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September 20 Edevotional

“They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?’”  Exodus 14:11           The desert, the wilderness, plays a huge part in the stories from our Scriptures and in the history of people of faith.  In the […]

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September 13 Edevotional

“Consider the birds of the air; they neither sow or reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father and Mother feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 It seems there will always be those who “prophesy” that the natural disasters and destruction in our world are the result […]

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September 6 E-devotional

Burning bush The bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.         Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight,          and see why the bush is not burned up.”                   —Exodus 3.2It is possible to see the wonder and not turn aside,both the bush and the flame enduring,beauty and pain together,divine glory and suffering,the young man […]

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Starting the Year: Faith Formation

For me, this picture is a wonderful illustration of what we hope to nurture at NUMC: wonder, excitement, interaction, joy, and relationships with God and diverse people. With input from youth and adult leaders, I have developed our year-long faith formation lesson plan that I hope captures the spirit of this image. Faith formation classes […]

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August 30 Edevotional

I wondered this morning, how many times have I fixed and fed my daughter her breakfast? My daughter, now thirty-one-years-old is fed through a G-tube directly into her stomach. That tube was inserted at year two of her life. One of the practices of life that Walter Brueggemann lists as the testimonies of the Old […]

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August 23 edevotional

Genesis 50:15-21 This past Sunday we ended the book of Genesis with part of the reading of the Joseph story. Joseph’s brothers come to him in Egypt where he has come to an immense place of power, after those same brothers sold Joseph into slavery, to get rid of him. Joseph uses his power in […]

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August 16 edevotional

HOMILY IN MEMORY OF JOYCE KEYES, August 14, 2017 My Supervisor, Mentor, Friend, and Spiritual Companion  Once, in our many discussions, I told Joyce that she is like one of the prophets out of our Old Testament Hebrew Bible as she revealed to me her calling to reconcile the churches, the great divides that keep […]

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What Do We Tell the Children

Micah 6:8 (from this week’s family devotional) “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?” Dear parents: I missed worshiping and praying with you yesterday as I was away at my youngest brother’s wedding. Throughout the weekend, I was checking the news unfolding […]

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August 9 Edevotional

On Sunday, we read the ancient story of Jacob wrestling with God, from Genesis 32:22-32, in which Jacob renames the location of his encounter  ”Peniel,” “because I’ve seen God face-to-face, and my life has been saved.” While on the canoe trip last week, as nine of us paddled through Quetico, we also wrestled. We wrestled […]

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August 2 Edevotional

LET ME TELL you a story about a heavy burden I was carrying. I was feeling depressed about everything. By coincidence, I was in Flagstaff, Arizona, so I decided to go to the Grand Canyon. I saw this multimillion-year-old canyon and its place in an even older creation and thought that if that whole time […]

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