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Y Pray for Amy Moore’s dad, John, as he struggles with hip and knee pain and is seeking the best medical treatment plan. Y Continue to pray for Bakia, journey mercies as he travels back from Cameroon. Y Pray for Pa Alemka in Cameroon, (Karen Bakia’s friend’s dad) who is in the hospital. Y Thank you to God for his faithfulness and strength to get us through and that his love is new every morning. Y Pray for Blaine’s mom, Josh Dochniak’s best friend, as she is dying from stage 4 cancer. Y Pray for Stacy Foreman’s mom, Shirley Sanborn, as she is having cataract surgery over the next several weeks. Y Pray for Jon & Jodi Black’s friend Joanne Seeman Benick who has cancer. Y Al’s father, Rocci Norcia cancer has returned and is starting Chemo treatments. Please pray for him. Y Continue to pray for Cathy Smith who is struggling with mental illness. Y Pray for Jennifer’s neighbor, Jenna Undersander, who was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. Y Pray for Kate, friend of Sally Leitch, who is on bed rest. Y Steven Van Meter, son of Kevin & Pam Van Meter, who is serving our country in Afghanistan. Y Pray for Jerry Hermsen’s brother, Vern, who is in a home for Alzheimer’s. Y Pray for Jerry Hermsen who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Y Pray for John Thiessen as he lives with cancer.
Y For Bobbie Pearson, friend of Gloria Ivers, has completed chemo and is on her way to recovery. Thank you for the prayers. Y Pray for Beverly Dols, John Iver’s sister, completed chemo and is on her way to recovery. Thank you for the prayers. Y Pray for David Schwartz (friend of George & Dianne Black) as he is suffering from cancer. Y Pray for Donna McCullen, wife of Ken McCullen, who is suffering from cancer.
Since I, Pastor Paul, didn’t preach this past Sunday, I decided to try something a bit different with the devotion. This week I’ve shared some devotions contributed to Upper Room. Upper Room is an organization that shares many spiritual resources with individuals and churches. The following devotions were written by people from all over the world. Enjoy! More information about Upper Room can be found at upperroom.org. Comments about the devotion can be Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, May 6 Read Luke 19:1-10 During a recent flight aboard a private plane, I sat in the co-pilot’s seat. Five minutes into the trip, the pilot made a sharp left turn and began descending. The airtraffic controller had informed him that another aircraft was heading in our direction. This experience reminded me that the need to change direction is also part of our earthly journey, at times to steer us away from a dead-end path to one that is life-giving. In the Bible we see this repeatedly. Having observed and listened to Jesus, the tax collector Zaccheus realized that he wanted to know more. He invited Jesus into his home, and that encounter
changed Zaccheus. He declared a new approach to how he dealt with people, saying, “Half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Jesus also spoke to Nicodemus (see John 3) and to the woman at the well (see John 4) about changing their direction. This still happens today. Through family members, friends, pastors, and even strangers, God continues to call us in new directions. And as we pray, listen, and obey, we can trust that God will guide us on our journey through new territory. Written by Stephanie Brooks from the French West Indies
of the day interfere with enjoying nature’s beauty, but I try to save part of every day to pay attention to God’s “wonderful works.” Written by Judith O. Jolly from North Carolina Wednesday, May 8 Read Luke 12:13-21 Today in my country, we are suffering from tremendous insecurity because of widespread violence. This has caused many of us to avoid owning automobiles or jewelry because having them exposes us to the danger of losing our possessions or even our lives. Living under these extreme circumstances reminds us of Jesus’ message not to store up treasures on earth but to seek rather the kingdom of heaven. Even with all our precautions not to appear wealthy, a young man wielding a gun stole my wife’s car. My wife was not harmed, thank goodness; and the thief did not take her purse or the keys to our house. However, we have not been able to forget this incident. My wife reminds me, “We did not lose only the car; we lost our security and sense of peace.” Today, we live modestly out of necessity rather than conviction. The disciples of Jesus went a step further. For their faith, they left everything they knew to seek the kingdom of heaven. Our challenge is to nurture our spiritual growth and to place it ahead of absurd accumulation of riches — to act out of faith rather than fear. Written by Magdiel Martinez of Nuevo Leon, Mexico Thursday, May 9 Read Psalm 69:30-32 The Lord did not bless my father with a pleasant singing voice. Quite the opposite: Dad couldn’t carry a tune even if it had handles on it. Standing next to him in church made singing hymns difficult. My mother sang in the choir. My sister and I
