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Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Stan and the community of Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! God’s blessings to you, one and all!

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God’s Unchanging Faithfulness

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 I don’t know about you, but for me this has been a month characterized by change. I have experienced changes when it comes to health, relationships, vehicles, location, and more. This is on top of the extensive changes – in lifestyle, daily […]

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“Orthodox Activism and the Global Perspective,” by Karen Ellis

Dear Saints, The Wednesday Devo this week is provided by the wife of Dr. Carl Ellis, Karen Ellis.  As with all of her addresses,  this one carries a deep theological, apologetic and yet accessible character.  You would have thought she presented this a couple of months ago, but no, it was done in 2015.  Please […]

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Patience & Provision

There are days filled with sunshine, the glow of abundance and tranquility casting a golden hue over everything in sight. Each step is a delight, barefoot toes brushing the soft grass; grass so green and vibrant it eludes description. Each breath; inhaling peace, exhaling joy. It truly is a path beside still waters. Why would […]

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An Article To Consider

Dear Saints, The Devo for this week is a blog post by Dr. Carl Ellis that I did not see until last week.  It will help us sharpen our thinking about the unrest that has gone on over the past few months.  Some is still going on but not reported like it was.  I pray […]

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A Sermon on Ephesians

Dear Saints, This week for our Wednesday devotional I am featuring a sermon given by my son-in-law, Aaron Turner, Assistant Pastor for Outreach Midtown Church, PCA in St Louis, MO.  He is working on the passage found in Ephesians 2:11-22 on how Christ created one new people from Jew and Gentile.  He is addressing these […]

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Will You Join Me?

When I first started writing devotionals for church, I decided to write about what God was teaching me. They say to write what you know. It has been beautiful to see how He has highlighted and clarified lessons as the day for submitting the devotional’s posting draws near. He always comes through, even if it […]

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An Article To Consider

Dear Saints, Linda Trumbo recently gave me a link to an article published on ThePlough.com about what it is like to be separated by COVID-19.  Does it ever capture what we all feel, but it is also instructive! The article is titled, “The Church is Other People: Why We Need to Gather in Person,” by […]

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The Good Life – A Devotional

What is the definition of a “good life?” How do we determine whether we’ve reached this milestone? Our society and history are filled with ideas and standards of a “good life,” but what does Scripture teach us? Pastor Stan shares some truth about what is a “good life.” Watch below!

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Cultural Injustice Devotional

Today we look at the situation around the events of Acts 6:1 – the injustice practiced in the early church towards widows, a practice that was addressed and handled by the apostles. Listen as Pastor Stan walks us through this passage in the video below.

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Cultivating Trust

But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when […]

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