Devotionals

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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Control

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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God Will Provide

Pastor Stan looks into Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” In the Roman world, it was impossible for a slave to serve two different masters […]

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Be Still and Know That I Am God

I was praying the other day and I asked God—“What do you want me to do?” I felt this sense of quiet and into my mind came the words “I just want you to be still.” Those words surprised me. Here was not a call to action, but to inaction—a call to stop. I don’t […]

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Lament for Lost Loved Ones

Pastor Stan reflects on the following passageS in light of COVID-19: Hebrews 4:14-16 and John 11. Hebrews 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to […]

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God’s Infinite Wisdom and Love

Pastor Stan tackles the question, how can God be good and still allow COVID-19? He draws his answer from Romans 11:33-36: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has […]

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Through Christ, We Can.

Good Afternoon Crown & Joy Family! This is Pastor Stan. I’m about to do one of the first of a series of what I call corona devotionals, or devo for short. About 2 to 3 minutes is what I’m shooting for. So, let us begin. As you may recall in late January, I preached on […]

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