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Daily Devotion



Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Read Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16

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Because [Jesus] himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

- Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)

When I was young and did something I shouldn’t have, I knew I was about to get busted when my dad would come into my room, turn my chair around, and sit backward on it. One time when the chair came out and I braced for a scolding, Dad said a few words that have stuck with me to this day. He said, “Son, when you think you’ve found a gutter I haven’t crawled into, you let me know.” He was telling me two things: that he had been tempted by the same thing I had succumbed to, and also that I wasn’t fooling him. Knowing all this was unnerving, and yet it brought me closer to my father because I knew he could relate to my life, and that he cared for me.

Unlike my father and me, when faced with temptation Jesus did not succumb to it. He was persecuted for a righteous life, tempted in the desert, and died in a most hideous way. Our Savior understands our temptation because he too was tempted. Because Jesus loves us, he reminds us that we aren’t fooling him, and that we don’t need to remain distant because we think he can’t relate to us. At those moments, we can remember that Jesus knows, understands, and cares for us because he’s been there.


Shana Allen Jean Anderson Ernest Baldwin

Hoyt & Terry Barrett Johnny Barrett Gloria Best

Kirstan Brooke Ava Brown Barbie Chaney

Sandra Chaney Betty Clark Bobbie Cross

Medre Cruise Pete & Garnett Dunn Mark Evans

Larry Farmer Sandra Cassell Fisher Lee Gauldin

Naomi Glanzman Pastor Gary Grubbs Tim Hall

Donnie Hand Harold Hartman Judy Harvey

Babette Hawkins Tommy & Billy Heffinger Carl Hopper

Nancy Huff Donnie Hutcherson Janet Kissick Hug

Michelle French Johnson Millie Lancaster Carrie Lambeth

Ron & Buena Martin Sheila Mostella Jackie Myers Beckham Gray Nance Betty Jo Nance Tonya Nance

Pauline Overby Jimmy Perdue Rhonda Pulliam

Kelley Reid Chris Rice Roxanne Rigney

Austin Riker Janland Roberts Michael Rose

Peggy Ross Bill Rudd, Jr. Susan Clarke Pyron

Greg &Taylor Sayre Bill & Polly Setliff Parker Setliff & Family

Vicki Slaughter Aria Taylor Smith Doris Spain Mary Katherine Stone L. Keith Stultz Patrick Suits

Andy Talbert Susan Talley Cody Travis

Colleen Underwood Patsy Vestal Henry Voris & Family

Brandon Walker Brenda Westmoreland Lois Wilson Tommy & Kay Woodall Shirley Worsham Albert Wray

Jack Wright Robert Zaytoun Bonnie Zeiters


Christy Ann Bailey Ernest Baldwin

Dr. Rev. Arnetta Beverly & Family Dusty Britt

Katie Fargis Brooks & baby Stevie Chilton Judy Cox

Betty Cruise Vivian Durham Family Bruce Gauldin

Wanda Hawkins Shannon Haymore Family Rev. J.B. Helms Family

Bambi Holland Ronnie Hooker Elizabeth Kelly

Wendy Wood Lewis Lost Mary Love

Marvin Millard Buck Palmer Family

Rev. Raymond Perry Family Peggy Rawlins Family Pat Reynolds

Ricky Rose Wayne Sparks Family Barry Southard Family

Unspoken Timmy Weddle World Tragedies Chaplain Patricia Wright


Germaine Allen Kiyoshi DeLancey Chad Field

Jonathan Fugitt Brett Haskin Josh Hill

Michael Hutcheson Josh Jarrell C.W. Lawson

Drew Madison Patrick Maloney Patrick Martin

Lance Mason Zack Mayo Jonathan Murray

Will Voris Michael Watkins Caroline West

Colleen West Rayce West


3rd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Read Matthew 20:29-34

View the March-April, 2017 Issue

Jesus stood still and called them, saying, ?What do you want me to do for you??

- Matthew 20:32 (NRSV)

When I?m at a social gathering and someone discovers I?m a pastor, the person often responds with nervous laughter and says something like, ?I?d better watch my language!? Then sometimes people ask, ?What do I call you? Pastor? Reverend?? They need to know if there?s a pattern or some sort of etiquette they need to follow.

At our church, we meet a lot of people who are new to faith, and they often have similar questions about prayer. Is there a pattern to use? A system? Will God be mad if I don?t say it correctly? That?s one reason I find today?s reading so helpful. Jesus asks the two men, ?What do you want me to do for you?? Jesus wants to know their needs and desires. After calling out for mercy, the men say, ?Let our eyes be opened.?

This is a good model for our own prayers. Imagine Jesus asking you, ?What do you want me to do for you?? Christ wants to know our deep desires and then to open our eyes to see where he is present in our lives. When we are not overly concerned with how we pray, we can speak from our hearts and receive Christ?s abundant mercy.