Grow • Devotion 1
on January 16th, 2023
Everyone Has a Story That Needs to be ToldJohn Rigg“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20In 2017, after a few years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, my father passed from this life to the next, two months shy of his 89th ...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 6
on January 14th, 2023
What is Love?William Kinney“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Galatians 1:14We all desire love in all sorts of ways. Some are good, and some are bad. However, how do we define love? The world defines love as a feeling that can be gained or lost dependent on particular situations. They expect to love only when love is reciprocated. I sure am gl...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 5
on January 13th, 2023
Danger of BitingPatrick Bicknell“But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:15In Galatians 5:15, Paul uses a very strong description of believers who do not love others as themselves. He describes them as wild animals, those that bite and devour one another. In this verse, he is wrapping up a section talking about the liberty that we re...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 4
on January 12th, 2023
Nobody Wins in a Bite-fightSierra Combs“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:14-15After 12 years of parenting two very easy-going, well-behaved, calm, and mild children, everything changed. God gave us a third. We named her Clementine, which me...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 3
on January 11th, 2023
Serving FaithfullyDebbie Gabbara“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)Long before the gatherings begin on Sunday morning, volunteers and staff arrive at the River locations. Lights and sound equipment are turned on, people arrive with instruments, and others warm up the...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 2
on January 10th, 2023
Love for RealJosh Thayer“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:13-15 You do not often think about it beca...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 1
on January 9th, 2023
Basin TheologyKeaton Washburn“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13If you read these devotions in order, you are most likely reading this before you head to Sunday gatherings or the day after gatherings, Monday. For me, being a social introvert, gatherings are one of my favorite da...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 6
on January 7th, 2023
ApprovalJill Osmon“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10Approval, we all seek it. Some of us find it in our families, some in our work, others in relationships, and I think most of us try to find it in the world in general. Yet it remains elusive to so many of us, ...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 5
on January 6th, 2023
A Dangerous GospelPastor Noble Baird“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9The sad reality about the world we live in today is the distortion and deceit t...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 4
on January 5th, 2023
The LinePeter Mason“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-7Every year the MLB releases amended rules for the upcoming baseball season. This past April, teams were allowed to increase ...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 3
on January 4th, 2023
A Price PaidMitchell Holmes“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.” Galatians 1:3-4It is so easy to forget things. I am a forgetful person. My wallet, keys, sunglasses, you name it, I have forgotten it. Now I know some of you reading this are far more o...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 2
on January 3rd, 2023
Grace & PeaceFerdinand Sanders“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:3When was the last time you wrote someone a handwritten letter? Outside of the occasional note to my wife (I promise it happened at least once in the past year), I really cannot remember the last time I penned a letter to anyone. Now, when was the last time you received a handwritten l...  Read More
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