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Jan
24
12:00 AM00:00

Romans 7:1-6, Life in the Spirit

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But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
— Romans, 7:6

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 24, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Foggy spirit creature.

Paul’s whole argument in Ephesians really gets kind of lost with me. All this talk of LAW and SPIRIT is so confusing. Again, it’s important to go back to the original context of the writing. Early Christian communities seem to have been struggling with defining what it meant to live a new life in Christ. Some thought the old law was irrelevant. Others became moralists.

It hasn’t changed much, has it?!

Living a life in the Spirit—God’s Spirit—isn’t something that has to be difficult. It isn’t a concept that only the “learned” can understand. All it means is that God has already given each of us a new life in Christ. That there is absolutely nothing we can do to lose or change that fact that we have a new life.

One obvious response is to throw away morality and the law. Another is to forget our new life.

I think the key with this scripture is understanding that the truth lies somewhere in between. God is good, always!

New life in the Spirit? What does it mean to you? Feel free to leave a comment!

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Luke 5:33-39, Question about Fasting
Jan
23
12:00 AM00:00

Luke 5:33-39, Question about Fasting

Key Verse

‘You cannot make wedding-guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.’
— Luke 5:34-35

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Jesus was a rule breaker.

He was a radical, game changing, controversial presence - and he got people worked up.

There were reasons for the rule-breaking - it was never just for the sake of chaos - but if you didn’t understand what exactly Jesus was up to - or the fact he was the son of God - he must have seemed like a really wild person - someone you’d want to watch!

It makes me wonder - where is God breaking in here and now that I’m uncomfortable with - am I resisting a new idea or person because I’m too freaked out by the newness?

How can we be open to the in-breaking of God?

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Jan
22
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1 Corinthians 1:3-17, Christ Does Not Divide

Key Verse

What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided?
— 1 Corinthians 1:12-13a

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Even from the birth of the church, there were different flavors of Christianity. Now we call them denominations. Back then, people called themselves followers of those who brought the word to them. Some said they belonged to Paul; others to Apollos (another preacher who followed John the Baptist); still others to Cephas (Peter).

But Paul didn’t want Christ’s followers to assign themselves to people. He wanted all Christians to follow only Christ. The early church was too small and too frail to survive such divisions. They needed unity to survive.

Today, we still need unity. Christianity has become so large, it makes sense people will assign themselves to a particular denomination that preaches what they want to hear. But some of God’s best work is done when people reach across denominational — and yes, even religious — lines to serve humanity. I truly believe God doesn’t care what we call ourselves if we are working to make this world better.

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Jan
21
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Romans 12:9-21, Peace & Other People

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If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
— Romans 12:9-21

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 21, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

crowd of people walking on street

Sartre is often misquoted with the turn of the phrase “hell is other people.” Still, it seems to kind of make sense!

I don’t know about you, but I value my alone time greatly. I love hearing that my wife and my two boys will be out of town for a couple of days to visit relatives or do something without me.

And I immediately miss them a few hours after they’re gone!

As human beings, God created us to live in community. It’s not just difficult with your family and friends, but think of the times when we have to get along with neighbors who we neither know nor trust.

There is now more than 7 billion people living on this planet. We’re beginning to feel the strain of what that population can continue to sustain itself. The following decades, I fear, will be steeped in violence and mistrust. In many ways, they already are.

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to live peacefully with others. How does that happen, though? I believe it begins with simply allowing others to live and learning to understand them better. For such is the work of God, Godself.

Grant me peace to live with others, amen.

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Jan
20
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John 2:1-11, Second Sunday After Epiphany

Key Verse

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’
— John 2:9, 10

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, January 20, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

2nd Epiphany 2019

Main Idea: Sometimes our greatness needs a little push in the right direction.

Mothers want the best for their children. It’s what they do. Mothers also want their children to become productive and successful members of society using their best gifts to make the world a better place. In this text, we learn Mary was no exception.

Jesus had barely gathered followers when an opportunity to show his greatness found him. The wine ran out at a wedding – a terrible faux pas then and now. What an embarrassment it would have been for the wedding families to send the guests home unsatisfied! In a culture where shame was tangibly painful, Mary knew that Jesus had it within him to save them from such shame.

