Advent Devotional December 15

posted on December 17

“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8, NRSV  My grandparents had a farm in northeast Ohio where Christmas snow abounded. Family ...

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Weekly Devotional 1

posted on December 10

We hope you have enjoyed the daily devotionals that we shared during the Advent season.  As we proceed from Advent into Epiphany and toward the special session known as General Conference 2019, we ...

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Bishop Fairley's Christmas Message - In The Fullness of Time

posted on December 10

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son...” - Galatians 4:4  Advent moves us forward toward the in-breaking of the kingdom of God on Christmas Day as we pray in the words of the hymn...

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Advent Devotional December 23

posted on December 10

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.“ - Luke 2:13-14 ...

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Advent Devotional December 22

posted on December 10

“‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not ...

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Advent Devotion December 21

posted on December 10

“And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” - ...

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Advent Devotion December 20

posted on December 10

“Though you do not see Him, you trust Him; and even now you are happy with a glorious,  inexpressible joy.” - 1 Peter 1:8 I was recently struck by the number of times the word “joy” is paired with “...

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Advent Devotionals December 19

posted on December 10

“I see him, but at a later time, I’ll recognize him, even though he is far away. A star will come out of Jacob.  A scepter shall rise out of Israel.” - Numbers 24:17, VOICE “Where is this newborn, who...

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Advent Devotional December 18

posted on December 10

“This is my body broken for you.” -  Luke 22:19 The scripture above is not one that is usually associated with Christmas. But without Christ’s death and resurrection, Christmas would just be another ...

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Advent Devotionals December 17

posted on December 10

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of  living with you forever.” - Psalm 16:11, NLT My eldest son graduated high school five years ago and moved ...

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Advent Devotionals December 16

posted on December 10

Read Nehemiah 8:1-12 and look at its focus on joy: “...the joy of the LORD is your strength.” - verse 10 “...the people went their way...to make great rejoicing...” - verse 12 The joy of the Lord is ...

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Advent Devotional December 14

posted on December 10

“He that loves not knows not God, for God is love.” - 1 John 4:8 Joseph and Mary trudged across an arid land to fulfill man’s decree ... but greater still, to fulfill a prophecy of old. Great with ...

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Advent Devotional December 13

posted on December 06

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16, NLT Feed the hungry, and help those in ...

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Advent Devotional December 12

posted on December 06

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6...

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Advent Devotional December 11

posted on December 06

The best gifts don’t always come in a neatly wrapped box with shiny ribbons. The world’s greatest gift was given by God through Mary and Joseph. God’s gift gave us sweeter music than any iPod. ...

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Advent Devotional December 10

posted on December 06

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  - Jeremiah 1:5 As I held my grandchild for the first time, I was ...

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Advent Devotional December 9

posted on December 06

“I pray you may have the power to comprehend, what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the ...

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Advent Devotional December 8

posted on December 06

“It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop.” - 1 Corinthians 9:10 Hope is an essential piece of a ...

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Advent Devotion December 7

posted on December 06

My verse that I live by, may it be yours, too: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. And always give an answer for the hope that you have.” - 1 Peter 3:15 Most people are familiar with Romans ...

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