United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: God

Vince Amlin

Since I am a minister, people are always apologizing to me. When they drink or curse. When they talk about sex or anger.


Kenneth L. Samuel

Joy comes when we understand and believe that dark times and dark situations cannot prevent the fulfillment of God's promise and progress in our lives.


Matt Fitzgerald

I have tried to convince people of God's existence.


Quinn G. Caldwell

We talk about welcoming people in terms of what we have that they might need.  And of course that's a good start. There's another good reason to welcome all, though: enlightened self-interest.  


"God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob, no longer shall you be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.'"


When it seems the end has come, "but God." When you see no way forward or out, "but God." When death has done its work and it seems all hope is gone, "but God." Because of these two little words, because of the defiant divine disjunction everything is different now.


Dr. Fred Craddock, my homiletics professor in seminary, used to tell us often: "Preach Christ. Use words if you have to."


On airplanes, I dread the conversation with the person who finds out I am a minister and wants to use the flight time to explain to me that he is "spiritual but not religious." Such a person will always share this as if it is some kind of daring insight, unique to him, bold in its rebellion against the religious status quo.


This day is called "Maundy," coming from a word meaning mandate or commandment. The Bible has already spoken of this commandment. In Leviticus (19:18) we're told to love others as we love ourselves.


The power in life is the Presence of God. Therefore, let us approach the Stillspeaking God with unrelenting desire, trusting God and letting go.