United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Christina Villa

Christina Villa

Every day on my drive to work, I used to pass a crumbling brick church with grime-covered windows and a tiny patch of dirt and weeds out front.


Christina Villa

One Sunday at a church I was visiting in New England, the time had come in the worship service for "Joys and Concerns."


Christina Villa

This sentence from Mark is just one example of the peculiar way the Bible often has of describing extraordinary events.


"On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage."


In the 1960’s, my mother and father left the church they grew up in for many reasons. One thing they really objected to was the idea that we shouldn’t ask for too much in life because we’ll get our reward in Heaven—also known as “pie in the sky, in the bye and bye.”