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When I Survey . . . · 1W ago

“Silence is Golden!” A Devotion on Job 42:3

“I have spoken what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not kno...
When I Survey . . . · 3W ago

“Staying on the Trail”

“My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.”—Psalm 17: 5 I have belonged to a hiking group for nearly 20 years. We pad around the Berkshire Hills year round, wearing cleats on our boots or snowshoes during the long icy winter. M...
When I Survey . . . · 1M ago

“The Great Laboratory of Love” A Devotion on Ephesians 4:1-3

“I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maint...
When I Survey . . . · 1M ago

“Winners or Losers? Reflections on Vocation” A Sermon on Genesis 32:22-31

What are we to make of this strange story in which Jacob wrestles all night and gets a new name? I think it tells us something important about who our God is and about the identity of God’s people. And I want to reflect on what this story tells us ab...
When I Survey . . . · 2M ago

“Lots of follows but few friends” A Daily Devotion

Jesus said, “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends . . .”—John 15:15 The affection and intimacy Jes...
When I Survey . . . · 2M ago

“Our Four Freedoms Report Card” A Devotion for Independence Day

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” —John 8:32 On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his State of the Union address, which became known as the...
When I Survey . . . · 2M ago

“Living in the Meantime” A Devotion on Hope and Perseverance

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” —Romans 12:12 It is a challenging time we live in. And so, once again, as is my custom, I turn to Scripture for some perspective. And because I recently co-authored a study of Paul’s Le...
When I Survey . . . · 3M ago

“Out of Bounds” A Devotion on Numbers 11:29

But Moses said to Joshua, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!” —Numbers 11:29 The people of God have...
When I Survey . . . · 3M ago

Awesome God: A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 When I read today’s lessons, I am struck by the mystery, grandeur and majesty of the Biblical conception of God. In these lessons God is the One who is due reverence an...
When I Survey . . . · 3M ago

“The Ministry of Not Giving Up”

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we ...