But Jesus resisted. Was it because he didn’t feel ready? Was it because God hadn’t yet given him the green light? We don’t know why, but clearly it wasn’t abhorrent for him to perform such a miracle or he certainly would have refused. But this exchange between Jesus and Mary is light and whimsical. Mary asks him to help. He refuses. Mary ignores his refusal and makes it impossible for him to say no.

Reluctantly, Jesus obliges, and the wedding is saved. His first miracle is done, and his ministry is officially underway. We will never know how long it might have taken Jesus to begin his ministry if not for Mary’s nudge, and we will never know what his first miracle might have been. Maybe this is how it was always supposed to happen. Nobody, including Jesus, lives and works in total isolation. All of us need to be surrounded by the people that push us, challenge us, support us, and love us no matter what. Sometimes our greatness needs a little push in the right direction from the people that know us better than we know ourselves.

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Luke 11:14-23, Jesus and Beelzebul
Jan
19
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Luke 11:14-23, Jesus and Beelzebul

Key Verse

But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
— Luke 11:20

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, January 19, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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The people watching Jesus casting out demons felt threatened.

What’s the fastest way to help yourself feel less threatened?

Start tossing out accusations that whomever you are threatened by is doing wrong. Shift the focus off your own insecurity by trying to throw someone else under the bus.

When the world comes at you, shouting accusations and making you feel insecure, pause a moment.

Is it that you are really doing wrong, or are they feeling insecure?

Don’t let the fear of others keep you from the mission you have been given as a Christian.

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Jan
18
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1 Corinthians 7:1-7, No Need to Refrain from Sex

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Do not deprive one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
— 1 Corinthians 7:5

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, January 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Paul knew as well as any that everything always seems to come down to sex. Even in his day, people were preoccupied with it. He was an apocalyptic writer, meaning he and others of his day believed Christ would return any day and bring about the end of the world as they knew it. With all that to worry about, people wanted to know: can they have sex during an impending apocalypse?

Paul had previously also preached abstinence, urging people who were not married to remain unmarried. This wasn’t to discourage healthy familial relations — it was because there wasn’t time to cultivate long-lasting marriages. The end was near, and there was work to be done. And so, Paul preached abstinence.

But those who were married were concerned — did Paul mean abstinence for them, too? Paul conceded (with a heavy sigh, I imagine) that married people could continue to have sex — probably as much to keep them from committing the even more egregious sin of adultery as to keep them happy in their marriages.

Some things haven’t changed. It always comes back to sex.

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Jan
17
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Jeremiah 3:1-5, Forgetfulness & God's People

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Have you not just now called to me,
‘My Father, you are the friend of my youth—
will he be angry for ever,
will he be indignant to the end?’
This is how you have spoken,
but you have done all the evil that you could.
— Jeremiah 3:4-5

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 17, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Elephants never forget

O if I could be like the elephant and never forget who created me! Isn’t that the thing, though? It’s very easy to forget about God and God’s conviction to continue to stay with us, even though we so often turn back to things that do not give life.

The prophet Jeremiah dealt with the same problem with God’s people back in that time—the people had forgotten where they came from and turned away. Why is it so easy for people to forget? I don’t know the answer to this. But what I do know is that God never forgets. God also never gives up on us.

And for that, I’m very grateful.

Help me remember today, O God, that you are there for me always. Amen.

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Luke 11:33-36, The Light of the Body
Jan
16
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Luke 11:33-36, The Light of the Body

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If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.’
— Luke 11:36

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Sometimes the thought of being light for others to find the way to Christ is a beautiful thing.

Other times, it’s downright scary and filled with pressure.

If a part of you is feeling darkness, you can’t be the light - which feels true.

But for those who struggle with depression or other mental health issues, it can feel like a shameful reminder that our brains don’t always cooperate with us and our desire to share love and light.

Instead of finding shame in this, know that if you are feeling darkness, you don’t have to fake light. That is the time to care for yourself and do what needs to be done to bring you to a place where you can shine once more.

And never fear, the light of Christ will shine brightly enough that there will never be total darkness - no matter how much you are struggling.

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Jan
15
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1 John 5:13-21, Keep from Idols

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Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
— 1 John 5:21

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that the media refer to its viewers as “ordinary people,” as if famous people are extraordinary simply because they are famous. If I’m being honest, I don’t know if it bugs me because I know I’m more than ordinary, or because I fear I might not be. Maybe wrestling with this bravado vs lack of confidence is why so many of us “ordinary” people are so obsessed with the rich and famous.