often shared a hymnal with Grandma, leaving Dad to howl in solitude at the other end of the pew. This never seemed to bother him. Each worship service found him enthusiastically adding his dissonant voice to the great hymns of the faith. He truly did make a “joyful noise” — every Sunday. The quality of our vocal efforts is not important to God. God doesn’t care if we sing like angels or bleat like goats. God, who created us, knows our abilities. The act of praise from those who love God pleases God. When we sing in worship, we aren’t performing for the approval of the people around us. We’re lifting our voices to please God, who loves us, cares for us, and died for us. Written by Jacob Schneider (Maryland, USA) Friday, May 10 Read Matthew 6:25-34 My husband has been out of work this past year. And this was not the first time; over the last 20 years he has been laid off five times. Each time has become more difficult for us as husband and wife and as a family. Our three children have endured many hardships and fears related to this. We’ve experienced days with no oil for heat or propane for hot water. We’ve had empty food shelves and no electricity. We even endured a three-week period without a car, making it difficult to get to school, stores, and church in our suburban area. Even though we’ve experienced hardships, we’ve also received care by unexpected means. People have given us food, cars, propane, money, and their prayers and support. These people served as God’s angels to us during these times, and we’ve learned to trust God to help us meet our needs. God has blessed us far more than the beautiful lilies Jesus described. When we know and accept God’s love, we can face tomorrow’s
Tuesday, May 7 Read Psalm 104:24-33 A retreat was held in a setting that offered mountains, forests, and a nearby lake — perfect places to explore and enjoy God’s marvelous creation. Before we ate our first midday meal, our retreat leader suggested that we spend our early-afternoon break wandering and relaxing in the area surrounding our cabins. “Go marveling,” she said. “Find something in nature to bring back with you.” That evening, we brought the items we had found during the afternoon: feathers, leaves, oddly-shaped limbs, seedpods, wildflowers, and rocks. We told the stories of our discoveries and celebrated God’s gifts. The gift of marveling at the works of our Creator energized us and brought us together. From that experience, I learned that I can go marveling most anywhere. When I see a brilliant red, orange, and gold sunset, I marvel. When I hear a bird singing, I marvel. When the air smells clean and the world grows still with the first snowfall of the season, I marvel. When fluffy clouds billow in the afternoon sky, I marvel. Sometimes I let the busyness
challenges with confidence that all will be well. Written by Deborah Jones-Norberto of New York . Saturday, May 11 Read Psalm 34:1-10 Recently I was cleaning out drawers in my kitchen. In one drawer were recipe books and lots of recipes needing to be filed. Some of the recipes had been cut from magazines; some came from friends; some from my mother. I had collected many of them for years, but most I had never tried. The dishes made from these recipes might taste fabulous, might even become family favorites. But to find out I must make the dish and then taste the finished product. My Bible is a bit like my recipe drawer. In it and in other notebooks, I have Bible verses written out, along with quotes from Christian writers and speakers. Most of these had great meaning for me at various times in my life. Like the recipes, the word of God has to be “tasted” — tried and acted on. Through the Bible God speaks to us, nourishes us, supports us. We are to read it regularly, with faith, and follow its wisdom. When a passage from God’s word gets our attention, it is not meant to be a “cut-out” word that we carry as a note stuck between the pages of our Bible. Rather, each insight is something to meditate on and live until it becomes part of us. Written by Janice Ross from the Orkney Islands, Scotland
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