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How Long?

Dear Saints, I want to share with you a confession/devotional my long time accountability partner Rick Smith released to his supporters about the experience of Covid 19.  I thought it may be helpful so I am sharing it with you.  He lives in New Mexico with his wife (a counselor) and some of his grown […]

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Who is in control?

When asking the question, “How will this ever get fixed?” it can be easy to forget the truth of who is really in charge. Pastor Stan shares his thoughts on who can fix all that ails our community, country, and even the world! Below are the verses referenced in the video: Psalm 2:1-4 ESV Why […]

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Complacency and the Christian

The path of a Christian is not an easy one. It is narrow, full of ups and downs, twists and turns, double-backs and sometimes agonizingly slow progress. As Christians, we face many challenges and fight many enemies along the way, enemies like: comparison, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, complacency—the list goes on. I want to take […]

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Looking at Dr. King’s Work

Dear Saints, In keeping with providing resources related to the current racial situation, I have found Dr. King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” captures so much of what drives struggles like the current one and is instructive on so many levels.  It helps me better appreciate the gains that have been made and provides a history […]

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Resources for Reference

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 thegospelcoalition.org, 6/8/20 2018 Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation Report published by the 46th General […]

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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 to arrest Him;that I would not have […]

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Coronavirus Devo #12

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

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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Our Refuge and Strength

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. Transcript Good morning, Crown and Joy family! Our devo this morning will begin with Psalm 46:1-3. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. […]

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Resource: ‘No Wealth But Life’

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

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, smartest, and definitely […]

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Patience

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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