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Staff Meeting Devotional Sept. 29, 2015

Called to Praise

There’s one kind of praise, an “easy” kind, that springs forth spontaneously from us when we are joyful.  We use the phrase “prayer and thanksgiving” a lot, and this kind of praise actually is thanksgiving.  It acknowledges the source of our joy.  

Staff meeting devotional Sept. 1, 2015

“Stop the Glorification of Busy”

I want to start out and be honest. My personal devotional life lately has been very lacking. I have let myself get caught up in the busyness of this time of year and have a nice list of excuses. A friend of mine posted this quote on social media the other day and it HIT me between the eyes: “Stop the glorification of busy.” Wow! I am so guilty of this. Am I really too busy to find time each day to spend with Him!?! And if I am, then I seriously need to make a shift in my priorities.

Self-Righteous Service vs. True Service (from Aug. 9 message)

9 Points to consider as we engage in works of compassion (from Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline):

  • Self-righteous service relies on human effort, whereas true service flows out of a relationship with God.
  • Self-righteous service is impressed with the “big deal,” whereas true service makes no distinction between the large and the small.
  • Self-righteous service requires external rewards, whereas true service rests contented in hiddenness.
  • Self-righteous service is concerned with results, whereas true service is free of the need to calculate them.
  • Self-righteous service picks and chooses whom to serve, whereas true service is indiscriminate in its ministry.
  • Self-righteous service  is affected by moods and whims, whereas true service ministers on the basis of need.
  • Self-righteous service is temporary, whereas true service is ongoing.
  • Self-righteous service is insensitive, whereas true service withholds as freely as it gives.
  • Self-righteous service fractures community, whereas true service builds community.

Staff Meeting Devotional May 12, 2015

“The Bread of Life”

“Christ had been exiled to Sunday mornings in our lives…We build him a temple but we live in our own houses… We must recognize that He makes fundamental claims on our entire being.

Staff meeting devotional May 5, 2015

Further Thoughts on Suffering

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the glories he’s experienced—glory in suffering for Christ and the glory of a celestial vision. He then goes on to say, “in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (v. 7).  

Staff Meeting Devotional Apr. 14, 2015

“My Ongoing Desire to Be Content”

Being content can be a constant struggle. The struggle between needs and wants and even the path my life has taken cause me to wrestle with just being content in the here and now. Why can’t we do this? Why can’t we have that? Why, why, why? It’s so easy to play the comparison game when we look at the size of someone else’s house or the “perfect” things others post on social media that are not perfect in my reality.

Prayers of Confession

Here are the ancient prayers of confession that Pastor Bob mentioned in a recent message. He uses them in his personal prayer time and would recommend them for others as well, substituting I/my for we/our.

Staff Meeting Devotional Mar. 31, 2015


I remember waking up in high school feeling overwhelming joy with the Lord! These days, I say “good morning” to him with a cringe, a painful awareness of my sin and the feeling that I fall so short in every measure. Where has my joy gone? How do I get it back?