O Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Even though temptations from the world, the flesh, and the devil come at us every day, God provides an escape from every one of them (1 Corinthians 10:13). Although we know the Bible’s promise, the world, the flesh, and the devil are mighty foes. Powered by a buffet…


The news from Afghanistan is dire. Some may ask, where is God in this? Others know that regardless of the horrible news, that God is present. He works in ways that we often do not understand. But we can always trust that God is present and in control.

In his book, Beginning to Pray, Anthony Bloom, a Russian refugee and later an Orthodox archbishop, relates a Russian Church war story of two young women in Russia during the years of Russia’s civil war. They were neighbors in a small town under Imperial control when it fell into the hands of…


Collect for Sunday, August 15
Keep your Church, O Lord, by your perpetual mercy; and because without you the frailty of our nature causes us to fall, keep us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Sunday, August 22
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus…


Almighty God, give us the increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you have promised, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Each week I try to provide a new devotional; however, there are times when I reissue something I’ve written in the past. Today is one of those days. So, although you may remember bits and pieces of this devotional, hopefully, it speaks freshly to you this morning.

Saint Augustine, the fourth-century bishop…


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

God is always listening, even when we are not praying. He showers all people…


Success! Do you know anyone who does not like success? There seems to be an overwhelming desire to succeed woven into every fiber of human DNA. We strive for it in every field of life. Vince Lombardi said success (winning) is the only thing that matters in life (or football).

What’s more, God wants us to succeed. Deuteronomy 15:10 says, “the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” His success sets us high above all the nations on earth, includes blessings that come to us in the city and…


O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The above Collect happens to be the Collect for this Sunday. I think it is a beautiful prayer for meditation because it highlights God’s great power. With words like mercy and pity and grace, it reshapes our human imaginations about how God flexes his…


1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those who live in your holy courts.
What festivities await us
inside your holy Temple.
5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas. (Psalm 65:1–5, NLT)

Praise…


As we celebrate another Independence Day, Patrick Henry’s revolutionary words — “Give me liberty or give me death!” — ring with as much punch today as they did when he first declared them in 1775. Those words were shouted from St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, during the Second Virginian Convention. St. John’s Church, as the stage for this freedom cry, makes perfect sense because Jesus Christ’s message of emancipation has always been proclaimed by the Church to a tyrannized and abused world.

Everyone who searches for true freedom (independence) can find it in Jesus Christ. It cannot be earned…


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107:1–3

Psalm 107, the psalm appointed for this Sunday, is a beautiful union of praise for God’s goodness without denying human struggle and hardship.

Every faith-filled believer knows that God is good, his love endures forever, and the redeemed have a story to tell. But if one only reads the opening words of…

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