Devotions

Devotion #480

480 More Musings on Romans 8 (10) I remember riding my motorcycle through the twisting, turning, curvy roads of the Missouri Ozarks.  The day was a perfect temperature with lots of sunshine.  The air had a sweet woodsy smell.  I recall telling myself: “It doesn’t get any better than this.”  It was one of those […]

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Devotion #478

478 More Musings on Romans 8 (7,8) When a person, or a church, makes a mistake it is not quickly, if ever, forgotten.  I do not know how many people I have talked to that have a sour taste in their hearts about church.  They tell how the church hurt them.  They see the church […]

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Devotion #477

477 More Musings on Romans 8 (6) Decisions!  Decisions!  I have known people that just could not make decisions.  One friend was always the last to order at a restaurant.  She could not decide.  Then when food arrived she would look at what each had ordered and declare, “I wish I had ordered that.”  Making […]

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476 More Musings on Romans 8 (4,5)

There is a song that frequents my mind.  In part it says, “Things I used to do, I don’t do no more.”  My mind tells me all sorts of things I can do, like shooting a basketball.  However, one try reveals that I cannot.  The joints just will not stand for it.  I think I […]

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475 More Musings on Romans 8 (3)

This fall Rev. Shane has had a series of sermons on the ten commandments — ten rules to live by given by God to Moses for the people.  Just do what they say and you will be restored to a proper relationship with God.  Just ten little rules to follow.  Yet in a breath or […]

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474 More Musings on Romans 8 (2)

We are so fortunate to have the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of this country.  I recently read a WWII biography about Louis Zamperini entitled Unbroken.  He was part of a bomber crew in the South Pacific when his plane went down.  He and two survivors were adrift in the ocean for over 40 days […]

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Devotion #471

In my neighborhood, as a kid growing up in a small town—very much like Mayberry, we played a pretty mean game of cowboys.  We had our hideout where we kept our treasures.  We fought off bandits and had many quick-draw contests—complete with extravagant death scenes.  Sometimes we left the neighborhood for the town square.  We […]

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Devotion #470

Politics stress me.  The typical campaign seems to focus on tearing down the opponent in whatever way possible.  My guess is that party “dirt finders” could even uncover some dirt on Jesus.  Rarely do I see words  that address issues and suggesting how the politicians can work together to resolve the nation’s problems.  As I […]

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n difficult weeks I am reminded of Psalm 103:2-4:  “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.  He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.  He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”  God is good and […]

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Church words are confusing.  Here are two that can be elusive.  They are grace and guidance.  Grace is the unconditional acceptance of God.  My favorite quote of all time is one of unconditional love:  “My two dogs are hopelessly phony.  They are always glad to see me.” – Hugh Prather.  I have this mental image […]

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Devotion #333

Quality of life was a frequent topic of conversation at my house as I dealt with the issues of an aging mother.  In the world I say her quality of life is poor.  Spiritually, her quality of life was excellent.  She had the “mind of Christ.”  She prayed frequently.  She smiled, joked, and was often […]

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Devotion #332

There are two “d” words that are crucial to a person of faith and often not understood.  The words are deliverance and discernment.  I believe one of the greatest gifts God gives believers is discernment.  However, I will never be as discerning as I could be as long as there is anything in me that […]

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Devotion #330

It is hard to believe there are Christmas ads out already and that before too many weeks we will be heading into Advent, that time of preparation and anticipation.  These trying times with a new civil unrest in many countries, economic disasters in the corporations that for decades have been the backbone of the economy, […]

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Devotion #329

I like Mel Brooks’ sense of humor.  Much of it is a play on words.  I appreciate the intelligence of those who love words and how they play in our minds.  One of his most memorable lines is from the film “History of the World.”  Brooks is Caesar and says, “It is good to be […]

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Devotion #326

I frequently thank God for the blessings I receive from CUMC—mainly the warm, open acceptance I experience here.  I was reminded, recently, of how cruel we are to each other.  My heart cried for a 10 year old girl—a child of God—born into this world as a “crack” baby with some physical features that are […]

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Devotion #325

“Use it or lose it” is a mantra for most of us.  The best illustration of this is of a professional pianist who said about practicing:  “If I miss one day of practice I can tell it.  If I miss two or more days my peers can tell it.  If I miss several days, the […]

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Devotion #323

Recent conversations seem to drift toward the $850 billion buy-out by the government.  Answers to questions are sparse.  For example, who administers the money?  Who will get the money?  How will it be repaid?  Will the very ones who directed the great losses walk away with huge golden parachutes?  Our very nature seems to cry […]

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Devotion #322

I have just returned from a short men’s retreat of about a 100 of some of the best Christian men I have ever met.  These are men of every size and shape, from white-collar to blue-collar, old and young—men that love Jesus so much they are willing to spend money and time to put themselves […]

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Devotion #328

I need your help in resolving a conflict that has arisen from my Bible reading.  I grew up with the teaching that what I am and what I achieve in my life is up to me.  If I am to attain anything of value in this life I must do it.  To be a well […]

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Devotion #321

Ever since I saw mountains for the first time, I have been in awe of their grandeur, their beauty, their solid, immovable nature.  Whether bathed in sunshine or wreathed in rain clouds or fog, their stillness and strength are an inspiration to me.  With the inspiration that mountains seem to provide, I am reminded of […]

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