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Staff Meeting Devotional Aug. 5, 2014


At a previous job that I held for a long time, I found myself struggling to succeed. As the resources for doing the job seemed to decrease, I thought the answer was to persevere, to endure, to work a little faster, a little longer. In the end, God took pity on me and stepped in.

Staff Meeting Devotional Apr. 15, 2014

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho?”

Joshua 6 brings to mind the song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” which celebrates Joshua’s faith. Though his faith is notable for sure, there’s a whole lot of emphasis on the work of the Lord in this chapter!

Staff Meeting Devotional Apr. 8, 2014

“I know the plans I have for you…”

Jeremiah 29:4-14

Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylon with instructions and prophecy. His instructions are that the people should not to sit and cross their arms in anger at the Babylonians’ destruction of their capitol city, though they would seem justified in this reaction. He tells them to carry on with life, to seek the peace and prosperity of the

Staff Meeting Devotional Mar. 25, 2014

“Good King, Bad King?” (2 Kings 18-21, 2 Chronicles 29-33)

Hezekiah was a good king, tearing down idols and the high places set up by past kings of Judah, trusting in God and keeping his commands, and reopening the temple. Yet in 2 Kings 19, pride takes over and he shows off the wealth of the kingdom to the Babylonians. In response, God declares that all that the Babylonians saw they will

Staff Meeting Devotional Mar. 11, 2014

“Doubting Thomas”

Remember back to the days of high school, when yearbooks would come out at the end of the year. Did you find yourself leafing through the pages, wondering if you were in any of the activity pictures, only to find yourself saying, “Oh no, they picked that picture?!” I wonder if Thomas would have the same reaction if he read about

Staff Meeting Devotional Mar. 4, 2014

“This Is My Son”

Luke 9:28-36

This passage describes the transfiguration of Jesus and suggests so many questions! What exactly were Jesus, Moses, and Elijah saying about Jesus’ departure? Did they talk about the cross? His ascent into heaven? Other upcoming events? How did the disciples know that it was Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus? The disciples

Staff Meeting Devotional Feb. 18, 2014

“Are You for Me or Against Me?”

You know those days when someone lets you down, or things don’t go as you had planned? Our indignation cries, “Why isn’t so-and-so doing what I need them to? Why can’t my plan work the way I thought it needs to? The way this is happening isn’t good for me!” Our frustration, however justified, can lead us to focus on self. Our cries to

Staff Meeting Devotional Feb. 11, 2014

“From the Lips of Children and Infants”

The elementary children of ECC are being encouraged to think of worship not as something that happens “up there” on a stage, but something they are a part of and participating in. The kids are usually given the opportunity to pray aloud for the offering, but it is often the same couple of kids who volunteer. To encourage others to lead in

Staff Meeting Devotion Feb. 4, 2014

“Here I Am”

In Genesis 22, God tests Abraham’s trust and obedience when he asks Abraham to sacrifice his long-awaited, beloved, only son. Can you imagine God’s asking you to kill your treasured child and responding with Abraham’s composure? “God you are crazy to ask this of me” would seem a reasonable response, but Abraham simply says,