Happy is the Forgiven One – Psalm 32

I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t want to be happy.  Ask any parent, “What do you want for your children?”  Answer: “I just want them to be happy.”  The United States was founded upon the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Many people live like kings and queens – they have it all — and yet it’s amazing how many people are unhappy.   Many people seem lifeless.  Bored.  Frustrated. Anxious.  Cynical.  Depressed.  Unhappy.  Covid-19 has made life difficult but it hasn’t changed us – it has exposed what is already lying beneath the surface. We might […]

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Coronavirus and Christ

 Dear friends, we’re continuing to use John Piper’s free book, Coronavirus and Christ, for our Friday devotion. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please download it. Today’s devotion is the second half of Chapter 6, “Picturing Moral Horror”. Here are some questions to help us make the most of it: What strikes you most from this reading? What is one Biblical truth I can hold onto today from this reading? Who is one person I can share this truth with?  (Who may need this encouragement)  May the Lord our refuge and strength continue to grow us as a church family. […]

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The Heart of Worship

The apostle Paul wrote the following about worship in his letter to the Romans: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (12:1 ESV). Contrary to some beliefs, the essence of worship is not the outward singing, praying, giving of offerings or lifting of hands that is done on Sundays in church. Jesus warned his disciples in The Sermon on the Mount against the dangers of acting holy, praying, fasting and giving only so that it may be seen […]

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Coronavirus and Christ – John Piper

 Dear friends, we’re continuing to use John Piper’s free book, Coronavirus and Christ, for our Friday devotion. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please download it. Today’s devotion is the first half of Chaper 6, “Picturing Moral Horror”. Here are some questions to help us make the most of it: What strikes you most from this reading? What is one Biblical truth I can hold onto today from this reading? Who is one person I can share this truth with?  (Who may need this encouragement)  May the Lord our refuge and strength continue to grow us as a church family. […]

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The Gift of Solitude and Silence

The author, Richard J. Foster, wrote a great book entitled, Celebration of Discipline, and he begins the chapter on solitude in the following way: “Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude. The fear of being left alone petrifies people. A new child in the neighborhood sobs to her mother, ‘No one ever plays with me.’ A college freshman yearns for his high school days when he was the center of attention: ‘Now I’m a nobody.’ A business executive sits dejected in her office, powerful, yet alone. An old woman lies in a nursing home waiting to go ‘Home.’” The COVID-19 […]

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