Devotionals

Good Friday
Posted by TC Anderson on

There are two times on the Christian Calendar that are really difficult for me: Advent and Good Friday. Good Friday seems like a logical “difficult for me” kind of time, with us mourning the betrayal of Jesus, his death on the cross, his disciples abandoning him, etc., but this...

This Will Be Our Answer
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

Hello First Pres Family! As I am writing this on Tuesday, I thought it important to share that I did my daily walk outside in shorts! The warmth of the sun is a precious thing.  I have been thinking a lot about what life will look like when this pandemic is behind us. I understand that...

Pepito the Brave
Posted by Katy Allen on

Pepito and his brothers and sisters are bursting out of their nest. The cozy structure that kept them all safe and warm as chicks now can barely contain them. The only home they’ve known has become uncomfortable and cramped, and as birds do, they know it’s time to leave the nest. But...

Grief
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

  “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep.” John 11: 33-35 Last...

Control
Posted by Alex Lang on

  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet...

Learning What Slow Down Truly Means
Posted by TC Anderson on

  I don’t know about the rest of you, but this quarantine has been an interesting exercise in slowing down for me. To date, I’ve learned four new songs on the guitar that I can now play from memory, I’ve done two puzzles with my wife and we’re working on a 2000...

Ecclesiastes 2.0
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

 Hello First Pres Family!  I’m sorry I can’t send a video again this time. Technology is being a rather fickle friend right now in some places. It makes me think that the beginning of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 should be updated. “There is a time for streaming, and a...

April Fool's
Posted by Katy Allen on

Today is April Fool’s Day. So many people look forward to this day. Some plan for days or weeks to pull off the perfect prank. Teachers delight in the looks on their students’ faces at the sight of obvious classroom mischief. Parents scour Pinterest to find the perfect cascade of...

Perseverance
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith . . .” Hebrews...

No Problem Lasts Forever
Posted by Alex Lang on

"No problem lasts forever. No matter how permanently fixed in the center of our lives it may seem, whatever we experience in this ever-changing life is sure to pass. Even pain. Difficult situations often bring out qualities in us that otherwise might not have risen to the surface, such as...