Posts with the category “devotional”

How Can I Take A Sabbath?
November 9th, 2022
Take Time, Part 2— How can I take a Sabbath? That is a question I ask myself a lot. I feel like life is sometimes so busy that it is hard to just rest. Between working, doing house chores, prepping di...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Our Deepest Desire // Take Time, Part 1 [Devo]
November 2nd, 2022
Take Time, Part 1“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” –Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to “hunger and thirst for righteousness?” Our bodies need food a...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Choices // Homecoming, Part 7 [Devo]
October 27th, 2022
Homecoming, Part 7I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.–Dwight L. Moody I love Jesus. He is my Savior. I choose to recognize that my problem is sin and that the solution is found in th...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Worship As In Heaven // Homecoming, Part 6 [Devo]
October 19th, 2022
Homecoming, Part 6— During our sermon series titled “Homecoming,” Pastors Tim and Josh have taught us all about heaven. They have taught us why it exists, what it will be like, and how we can get ther...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Treasures In Heaven // Homecoming, Part 5 [Devo]
October 12th, 2022
Homecoming, Part 5— Home is where the heart is…It’s a saying I’ve heard all my life. The saying is meant to be symbolic of an emotional state, meaning you have a deep love for where you are, even if i...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
This Is Not Where We Belong // Homecoming, Part 4 [Devo]
October 5th, 2022
Homecoming, Part 4 Growing up, whenever my family was on the road, we almost always had on a Christian radio station … specifically K-Love, for those who are familiar — it was my family’s go-to. Ther...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Our Heavenly Bridge // Homecoming, Part 3 [Devo]
September 29th, 2022
Type your new text here. Homecoming, Part 3— At the Pittsburgh Zoo, there is an amazing exhibit built to look like a tree house. Kids have the opportunity to imagine what it would be like to observe a...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
The Truth Will Set You Free // Homecoming, Part 2 [Devo]
September 21st, 2022
Homecoming, Part 2— My family has a very familiar relationship with death. Two years before I was born, my sister, Kelley Anne, passed away at the age of five from cancer. When I was five, my brother,...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Run The Race // Homecoming, Part 1 [Devo]
September 14th, 2022
Homecoming, Part 1— When I was in high school, I ran cross country. I stand at 5 feet 11 inches, and my long legs gave me an advantage, especially on the downhills, where my stride could reach its ful...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Be An Influencer // Baptism Sunday [Devo]
September 7th, 2022
Type your new text here. Baptism Sunday— I remember when I was baptized... It was in 2006, in Cheat Lake. It was a pretty special day for me, but also a scary one. See, I pretty much grew up in the ch...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Yesterday for Today // Immovable, Part 2 [Devo]
September 7th, 2022
Immovable, Part 2— On Sunday, Pastor Tim spoke about the skepticism new readers of the Bible can sometimes face when reading stories that don’t quite fit within our sense of reality. He talked about t...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
The Bible Is True // Immovable, Part 1 [Devo]
August 24th, 2022
Immovable, Part 1— Has anyone ever asked you why you believe in the Bible? Why would you believe in something that was written thousands of years ago? How does the Bible pertain to us today?Since I gr...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Southern Hospitality // Art of Neighboring, Part 2 [Devo]
August 17th, 2022
Art of Neighboring, Part 2— I grew up in a small, rural town in Southern West Virginia. Most of my family has lived there for generations. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows each other — they ...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Won't You Be My Neighbor // Art of Neighboring, Part 1 [Devo]
August 10th, 2022
The Art of Neighboring, Part 1— I grew up as a military child, living in many different places over the years. This meant that my family lived on military bases, and our neighbors quickly became our f...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Walk the Walk // Face to Face, Part 9 [Devo]
August 3rd, 2022
Face to Face, Part 9— Have you ever done a trust fall? You know, the thing where you put your arms out, fall backwards, and trust that the person behind you is going to catch you? Even if the person b...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Out of the Darkness// Face to Face, Part 8 [Devo]
July 27th, 2022
Type your new text here. Have you ever found yourself in complete darkness?My home is located on a country road lined with trees. While the trees provide a lovely backdrop, especially during the autum...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Put Down The Gavel // Devotional
July 21st, 2022
Type your new text here. Face to Face, Part 7Author: Andrew Archer, Student Ministry Director—Growing up, my family was middle class. We certainly had all of our needs met, but we lived a life that wa...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Face to Face - Part 6 [Devo]
July 13th, 2022
Face to Face, Part 6— What does it mean to pledge allegiance to something? Dictionary.com defines allegiance as “loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.”  The earliest I can rem...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Face to Face - Part 5 [Devo]