Now, I didn’t stay up all night to watch any of the royals’ weddings. But I do sneak a peek at the articles in my feed that break news of Kate and Meghan’s spat. (Don’t judge me — you do it, too!) There’s something about dreaming about people whose lives seem so vastly different — and better — than mine that’s intoxicating. What would it be like to walk a red carpet or fly in a private jet? How wonderful would it be to buy my family and friends whatever Christmas gifts I wanted without worrying about paying for it come January! I hang on the movements of modern-day idols because it gives me an escape from my extraordinarily ordinary life.

But it doesn’t truly serve me. All of this makes me covet what they have (see a problem here?). When I covet, I fail to be grateful for the life I have. Am I happy when I’m dreaming? For a while, but then it fades when I compare the dream to my real life. I’m truly filled with joy, however, when I practice gratitude, generosity, charity, and expressions of faith toward God. Being rich and famous can’t bring that kind of internally produced, eternally satisfying joy.

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Jan
14
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Ephesians 6:10-17, The Armor of God

Key Verse

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
— Ephesians 6:17

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 14, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Medieval Knight in Armor

The world can sometimes seem an awfully scary place to live in. Above and beyond all that humanity seems to be doing to screw up the world, each person must learn how to live true to themselves and the Infinite One when there are many things vying for our attention and faith.

Although the symbol of armor might seem outmoded today, it still makes sense in that our faith should be something that protects us from the destructive messages of the world. It is comforting to know that we can resist the things that might destroy us (or, at the very least, vie for our attention) so that God can hold a new importance in our lives.

O God, make me strong—not with my own strength, but yours. Place the armor of God around me, that I might be protected from the messages that do me harm. Amen.

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Jan
13
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Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday after Epiphany)

Key Verse

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
— Luke 3:16-17

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, January 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Baptism 2019

Main Idea: Baptism offers a new life.

The people in the wilderness following John were looking for something. They were living in a land now occupied by Rome, and they were limited in what they could do and say. Their freedom was precarious, and their voices were unheard. It’s no surprise they flocked to the wilderness to hear the words of God’s prophets, hoping to hear something that would give them hope for a better life.

I am forever searching for a new life. It’s not that my life is so awful – it’s just that I can envision it could be so much more. I watch the celebrities with their millions of dollars and wish I could have enough money to do all the things I want. I watch teenagers come and go from my home and wish I could have no responsibilities save a little school work. I never seem to be satisfied, always wishing for a life that’s not mine.

This account of Jesus’ baptism includes all of the baptismal promises of new life. What happened in Jesus’ baptism is just what happens to us when we are baptized. First, the heavens are ripped open – a rending of the barrier that separated people from God. Second, the Holy Spirit descended upon him. Next, God claimed Jesus as God’s own. Finally, Jesus is ready to minister in the cold, harsh world, but fully equipped to face the hardships that may come. The first Christian baptism.

Baptism offers new life. But not the kind I think I want. The kind of new life baptism offers is already mine. But I resist claiming it. This new life offers death to sin. But I still cling to my sin, reluctant to let it go. This new life offers peace, joy, and love. But I keep searching for peace, joy, and love in shiny new things, new relationships, and new locations. How difficult it is for me to let go of the old life and accept the new! What might it take for me to surrender to the new life offered in baptism?

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1 Corinthians 2:11-16, The Spiritual Path
Jan
12
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1 Corinthians 2:11-16, The Spiritual Path

Key Verse

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
— 1 Corinthians 2:12

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, January 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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The human existence is mysterious.

There are many things about our world and our lives that we can measure and explain and study.

But there are pieces of our lives that remain a complete mystery.

What is it that makes us who we are? Is it our brains? Or do we truly have a soul, a spirit, that cannot be measured?

Scientists say that there is a small change in weight that happens at death - and some say that is scientific proof of the existence of a soul.

Those with faith don’t need the proof, we have faith - however small it might be - that God is at work in us and in our spirit!

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11
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1 Corinthians 2:1-10, God Reveals through the Spirit

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What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.
— 1 Corinthians 2:9

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, January 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It’s no mystery that the things of God are a mystery. (See what I did there?) Yes, we think we know so much about the things of God. Humanity in general (yes, you and me, too) likes to think we have all the answers we need. Sure, there are some things we don’t know, like what’s beyond the edge of time and space. But we seem to think we have a handle on what God wants from us.

