United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matt Laney

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


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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."


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


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Faith is the greatest weapon there is.


Matt Laney

God shows astounding mercy and compassion for Cain after his horrible crime.  Just as God provided protective clothing for Adam and Eve after their big mistake, so God protects Cain after his. 


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I've never been a fan of the dictum: "Love the sinner, hate the sin." It always struck me as a way to feign love for someone right before kicking them in the teeth.


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You are her. Her name is your name. You also have a "blood issue."


Matt Laney

Circumcision might not be the sort of thing you want to contemplate as you start your day.


Matt Laney

With all the manna popping up among the desert-wandering Israelites, it was only a matter of time before the hoarding set in. 


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When it comes to revealing God, words - even the Bible's words - sometimes fail us. Churches do too.