Hallelujah is Forever

Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Hallelujah is Forever View in browser April 18, 2022 Hallelujah is Forever Vince Amlin God’s anger is but for a moment; God’s favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:5 (NRSV with inclusive language) The other day, … Read more

Promise of Eternal Life

Promise of Eternal Life View in browser April 17, 2022 Promise of Eternal Life Donna Schaper Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. – John 20:8-9 (NRSV) A 4-year-old … Read more

To Be Human

To Be Human View in browser April 16, 2022 To Be Human Vince Amlin There came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body … Read more

Good Friday

Good Friday View in browser April 15, 2022 Good Friday Kaji Douša “Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, Jesus breathed his last. – Luke 23:46 (NRSV) I once walked into a church that I found viscerally revolting. Not because it didn’t serve God—the church’s heart was clear. But the spirit … Read more

Eat and Run

Eat and Run View in browser April 14, 2022 Eat and Run Kenneth Samuel “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover.” – Exodus 12:11 (NLT) We hate to eat … Read more

The Promise of Joy

The Promise of Joy View in browser April 13, 2022 The Promise of Joy Molly Baskette Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing … Read more

Getting Real

Getting Real View in browser April 12, 2022 Getting Real Mary Luti Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” – Matthew 16:22-23 (NRSV) A … Read more

From Holy Week to Earth Week

From Holy Week to Earth Week Many of the themes from Holy Week transfer to the focus we give God’s creation during Earth Week. To be certain, the present state of our environment is cause for grief. At the same time, in the UCC we have good reason to let our Easter “hallelujah” resound and … Read more

A Better Person Than I Am

A Better Person Than I Am View in browser February 22, 2022 A Better Person Than I Am Kenneth Samuel When David had finished speaking, Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you … Read more

Deceptive Cadences

Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Deceptive Cadences View in browser February 21, 2022 Deceptive Cadences Vince Amlin Jesus taught them, saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In … Read more