A baby wears a santa hat
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”

donkeys eat hay from a manger
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Merry Christmas! Are you hungry? Jesus is food for the world!

God made a cattle trough into a cradle for the Messiah who would feed the whole world. Only Jesus can satisfy our hunger. Only he can fill our insatiable longing. I think it is truly wonderful that, besides Joseph and Mary, the first people to see the baby Jesus who were working in the fields.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are all sheep. We are all special to Christ, and we all need the Good Shepherd to guide us home. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Jesus!

A service dog stands next to a person seated in a wheelchair 
Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Everything Changes When Jesus Shows Up at Church (His Encouragement #31)

I admire the woman in Luke 13:10-17 because I know from firsthand experience how embarrassing it can be to go into a public space when you look different from everybody else. Her faith is an inspiration to all of us.

An apple tree in full bloom
Devotions, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Straighten Up & Fly Right (His Encouragement #31)

All of us need to straighten up sometimes- all of us are tempted to judge others. Furthermore, all of us are bound by something. We are all in need of healing, whether it be spiritual, physical, or emotional. When Christ shows up on the scene, everything changes. “