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I Started a YouTube Channel: Plus a Video to Make You Smile! (With guest pianist Alex)

I'm putting all my social media skills to use for the Glory of God and the service of Church. I will be posting daily devotional videos. Some will be humorous, and others will be a bit more serious. Some will have special guests(filmed from a safe distance)and others will be just me. I hope they help provide you with comfort and a smile during this time. 

Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: The New Birth Is Like Hatching from an Eggshell (His Encouragement)

 Receiving the new birth completely changes the way we see the world. It's the difference between being stuck inside a dark egg or being alive outside in the world. This Lent, we are reminded that if we trust in God, Christ will help us to break out of our shells int to the glorious resurrection of an Easter morning. 

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Devotion: Christ Conquers the Serpent (His Encouragement)

The most dangerous snake is the one that you don’t see. The snake that you don’t see is the one that bites you. We fall into sin when we do not realize that we are being tempted. The most dangerous temptations are the ones we don’t even see coming.

A large gray cat with green eyes lounges on a chair
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Devotion: Cats don’t need to repent— but we do! (His Encouragement)

Something about cats and Lent just seem together! My husband says he has never seen any cat who was every sorry for anything. Cats don't need to repent, but humans do! During Lent, we make time for repentance and lamentation.

Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Writing

What Glaucoma Has Given to Me…

What Glaucoma Has Given Me…

and what it has taken away.

It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/

CAPTIVATING!

and What It Has Taken Away

By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Introduction: The Power of Music

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It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.

I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…

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My Cat, Zeus
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His Encouragement: The Cat’s Lament and the Beginning of Lent

No one laments louder or longer than my cat when he is hungry! During the season of Lent, we make time for lament. In our culture, we have grown uncomfortable with the signs of intense morning. But in Biblical times, especially during the time of the Old Testament, it was common for people to loudly lament their grief for the Lord to hear.

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Book Review: The #MeToo Reckoning by Ruth Everhart

Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today's context, as do the accounts of Jesus' interactions with women.