Some of us believe God wants us to behave in a certain way, while others believe the opposite. The political division in the US shows this with startling clarity. Some believe God wants all people to abide by the law — even when the law demands we leave families with children stranded behind a border wall in a hostile country. Others believe God wants all people to have the same opportunity to thrive in a free country — even when storming the border wall is against the law. Who’s right about what God wants? We all believe we have been given the gift of revelation by the Spirit and that whatever we believe is right. (I know I do.)

What’s the answer? I wish I had one. I do believe we need to be willing to be wrong and to listen to people with differing viewpoints. As long as we dig in our heels, we will always face division and hostility. Open minds and open hearts might yet reveal God’s will to all willing to receive it.

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10
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1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Foolishness & Power

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For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
— 1 Cor 1:18

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 10, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Cross on Mountaintop

The symbol of the cross is perhaps one of the most wholly misunderstood symbols in the world. The difficulty lies in its adoption as a symbol of the Christian religion. What once was a radical re-appropration of a symbol of death, torture and destruction has been softened. The ‘gator lost its teeth, because we no longer see a the symbol what it really stands for.

However, when you place the cross in its original context, it becomes incredibly powerful and totally appropriate to symbolize our faith in Jesus from Nazareth. Additionally, today’s daily RCL reading from 1 Corinthians makes sense—the cross is foolishness for those who see it as a symbol of death. I mean . . . why would any religion choose an emblem of failure for its faith?!

The power of the cross comes in God’s refusal to allow use to fall into darkness. Jesus hangs on the cross not only to “die for our sins”, but fill all things up—even death—so that we might have God’s eternal life.

Is the cross foolishness or power? What do you think?

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Luke 1:67-79, Zechariah's Prophecy
Jan
9
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Luke 1:67-79, Zechariah's Prophecy

Key Verse

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
— Luke 1:76

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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What must it have been like to be Zechariah and Elizabeth?

Wait until old age for a baby - and then when God gives you a baby it isn’t an ordinary person - this baby is a prophet who will prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah!

We all have hopes for the lives of the newborns in our kinship - but to know that something great was headed their way must have been a wild ride!

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8
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Ephesians 5:15-20, Against Drunkenness

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Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit.
— Ephesians 5:18

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

There’s a reason Paul preached against drunkenness. Sure, nearly everybody has had a little too much once or twice. But for many, a few drinks becomes too many, and too many becomes addiction. Up until the early 1930s, there was no cure and no reasonable treatment for addiction. Often people were locked up, put in insane asylums, or even lobotomized. There was nothing else to be done. Addiction was a fatal disease. Thanks to Bill W. and Dr. Bob, AA was born, and now there is a treatment that is effective for many. There is still no cure, however, and very few addicts maintain recovery even with AA and NA available worldwide.

If you believe you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can get help. Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings nearly every day nearly everywhere. Narcotics Anonymous also helps people all over the world.

If you have a loved one suffering from addiction, you may be at a loss about what to do. Family members tend to suffer similar symptoms of the disease as those who are addicted: illness, depression, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, insomnia, to name a few. In short, family members get sick, too, when a loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction. Al-Anon and Alateen are extremely useful in helping loved ones heal.

All of these programs teach one thing Christians have known for centuries: there is healing when we surrender to a higher power.

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Ephesians 4:17-5:1, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

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Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.
— Ephesians 4:26-27

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Interpretation of holy scripture can be difficult at times. Many people, while reading the Bible, will cherry pick passages that seem to speak to their lives and reflect what they believe the Bible to be about. This is dangerous—mostly because a person can turn scripture into a reflection of his or her making.

The pseudo-Pauline letter of Ephesians is no exception. There are many fine passages in Ephesians and the whole of the letter is hopeful. However, certain passages seem to lift of a moralization that doesn’t reflect the overall tone of the letter. Although morality is an exceedingly important theme in the Bible, it certainly isn’t the whole picture. Still, many people from both sides of the aisle turn the Bible into a big book of moralism, instead of what it really is—a love letter from God to humanity showing us our connection with God and the rest of the universe.

Sometimes, not letting the sun go down on your anger is beyond just morality; it is a way of life to see the larger picture.

Have I turned the Bible into something it’s not? Grant me grace, God, to reflect on the whole of your Word. Amen.

