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Staff Meeting Devotional Mar. 10, 2015

“Not a ‘Ditto'”

Do you ever find yourself with the opportunity to spend some time people-watching? After sitting for a while, do you find yourself wondering, “Who really is this person I’m looking at? What do they like? What concerns them? What are their complexities, etc.?” How easy it is to go through life and not think about others outside of how they relate to ourselves!

Staff Meeting Devotional Feb. 10, 2015

“Life Is Like a Box of…Crayons”

A crayon is a useful thing.  It can be used to create beautiful artwork, things that bring joy.  It can be used to fashion objects of usefulness: labels, restroom signs, warning signs.

Staff Meeting Devotional Dec. 9, 2014

“Step into the Light”

Have you ever visited a cave? I’ve been in a few, but most recently I’ve been through Wolf Cave at McCormick’s Creek State Park. A friend and I ventured in, but neither of us had thought ahead and brought a flashlight. I’m not claustrophobic, but this was the closest I’ve ever been to being so. Wandering through that cave

Staff Meeting Devotional Nov. 11, 2014

“I thank my God…”

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people…For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his

Staff Meeting Devotional Nov. 4, 2014


The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all

Staff Meeting Devotional Oct. 28, 2014

“God the Gardener”

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener” (John 15:1).  “I am the vine, and you are the branches” (John 15:5).  Jesus is the True Vine!  In Isaiah 5:1-7, “The Song of the Vineyard,” God speaks of having planted a vineyard (which is Israel) that yielded only bad fruit and was destroyed in judgment.  Instead of being connected to a certain place, the people of God are now connected to Jesus–people of all nations,

Staff Meeting Devotional Oct. 21, 2014

“NO Plan B”

I recently read an article from OMS Outreach, entitled NO Plan B. After reading this article, I had to ask myself, “Am I radically dependent on God, or do I have a plan B? Is there unbelief mixed in with my faith?” In Isaiah 31:1, God calls the sin of unbelief “going back to Egypt”: “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,

Staff Meeting Devotional Sept. 30, 2014

“Get Back on the Bike”

Exercise is like spiritual growth—there are times when everything goes well and we’re cruising along easily, watching weight drop off and muscles become toned; other times, we plateau, see no progress, and feel like quitting.  C.S. Lewis is an author who helps me be OK with being in a continual training process.  If you get a chance, take a look at The Screwtape Letters, Ch. 8:

Staff Meeting Devotional Aug. 26, 2014


When you watch the news, or pray for friends, family, a situation, or the nations, do you ever feel a sense of hopelessness? Sometimes, we look around and think, “How can this situation change? What can be done here? How can evil be overcome?”

Staff Meeting Devotional Aug. 19, 2014

Thought for the day:  God is not limited by your story. Whatever is in your past, including your sins or the sins of others, God is able to work out a story of redemption. In what areas of your life might you open yourself to His work of cleaning you out and building you up in Him?