Posts with the category “pocket-devotions”

November 5, 2021
November 5th, 2021
The decision to start writing regular devotions started at a pastor’s retreat over two years ago. A group of pastors from Grace had spent hours talking about the spiritual life of our community…...  Read More
by Grace Church
November 1, 2021
November 1st, 2021
Baptism is often described as a physical manifestation of our decision to follow Jesus. But Paul, in these verses, describes a level of “following” that is way more extensive than we sometimes conside...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 29, 2021
October 29th, 2021
Decades ago, I was at a weekend workshop focused on leadership and personal growth. For a full four days, we were paired with a partner we did everything with. Frankly, I wasn’t thrilled with my partn...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 27, 2021
October 27th, 2021
Matthew 25:14-15 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one ba...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 25, 2021
October 25th, 2021
This week we’re looking at a familiar parable Jesus told. In these two short verses, setting the scene for the parable, a lot is assumed. If we’re not careful…...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 22, 2021
October 22nd, 2021
Don’t be discouraged if this is the first part of Ephesians you’ve read this week. Every step towards God is one worth taking…...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 20, 2021
October 20th, 2021
So after you have read Ephesians 3 this morning, take a minute to prayerfully reflect on one or two of the questions below…...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 18, 2021
October 18th, 2021
Pastor Zach Stamp encouraged us to read through the book of Ephesians this week as a response to his message on the sacred way of scripture. So after you have read Ephesians 1 this morning…...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 15, 2021
October 16th, 2021
“I promise to do better.” How often does that sentence end your prayers of confession? Whether we mean to or not, that mindset can be a form of sacrifice, in the same way the Israelites used to offer ...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 13, 2021
October 13th, 2021
Notice David’s requests to God in these three verses. “Create in me a pure heart . . . Restore to me . . . Grant me a willing spirit...” What stands out to me is…...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 11, 2021
October 11th, 2021
Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin....  Read More
by Grace Church
October 8, 2021
October 8th, 2021
In middle school, some friends took me to an event at their church. It was a special appearance of John Jacobs and The Power Team. If you didn’t grow up in the 80s or early 90s, it’s really worth a tr...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 6, 2021
October 6th, 2021
On Monday we looked at the opening phrase from Psalm 135. Today we look at a passage in Jeremiah. Of note is that the Hebrew root of the words “praise” from Psalm 135 and “boast” from this passage are...  Read More
by Grace Church
November 3, 2021
October 6th, 2021
Romans 6:5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his....  Read More
by Grace Church
October 4, 2021
October 4th, 2021
If you do a quick search of “social media and mental health” you will see something interesting. Many of the articles discuss how social media damages mental health through comparison, bullying, and c...  Read More
by Grace Church
October 1, 2021
October 1st, 2021
Matthew 3:16-17As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from ...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 29, 2021
September 29th, 2021
This week, we’re looking at how this story of Jesus’s baptism takes unexpected turns and what it teaches us about the love of God. On Monday we looked at Jesus choosing humility and submission when he...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 27, 2021
September 27th, 2021
The gospels are full of examples of Jesus doing the unexpected. Dining with prostitutes and tax collectors, running amok through the temple, tipping over tables and scattering people, refusing to defe...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 24, 2021
September 24th, 2021
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad....  Read More
by Grace Church
September 22, 2021
September 22nd, 2021
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hang around children long enough and you’re guaranteed to hear it: “That’s not fair!” Where ...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 20, 2021
September 20th, 2021
Our passage today shows God describing himself to Moses, and it’s interesting that this same wording is repeated multiple times in the Old Testament. This is an important text – God wants us to accura...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 17, 2021
September 17th, 2021
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”...  Read More
by Grace Church
September 15, 2021
September 15th, 2021
When confronted with the holiness of God, the prophet Isaiah laments his own sin and wretchedness in comparison. God’s response (through his angel) says so much about His holiness....  Read More
by Grace Church
September 13, 2021
September 14th, 2021
This week we are looking at the holiness of God. But these verses display a fascinating aspect of God’s holiness that, for me, is unexpected. ...  Read More
by Grace Church
August 25, 2021
August 23rd, 2021
Our focus today is on verse 18: “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” ...  Read More
by Christine Anderson