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  • September 19 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 19, 2021
    Destroying Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 3 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 16, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 12 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Developing Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 2 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 9, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 5 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 5, 2021
    Why Vulnerability? Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scri...
  • Hurricane Ida Relief Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Friends in Christ, I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake....
  • Week 1 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 2, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • Try Vulnerability Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    Alyssa Robinson shares why she struggles with vulnerability. I don’t understand vulnerability. There. I said it. I’ve seen all of Brene Brown’s Netflix specials, watched a few...
  • Jesus as Lord Monday, August 30, 2021
    Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the ...
  • August 29 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 29, 2021
    Jesus as Lord Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scripture...
  • Jesus as Prophet Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed...
  • August 22 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Jesus as Prophet Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Teacher Monday, August 16, 2021
    Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one w...
  • August 15 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 15, 2021
    Jesus as Teacher Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Friend Monday, August 9, 2021
    Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout ...

Category: Devotional

Everyone Needs Joy!

Tony Campolo is an American sociologist, pastor, author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton. In the below video, he shares an interesting story from a time when he was in Honolulu and somehow found himself throwing a birthday party for prostitutes. Everyone deserves a celebration in the church of Jesus Christ! Thoughts to Consider What evidence of God’s transformation in your life (perhaps through practicing spiritual... Read More
at Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rejoice!

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."  (John 15:11). "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  (Philippians 4:4) "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy." (Psalm 47:1) "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."  (Revelation 19:7) "A... Read More
at Monday, March 26, 2018

What to Expect When Fasting

What can you expect to experience during a fast? Hunger... your physical body needs food and is trained to expect food. You will probably experience both a physical and psychological craving for food (or for the food groups you are fasting from). Here are some ways to turn your physical hunger into spiritual growth: Turn hunger and craving into prayer. "God, as my body craves food, I crave Your presence." Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat... Read More
at Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pray With Your Kids

Our focus this week has been Lectio Divina. Did you know you can also do this spiritual practice with your kids? It might be a little different than if you were trying it by yourself (possibly more entertaining). Rev. Clay Horton and his wife Errinne led their kids Coleson and Brenna through Lectio Divina. Watch his intro video and try it with your kids or grandkids. He even included the full video of their time together and what scripure they read. Click here for a more... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, March 1, 2018

Visio Divina

Visio divina is another way to be contemplative. Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. (Lectio divina calls for a slow, careful interaction with scripture through meditation and prayer, allowing a word or phrase to rise in one's consciousness, a holy word to be savored and examined.) Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter God through images. Try Visio Divina Look at the image above painted by our own Rev. Doug Meyer. Let your eyes stay... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lectio Divina

This week we invite you to join us in the ancient practice of reading Scripture called Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina can be done individually or in a small group. The passage we are going to explore is John 4:7-15. Begin by acknowledging God’s presence during this set-aside time. Read the passage. Listen for any words or phrases that jump out. Read the passage again. Spend a moment reflecting on the words or phrases. What is God saying to you through this word or phrase? ... Read More
at Monday, February 26, 2018

Create Space

Rev. Clay Horton and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share how to create a space to encounter God: The spiritual practice of solitude is a gift, but it takes intentionality. How can you create space to find solitude on a regular basis? Creating space may mean a physical space in your house, or it might be creating space in your calendar. Spend time today creating time and space for solitude. Add some time for solitude to your calendar so that you'll practice it over the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Solitude & Silence

Invite God to be with you as you and bless your time together. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. - Luke 4:42 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. - Luke 5:15-16 Reflect on the following questions. Feel free to... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Breath Prayer

Breath prayer is an ancient Christian prayer practice dating back to at least the sixth century. Historically, it is associated with the Eastern Church, particularly Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. If you're trying to learn how to pray or what to pray, the breath prayer is a great place to start. Known as the "Jesus Prayer" or "Prayer of the Heart," early practitioners would repeat to the rhythm of their breath the phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Be Still Prayer

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10 Instruction Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm in 5 consecutively diminishing sentences. Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be still and know that I am.” After a couple deep breaths, pray “Be still and know.” After a couple deep breaths,... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Experience God in Solitude

Rev. Clay Horton  and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share tips to experience God through solitude: "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." - Mark 1:35 Examples of Jesus finding solitude are throughout the Gospels. Even Jesus needed to escape and find stillness. As we live into our first week of our lenten practices, we invite you to add a time of solitude to... Read More
at Monday, February 19, 2018

I Live Here

I am Brandon. Today I pray for you: May God’s call on your life lead you to ministry in your own community. May partnership and friendship be the start of a beautiful foundation in communities everywhere. I grew up in South Dallas. It's not that no one gets out and becomes successful. That's not part of the problem. The problem is that we get out, we find success and we stay away. We don't give this neighborhood the chance to benefit from our growth. Not me. I found... Read More
at Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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