Archives for April 2018

Weekly Devotional from Caroline Stanley – April 12-18, 2018

From Caroline Stanley’s Lenten devo
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

When I look closely at the last section of The Lord’s Prayer, I feel hope.  A few years ago I never would have been able to say that.

I didn’t believe in hope because I thought it was some fake optimistic idea that it was all going to be alright.  That was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made.  Have you ever given up on hope because you were angry at God?

Hope is often hard to reach and can sometimes feel unattainable.  Hope can be lost when going through tough times, but it is the idea of believing with confidence that those dark days will come to an end.

Pain is real, but so is hope.  The good news is that God’s goodness lasts forever.  No matter if you lose hope, His glory continues on.  What would our lives look like if we found hope in God?

It is so easy for us to harden our hearts when we lose hope, but God’s love endures and is stronger than any battle we are going through.  What do you think of the idea that hope doesn’t disappoint?

Hope in God is a place of peace– a place that will always be there.  The next time you hear the last part of The Lord’s Prayer, imagine the hope that comes form God’s endless love, and hold onto it.”

Adam’s Weekly Devotional – April 5-11, 2018

From Adam…

Last week was Holy Week.  The week we watch the joyful shouts of Hosanna mutate into the hateful cries of Crucify!  Last week, like this life, is a paradoxical alchemy of celebration and mourning. We remember the way we uniquely encounter God’s yes to us in Jesus Christ. And we reflect upon our no to God as we put the Son on the cross. The good news of Holy Week is that God says yes to us even though we say no to God. In what ways have you been saying no to God’s love in your life? In what ways have you been saying no to God’s love of others?  And how have you killed hope, love, and grace in yourself, in your relationships, and in your community? Maybe you haven’t killed those things. Perhaps you’ve just stood idly by as hope, love, and grace suffocate nearby while skepticism , resentment, and self-pity take their place. Grateful that Easter has come.  God knows we need it. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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