United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Kenneth L. Samuel

Any evaluation of a person without regard for that person’s core values is incomplete. Incomplete assessments of who people are, beyond what they possess, leads us into battles.


There is no valid appreciation of what God has given us, without the inclusion of foreigners: those who are in our neighborhoods and those who are at our borders.


It’s easy to get so consumed in a crisis that you think the crisis is all about you. It’s easy to forget that even in times of stress, our lives are testimonies of the Holy Spirit.


Change that is deep and abiding requires a change of heart, and a change of heart is precisely what the love of God is all about.


Joy comes when we understand that desperate times cannot prevent the fulfillment of God’s promise in our lives. Even in the night, God is moving us toward better days.


The rule of law is not oppressive if that rule is grounded in God’s love for all: advocating for the poor, supporting the weak, taking a stand against destructive violence.


Just when we’d expect God to scrap the covenant with humanity and cease all efforts to reconcile with us, God clears God’s voice and speaks a Word of Everlasting Love.


The coming of the Lord is not just about rejoicing, but refinement. Advent is not just a celebratory occasion, but a call for self-examination.


Jesus’ coming is not what many people imagine. ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ is nothing short of a plea for the renewal of humanity, an indictment of the distinctions we have made ultimate.


When we allow our religious practices or political affiliations or ideological connections to give us absolute certainty, there is no room for correction when necessary.