United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matt Laney

There's a lot of emphasis on excellence and greatness these days, even in the church. The temptations of Jesus caution against all that.


Matt Laney

Although Adam enjoyed a stress-free existence in a tropical paradise, he was alone. For the first time, God looked at creation and said, "That's not good."


Matt Laney

To understand John the Baptist we have to appreciate his old-fashioned idea that everyone has been compromised by that slithering serpent in the garden and is deserving of God's wrath.


Matthew Laney

I can imagine several reactions to this Advent reading.


Matthew Laney

Sometimes I think Jesus, being God's son and everything, just doesn't understand the problems of everyday people.


Matt Laney

When we gather around the Lord's Table, the rations are admittedly thin. And yet, the forgiveness of God in the breadcrumb and thimble-full of juice is an inexhaustible, renewable resource.


Matt Laney

Jesus won't wait for you to be perfect before calling you to follow him. Not even Jesus has that much time.


Matt Laney

She calls out to Jesus. And Jesus calls her a dog. Undeterred and feisty as any mother with a child in crisis, she says, "Even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."


Matt Laney

Help us to recognize that when we lift up those who have been knocked down, everyone is blessed.


Matt Laney

Faith is the greatest weapon there is.