United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Kenneth L. Samuel

Prayer has never been, and prayer will never be, a substitute for accountability.


In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice


The work of reform needs quiet fighters as well as front line mavericks. Meekness is not weakness in the perseverance toward change.


For all of us engaged in the fights to establish peace and justice, it's reassuring to know that our efforts are not in vain. The reigns of evil are only seasonal.


The invitation to kick back, relax and get comfortable living in God’s beautiful and holy place is not nearly as unattainable as many of us assume. It is evident daily.


Our greatest challenge is not in dying but in living our lives in the fullness of our values and purpose. Life that is disconnected from value and purpose is mere existence.


The deeper realities of life often escape common prose. Poetry is the attempt to express that which is not easily expressible. Poetry speaks the things that defy being spoken.


Paul knew that he and Silas had been treated unjustly, and he insisted that the city officials acknowledge their injustice. Is this a biblical precedent for reparations?


Each sovereign nation must submit itself to the sovereignty of global peace and international justice. It is the only recognition that can save the planet and the people on it.


John of Patmos saw an open door in heaven, an open channel through which faith could operate boldly and imaginatively. God has left that door open for each of us.