Church Blog (Page 3)

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DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 29, 2019

John 15:9 (The Message) I have loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. Before His crucifixion, Jesus equipped His disciples with His love. If you know that someone loves you, then you are able to yield to and trust him or her completely. You can count on that love to be there for you and you can live in assurance. The cure for fear is trusting in God (John 14:1).  Nothing…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 28, 2019

John 15:21 (NIV) Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. Jesus left his disciples with commandments that were to be obeyed and that would lead to the knowledge of God. The person who has stalled in his faith is usually sidetracked by addictions, or unhealthy relationships that draw him away from his…

10+ Families commit to Foster Care & Dozens more Offer Their Support

This Happened… …at WEAG’s Intertwined Family Next Steps event on Thu., May 23rd… • 150+ people gathered to explore their next step in caring for vulnerable kids. • 10+ families saying ‘YES’ to foster care. • 25+ families saying ‘YES’ to respite & wrap around care. • Dozens more saying ‘YES’ to supporting social workers, birth families & mentoring. What’s so exciting is that this isn’t a one church solution. Folks from churches all over Richmond gathered with us! Members…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 27, 2019

 John 14:27 (NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”   These were some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples before His crucifixion. He encouraged them because they were fearful of being left alone and helpless. He offered to them His peace. When going through a difficult life experience of sickness or grief or relational heartache, have…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 25, 2019

Exodus 33:11 (NIV) The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.  Moses learned how to listen to God’s voice, though that process came with many vacillations and detours. He learned to listen and obey; and their relationship became deeply intimate. But the Children of Israel were not ready for that kind of intimacy. Not far into their wilderness journey they realized how dangerous it was to be in God’s presence and they…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 24, 2019

Revelation 3:20 (The Message) Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.  “In meditative prayer we are creating the emotional and spiritual space that allows God to construct an inner sanctuary in the heart. Jesus knocks at the door of our heart—daily, hourly, moment by moment. He is longing to eat with us, to commune with us…in the…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. MAY 23, 2019

1 Kings 19:11 Go out and stand before me on the mountain…  In many ways Elijah’s experience at Mount Horeb’s cave is a representation of a place of despair, desolation, and dejection. After his profound experience on Mt. Carmel, Elijah ran for his life, collapsed in Horeb’s cave, and pled with God to take his life. But God “coaxed him out of his cave of depression and onto the mountain top. After ferocious winds shattering earthquakes and scorching fires (all…

DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 22, 2019

Joshua 1:8 (The Message) And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going then you’ll succeed. “The central element of the biblical view of meditation is obedience. This is a marked contrast to the various forms of meditation in many religions around the world. The biblical stress is always on ethical changer,…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 21, 2019

John 15:4 (The Message) Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. Healthy relationships are not built on a once-a-week conversation. They are built upon ongoing, transparent conversations that are woven through everyday experiences and lead to perspective and enlightenment. So it is with our faith. It must go beyond the Sunday morning worship hour and extend throughout every day of the week. God wants a long, personal, ongoing conversation with us. Does that…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 20, 2019

John 16:13 (The Message) But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to Himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.  As we study the life of Jesus Christ by reading the gospels, the Holy Spirit can direct our thoughts and unpack applications for…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 18, 2019

Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  How easily can you discern the source of your thoughts? How quickly do you act on your impulses? Have you learned the importance of delayed gratification? In our quick fix and easy-access culture we tend to overlook the importance of this discipline. The Holy Spirit makes use of delays to groom our hearts and He wants to teach us important truths in that can only be learned…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 17, 2019

Mark 10:28 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  James and John wanted to sit at seats of honor on the right and left of Jesus when He came into His glory. They were captivated by the grandeur of ministry; but Jesus pointed out a timeless truth. They did not understand the sacrifices, the dying to self, and the personal cross…