Advent Devotion for December 16, 2014

Psalm 125 The Temple Mount sits at an elevation of about 2400 feet above sea level. Google Maps show several mountains surrounding it that are a few hundred feet higher. That gives a physical picture of the spiritual truth of God’s surrounding protection, His faithful vigilance, His continual working for our best. The psalm writer … Read more

A Message from our Bishop

Bishop Bill McAlilly has just released a pastoral letter on the immigration issue and our United Methodist response to immigrants in our community. When you get a chance, check it out at http://bishopbillmcalilly.com/2014/12/15/a-bishops-letter-on-immigration/

Advent Devotion for December 14, 2014

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 There’s nothing so good as when, upon realizing an enormous task before you, someone is there to offer a helping hand. When I read the featured scripture, my first thought was, “Wow, God, this all seems a LOT of work.” As human beings living in a troubled world, how can we be … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 13, 2014

Habakkuk 3:13-19  Life is Hard, and some people seem to have more than their fair share of Hard! Recently WSMV-TV tweeted a story headline that read “Cancer patients find miracle in rubble of burned-out home in Memphis.” As it turns out a woman who is battling cancer’s home burned while her daughters were battling cancer, … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 11, 2014

Philippians 3:7-11 The message that Advent brings is one of preparation for the Coming One. When Jesus came, his work was to invite us into the life of God. It is this life that the Apostle Paul celebrates in his letter to the Philippian church. Written toward the end of Paul’s life, this letter reflects … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 10, 2014

Luke 1:5-17  Faith! Sometimes our faith is tested just as God tested Zechariah’s. Although Zechariah was a priest and a righteous man, he was skeptical when the angel of the Lord appeared before him and told him God was going to bless him and Elizabeth with a baby, named John. Elizabeth was beyond childbearing age … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 9, 2014

Isaiah 4:2-6  The times we live in are full of trouble – global crises like the rise of terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus, and problems closer to home, like high school shootings and neighbors without jobs. We cry out under the weight of worry, and search desperately for freedom and release. Isaiah … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 8, 2014

Psalm 27 Advent is a time of expectation and waiting. David, in Psalm 27, is thinking about the future, and while it can’t come soon enough for him, David still ends the Psalm with this advice: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, take heart and wait for the LORD!” David also talks about celebrating, but … Read more