Deovtional resources

Posted by Debbie Frye on September 19, 2016 @ 1:31 PM

From Pastor Debbie-

 

How do you stay refreshed and centered in your life of discipleship?

Regular worship is an opportunity for refreshment and re-centering our lives in God. But we don’t have to wait for Sunday or corporate worship for this renewal and re centering. Daily, we can draw upon the scriptures, prayer, and Christian conversation for such moments of refreshment and redirection. Each day, this renewal and re centering can help us remember that all does not depend on us. And no matter what happens in our lives, these quiet moments keep us grounded in the truth that we always have our identity and purpose in God.

I know that many of you already spend a few moments each day intentionally directing yourself to God’s presence in your life. Others of you may wish for these moments, but are not sure where to start. With this in mind, I am listing some daily devotional resources that may help you. There are millions more resources out there. Here are a few to get you started or to give you something new to try out.  Thanks to all who shared what is helpful to them.

Paper Back or E Reader-

All Saints, edited by Robert Ellsberg- Recommended by Pastor Richard Little

Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen- Recommended by Pastor Richard Little

Daily Readings from Luther’s Writings, Selected and Edited by Barbara Owen-Recommended by Pastor Debbie

Daily Readings from Spiritual Classics, edited by Paul Ofstedal- Recommended by Pastor Debbie

Daily Reader for Contemplative Living by Fr. Thomas Keating-Recommended by Pastor Richard Little

Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year by Max Lucado Recommended by Romona Miller

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young - Recommended by Janelle Correll

Places Along the Way: Meditations on the Journey of Faith by Martin Marty and Micah Marty- Recommended by Pastor Debbie

Take and Receive devotional series by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and S. Marie Schwan- Recommended by Pastor Debbie

The Book of Psalms (Various translations: KJV, NRSV, "The Message", "Psalms for Praying" by Nan C. Merrill)- Recommended by Pastor Richard Little.

Women at the Well, edited by Linda-Marie Delloff and Bernadette Glover-Williams- Recommended by Pastor Debbie

Yes, And . . - Daily meditations - by Fr. Richard Rohr- Recommended by Pastor Richard Little

Email devotionals-

Daily Devotions by Pastor Kerry Nelson- https://revkerry.com

Recommended by Barry Hough and Betsy Ellington-Boynton

 

Daily Devotional from United Church of Christ-dailydevotional@ucc.org

Recommended by Betsy Ellington Boynton

 

Daily meditations by Richard Rohr http://thecenterforactionandcontemplation.cmail19.com/t/d-l-idhidrd-kyuhjjjyi-j/

Recommended by Gerry Gehl, Pastors Richard Little and Pastor Debbie Frye

 

God Pause- resource prepared by Luther Seminary https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/

Recommended by Betsy Ellington Boynton and Ramona Miller

 

Moravian Daily Text-

http://moravian.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=25412be3f12f176a80007153c&id=e56e50ac82&e=cf60f55ba8

Recommended by Gerry Gehl and Pastor Debbie

 

Daily devotions from the Upper Room- http://devotional.upperroom.org

Recommended by Pastor Debbie

 

Upwords- Daily Devotionals by Max Lucado- http://www.maxlucado.com

Recommended by Carolyn Mauney

 

Apps devotionals-

Centering Prayer by Contemplative Outreach. It has an opening prayer and a beginning sound that you can select. It times the duration of the silence that you select. Then it has a closing prayer. Recommended by Gerry Gehl

 

Pray As You Go (PAYG) the app icon looks like it has a big "G" on it but it is a circular arrow. It is useful when you are in the car because you can listen to it on your way to work. It also has daily examen that it talks you through for different age groups.

Recommended by Gerry Gehl

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God's grace in our brothers and sisters in Christ

Posted by Debbie Frye on April 24, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

John 1: 16 From his fullness, we have all received grace upon grace.

Grace= The sheer self-emptying love of God toward humanity. It has no cause accept the love of God and points to God’s ongoing action and commitment to his people through the ages.

 

I started the year off by inviting you to think of how you may live your life this year with “Grace First”. How may you and I look at any situation, circumstance, relationship, or our lives and the world in general, and ask before each day, thought, or action: “How is God already bringing his grace here?” If you haven’t given this a try, I hope that you will soon risk a new way of seeing and living life from a grace-filled center. This approach is really about rewiring our mental focus toward God’s goodness in every moment or situation and letting go of our efforts to control the world. I will share from my experience that being intentional about “Grace First” takes time and effort. We are naturally inclined, it seems, to see what is lacking or wrong about life instead of seeing what we have been given and how God can even transform our failings and imperfections into something useful to God and the world. But once we start looking for the grace in every circumstance, we unleash the power of the Holy Spirit working in ways that we had never expected.

During Easter, we at Calvary are in a Small Group Blitz. I have asked you: Who is your small group and are you intentional about supporting one another? Who are those people that are walking with you in the faith journey? Another way of describing what I am asking is: Who are those people that God has planted into your world to bring you some of his grace? Remember that scripture verse- Where two or three are gathered in my name… What is the last part? The last part is that Christ says that he will be there in the middle of those relationships. He will be showing himself in the words, actions, prayers, wisdom, and outreach of those two or three gathered. Please make finding your small group a priority. Perhaps, it will include friends from church. It may involve someone you know from work or an old friend who is also a Christian. Don’t let God’s grace through Christian brothers and sisters pass you by. Tap into it!

Grace and peace to you in Christ,

Pastor Debbie

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