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Resources for Reference

July 8, 2020

Listed below are some resources that might be helpful for you as you think about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial tension in our community and the nation. Resources on Racial Tension “George Floyd and Me,” by Shai Linne published on, 6/8/20 2018 Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation Report published by the 46th General […]

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Coronavirus Devo #13

June 24, 2020

By Hope Martin I USED TO THINK I used to think thatif I had been living in Jesus’ dayI would have recognized Him for who He was;that I would have followed Him despite the opposition from political, military, and religious leaders of the day;that I would have remained by His side when confronted by an angry mob seeking […]

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Coronavirus Devo #12

June 17, 2020

Dear Saints, Our Coronavirus-Protest Movement Devo this morning is from a dear pastor friend from Lancaster County PA – Pastor Mark Ammerman.  As a white brother and friend, he asked me what he and his church could do to pray for and encourage me and black folks everywhere.  I gave him five petitions regarding all […]

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Coronavirus Devo #11

June 10, 2020

Dear Listener, I know there is much more to say about the subject than I have time to discuss here.  But the point made is an important one.   Thank you, C. Stanley Morton, Pastor Romans 13:1-7 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist […]

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Coronavirus Devo #10

June 3, 2020

What are you feeling today? Anger? Fear? Powerlessness? Grief? Pastor Stan looks at Psalms 46, and God’s relationship with us in the midst of fear inducing circumstances. Watch this video and consider the reality that God is our refuge.

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Coronavirus Devo #9

May 27, 2020

Dear Saints,Our devotional this week is what I see as a well-reasoned article about the tension between the health crisis and the economy done by a thoughtful believer.  It comes from the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States. I submit it to you for your edification and consideration.  Blessings! “‘No […]

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The Hidden Strength in Forgiveness

May 20, 2020

By Hope Martin Strength has always been an important characteristic to me. Growing up with five brothers tends to toughen you up, whether or not you want that. My three younger brothers and I made up a squad and I was the leader of the squad. As leader, I strove to be the fastest, tallest, […]

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Coronavirus Devo #7

May 13, 2020

What do you do when you fall into trying circumstances that won’t go away? “Patience,” says James. “Endurance,” says the writer of Hebrews. Hebrews 12:1-2 admonishes us to, “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” And we have a Savior who can sympathize with us – one who endured the cross! Hear […]

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Crown and Joy Memory Verses

May 8, 2020

Our community’s challenge to memorize Scripture has led to the creation of the list below. Choose one verse, passage, or chapter to memorize in this time of COVID-19. Memorize on your own or work with others! Verses: Psalm 119:105 John 3:16 Genesis 1:1 Psalm 107:1 Hebrews 13:7 Passages: Psalm 23 Deuteronomy 5:6-21 Psalm 119:9-16 Ephesians […]

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Coronavirus Devo #6

May 6, 2020

Today, Pastor Stan considers the question of control. Who is in control of our world and our individual lives? Does God see me? Does He know what is happening? Psalm 24 begins with, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” And Jesus tells us in Luke 12:7, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you […]

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