United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matt Laney

God revealed God's heart through the face of Jesus Christ. It was a message of divine warmth and tenderness wrapped in human flesh. 


Matt Laney

A new Mormon temple recently opened up in my neck of the woods. Like many curious locals, I signed up for a tour. 


Matt Laney

Christmas can be a teary time. Financial hardships, family turmoil, grief and loss, all become more acute during the holidays.


Matt Laney

The Pharisee in Jesus' parable verbalizes a longer list of "other people" with whom he is happy to disassociate. In doing so, he unwittingly debases himself.


Matt Laney

You don't have to give up your affinity for God as the deeply interconnected power of relationship knitting the universe together to be a Christian.


Matt Laney

If I asked what you believe in most profoundly, what you have given your heart to, what would you say? 


Matt Laney

Scripture says our names are "engraved on the palms of [God's] hands" not unlike the tattooed names we find on people today as statements of love and fidelity.


Matt Laney

You know what it is to feel lost and/or distanced from God. If you are not in the land of the lost now, you've been there before and will likely find yourself there again.


Matt Laney

Just remember, unlike most professions, you can claim to be a Christian and still do it badly.


Matt Laney

You might be running from God by avoiding some helpful task, person or life choice. Or maybe you are running because you've forgotten how to be still. In any case, aren't you tired?