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Jan
6
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Matthew 2:1-12, Epiphany of the Lord

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When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
— Matthew 2:10-11

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, January 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Epiphany 2019

Main Idea: Hope is a powerful survival tool.

Jews in Jesus’ day were concerned with ending their occupation by Rome. They were seeking signs within their faith tradition for hope and guidance. Matthew’s gospel offered both. The story of Jesus’ birth and the visit by the magi (astrologers, also seeking signs from the heavens— the skies) set up Jesus not only as the one to save Israel from Roman rule, but also the deliverer promised by God by the prophets.

Interestingly, the prophets proclaimed variations in their stories of the deliverer. Some placed the deliverer from the town of Bethlehem. Some from Egypt. Others from Nazareth. Matthew’s gospel solves this conflict by placing Jesus in each of these locations—Jesus was born in Bethlehem, fled from Herod to Egypt, and settled in Nazareth.

But Matthew doesn’t stop there. Not only does Matthew look back at the words of the prophets, but the story also looks forward to the importance of the child. The gifts brought by the magi—gold, frankincense, and myrrh— were gifts for a king, but also gifts used to prepare a body for burial. Even from the beginning, Matthew’s gospel establishes Jesus’ royalty and the work he would do to save the world—death on a cross and resurrection.

Matthew’s gospel brings hope to a weary people. Even the messages delivered in dreams convey the hope that God is on their side and will deliver them as God has done so many times before. But in this story, the deliverance isn’t for this life only, but for eternal life. The salvation isn’t just for people, but for all of creation.

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John 1:10-18, The Word Become Flesh
Jan
5
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John 1:10-18, The Word Become Flesh

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The Word became flesh and lived among us.
— John 1:14

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, January 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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The Word of God is not the Bible - it’s Jesus Christ himself.

How might Christian hearts shift if they remembered first that the Word of God isn’t a collection of quotes and stories on paper, but the Son of God who was made human to live on Earth and experience life just like each and every one of us?

Would we have more patience for the nuances that are human life instead of a strict adherance to laws?

Would we be more grateful for the life we are given?

Would we trust that God truly understand us? That we are loved?

Would that love increase our love toward others?

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Acts 7:44-53, God Does Not Dwell in Houses

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Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands.
— Acts 7:48

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, January 4, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Welcome! Chances are as good as not that you have recently started these daily devotions as a New Year’s resolution. For those of you who have been with us for a while, thank you for your time and attention!

If you are new, you’ve likely committed to reading a devotion every. Single. Day. For a year. If you succeed, congratulations! Here’s the trick to developing a new habit: when you miss a day (and you will), don’t give up! Creating a new healthy habit is not a once-and-done affair, nor is it an all-or-nothing deal. So, when you miss a day, just pick it up again the next day. Yeah, it’s just that simple. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.

David wanted desperately to build God a home. He was an eager beaver that way. But God told him to wait. It would be David’s son, Solomon, who would have the honor of building a temple for God. That had to be a difficult reality to face — that, despite David’s commitment to God, he would not get to see the culmination of his efforts to give God a permanent home. Did that deter David? Nope. He remained consistent even though the rewards were reserved for his kid.

So, be patient. New habits take time, and the rewards can be slow in coming. Stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.

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3
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Luke 8:16-21, I'm Gonna Let it Shine

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‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.
— Luke 8:16

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 3, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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One of the most impressionable memories I have from my childhood is singing music. I’ve stated before that singing is an activity that many people don’t often do. There are few places where it’s socially acceptable to belt out your favorite tune. (Perhaps in the car, though, listening to your favorite band!)

The song “This Little Light of Mine” was one we often sang at church camp and in Sunday School. At first glace, it would seem that the song is an exercise in self-aggrandizement. However, it’s not—instead, the song praises the ability that each of us has to use our own gifts to glorify God.

Dear God, do I use my gifts to glorify you? Do I let my light shine?

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James 3:13-18, Two Kinds of Wisdom
Jan
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James 3:13-18, Two Kinds of Wisdom

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And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
— James 3:18

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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True wisdom comes from above - but doesn’t it feel like a lot of work to find our wisdom from above?

Isn’t it easier to react with the first emotion that comes forth? More satisfying?

Perhaps - but the lasting effects of those choices can affect those around us for years to come. One snap decision made out of anger can destroy relationships that have taken years to establish.

Leaning on the wisdom from above may not be easy, but will always steer us right.

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