Entries by Pastor Dan

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Luke 6:28 Today’s verse is located in Luke’s account of the sermon on the mount. In it, Jesus calls his followers to forgive their enemies. Even though Jesus’ command makes total sense to me, I still find myself tempted to withhold forgiveness for certain […]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” —Luke 23:34 I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at forgiving people. Even when I’ve been really hurt by someone, with a little bit of time and distance, I find that I can let go. I just don’t like holding grudges. I think […]

Friday, March 26, 2021

“Yet I planted you as a choice vine, from the purest stock. How then did you turn degenerate and become a wild vine?” —Jeremiah 2:21 Today’s devotion was written by Deacon Karen Katamay One of my favorite places to shop is a garden center. I love strolling through the wide variety of flowers and other plants […]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

You are the God who sees me. — Genesis 16:13 Well before COVID-19 forced us into isolation and reminded us how much we are made to be in community, loneliness was being talked about as a public health crisis. In 2019 the American Psychological Association reported that the toll loneliness can take on a person […]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. — 1 John 4:16 God’s greatest demonstration of love is seen through Jesus’ death on the cross. But even when we understand and acknowledge just how costly that was for Jesus, we are always susceptible to taking it […]

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Lord God said, “it’s not good that man should be alone.” — Genesis 2:18. What do you think happens immediately following today’s verse? Earlier this week I looked at the verse for today and in my head I quickly sketched out a rough plan of what I would write about. Thankfully, prior to writing […]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.” —Matthew 14:20 The feeding of the 5,000 has to be in the top 5 miracles performed by Jesus during his earthly ministry. As I was rereading the verses today, what stood out to me […]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. —1 John 2:2 I’m going to go out on a limb and declare that it’s pretty difficult to miss when someone is walking past you with the sign of the cross on their forehead. […]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Lately I’ve been wondering, at what point does a kid understand that the world existed before they did? Do babies/small children just assume that adults have forever existed at this exact height, age, etc.? Then I wonder, when they do comprehend that fact, is it […]

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. —1 John 5:20 I’m so thankful that the New Testament contains letters from […]