Wednesday Devotions from Pastor Steve

The Church Is a Family

We have been through so much over the past two-plus years. We have lived through a pandemic and continue to live with Covid variants. We have watched the sad, painful tragedy of over a million people who have lost their lives because of Covid. We have, and we are, facing the turmoil and violence in

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How to Trust God in Difficult Times

Life is not predictable, and there are ups and downs along the path. Many of us want to trust God. When times are good, it can feel easier. But when times feel difficult, it is even more important to trust God. God’s unchanging character, the fact that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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The Bull Moose Principle

Our health and strength depend on wise “spiritual” nutrition. The food we eat is assimilated into our bodies and becomes our nails, skin cells, and blood. In the same way, what we are becoming—spiritually is what we feed on and put into our minds. Have you heard of the bull-moose principle? I was reading an

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The Resurrection Gives Us Hope

We Have More Hope Than Anyone Else. We had an amazing Easter weekend. We started with Passover. We celebrated, worshipped, danced, read the Word, learned, and eat Passover food. We ended on a fantastic Sunday, Resurrection Day. But the Good News is that there is still more to the Resurrection. For our devotional, you are

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Is the Resurrection of Jesus FACT or FICTION?

Who or what are you going to put your hope in for the afterlife? Jesus Christ said in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Consider the fact that all religions claim the idea of “revelation.” Buddhism asserts that it has received

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I AM not a Ghost!

Touch Me and make sure that I AM not a ghost! Luke 24:37-43 These people were in a locked room, hiding and struggling with the fact that Jesus’ body was missing. Their hopes and dreams were lost on the cross where Jesus “died.” They heard rumors of His appearances from several people in their group.

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The Lord Is Our Strength and Shield

The Bible has many verses on strength when we feel tired and overwhelmed. God’s Word provides comfort and strength in hard times and encourages our faith when we feel despair. Evil’s goal is to make us feel weak, useless and ultimately destroy us. We fight using God’s Word, the Holy Spirit. We can overcome evil

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Biblical Thoughts About the War And Violence In Ukraine

Luke 21:9 says, “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” Mark 13:7-8, “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is

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Discipleship

One of the gifts given to me by my father-in-law was the passage: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). One of the things I learned from “Dad” was the importance of discipleship of

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Sharpening Our Axes

What do we do when we feel disconnected from God? What do we do when we have lost our cutting edge? There’s a story in the Bible about when the people of Israel were cutting trees down when a miracle took place. “One day, the guild of prophets came to Elisha and said, ‘You can

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Prayer for Ukraine and Russia!

The events of Ukraine connect me to my history and family. Watching these events unfold thanks to the internet is powerful beyond comprehension, and these images stir up deep, strong compassion, injustice, and righteous indignations. Did you know that your pastor is 100% Jewish and 100% Christian? Part of his Jewish family is from Russia.

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Pray for Our Children

Our devotional this week was written by Carolyn Perkins. She is an expert professional educator. She is currently a School Board Member with the Bremerton School District. She and her husband Bob are long-time members, and she has been an ALFC as a staff member. Bob is part of the Church Council. Her devotional is

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Why Pray?

The Bible teaches us that we should pray constantly. I confess I don’t pray as often as I should. But I don’t want this devotional to be a “drive-by guilting” about prayer. Could the reason we don’t pray more be that we have misunderstood the purpose of prayer? Most everybody I know prays when they

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Why pray and fast for twenty-one days? So, we can see “break-through” and “break-out” of the pandemic weariness. We have been worn down and overwhelmed by COVID 19 for over two years. We are afraid. We are angry. We have been humbled. And we are traumatized. We now face a mental health crisis. We are

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We Are Family

One of my AF military career responsibilities was to serve on “Mobility Lines.” This was either an exercise (practice) to see if our military personnel had all their gear in order, ready for deployment, or it was “real world,” and they were getting ready to load up onto a plane taking off into an Area

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Tired? Exhausted? Stressed? Burned out?

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleep disorders are so pervasive in the United States that they now constitute a public health epidemic? Research conducted by the CDC indicates that many Americans experience problems associated with a lack of sufficient sleep. For example: 23.2% of survey respondents

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How does REAL CHANGE happen in our lives?

What does the Bible say about change? There seem to be several constants in life. One of them is that change will happen. We tend to fear change, and we can become anxious about change because we do not feel in control. God has a plan for our life that includes healing from the past,

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