July 6th, 2022
Face to Face, Part 5— “Sometimes things just go wrong.” I remember hearing that quite often throughout my life. Whether it was striking out in a little league game, which happened often, or a more ser...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Face to Face - Part 4 [Devo]
June 28th, 2022
Face to Face, Part 4—I imagine that most of us, seeing as we are all human, have gone through heartaches and heartbreaks, where people close to us betray our trust, hurt our feelings or simply disrega...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Face to Face - Part 3 [Devo]
June 22nd, 2022
Face to Face, Part3—I got pretty good grades in school. I was a mostly-A student. I thought I knew how to study and take a test, and figured I knew just about everything by the time I graduated high s...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Face to Face - Part 2 [Devo]
June 21st, 2022
I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enoughEvery single lie that tells me I will never measure upAm I more than just the sum of every high and every lowRemind me once again just who I am...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Face to Face - Part 1 [Devo]
June 15th, 2022
Face to Face, Part 1— 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” Today, Christians believe and trust in God, who we cannot see. But for one blessed generation 2000 years ago, ...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Finding Purpose, Part 5 [Devo]
June 8th, 2022
Finding Purpose, Part 5 [Devo]— I look forward to WVU football in the fall. The experience, the band playing pregame, the team running out of the tunnel, and of course, the game. Especially if WVU win...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Baptism Sunday [Devo]
June 1st, 2022
Baptism Sunday— I recently inherited my mother’s collection of house plants. Near the end of her battle with cancer, many of these plants were neglected and needed some attention. So after receiving t...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Finding Purpose - Part 4 [Devo]
May 25th, 2022
Finding Purpose – Part 4— We need the church, and the church needs us!Do you ever think that the church needs YOU? At this thought, it’s easy to question what we could possibly do to serve the church....  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Finding Purpose - Part 3 [Devo]
May 11th, 2022
Finding Purpose - Part 3— When my two daughters were babies, I had the privilege of staying home with them. Although I loved being home, I often struggled to find meaning in my day-to-day life. In col...  Read More
by Melissa Parker
Finding Purpose - Part 2 [Devo]
May 5th, 2022
Finding Purpose Part 2—On Sunday, Pastor Josh continued our series on “Finding Purpose” by speaking about something we all have experience with: pain. Whether it’s physical pain, like a broken bone, o...  Read More
by Jamie Huggins
Finding Purpose - Part 1 [Devo]
April 27th, 2022
Finding Purpose - Part 1 — On Sunday, Pastor Tim kicked off the “Finding Purpose” series by making the point that because God created and recreated us, we have purpose in life. God has given us each t...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 8 - Resurrection // Holy Week
April 17th, 2022
“The angel told the women, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 7 - Jesus in the Tomb // Holy Week
April 16th, 2022
“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus—but secretly because of his fear of the Jews—asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and too...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 6 - The Cross // Holy Week
April 15th, 2022
“They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 5 - Barabbas // Holy Week
April 14th, 2022
“At the festival the governor’s custom was to release to the crowd a prisoner they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered together, Pilate said t...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 4 - Jesus in the Garden // Holy Week
April 13th, 2022
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 3 - Last Supper // Holy Week
April 12th, 2022
And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘This is My body,  which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’  In the same way He also took the cup after supper and sa...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 2 - Cleansing the Temple // Holy Week
April 11th, 2022
“Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves. And He said to them, ‘It i...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Day 1 - Triumphal Entry // Holy Week
April 10th, 2022
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, wi...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Famous Last Words - Part 3 [Devo]
April 6th, 2022
Famous Last Words - Part 3 [Devo]This past Sunday, we celebrated Communion, as we do the first Sunday of every month. I don’t know about you, but for me, sometimes communion can become rote. I was ta...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Famous Last Words - Part 2 [Devo]
March 30th, 2022
Famous Last Words, Part 2 // Write Your Own Obituary—How will you be remembered when you are gone? What traits will define you to your friends and family?In his message on Sunday, Pastor Tim asked us ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Famous Last Words - Part 1 [Devo]
March 23rd, 2022
Famous Last Words - Part 1 // In the Crossfire—In the crossfire between good and evil, Jesus walked to Calvary surrounded by a throng of people pressing in to see the One who claimed to be the Messi...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson