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Ephesians 4:26 by Jason G. Lutz

Thinkers much brighter than I have said that all sin, at least most sin, is rooted in good things. I guess a simpler understanding is that sin is good things gone bad. I think the most obvious example of this is love becoming lust. A small seemingly inconsequential and honest flame can become a forest fire very quickly. I think most of us know when we have crossed the…

Giving Thanks by Jason G. Lutz

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that each of you has a wonderful week and a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. I would like to use today’s devotion to be mindful of a few things we, as Followers of Christ, can be thankful for. Here goes: 1. The Bible. The simple reality that God has chosen to reveal Himself through the written word is in and of itself remarkable. It is also…

2 Peter 1:4 by Jason G. Lutz

I am typing this early Wednesday morning and I have just learned the result of the presidential election. I imagine some of you will be frustrated. I also imagine that some of you will be pleased. Condolences or congrats either way. I’m relieved that it is over. But on the same note today brings forth an end, which begs the question: where do we go from here?. The…

Ecclesiastes 3:11 by Jason G. Lutz

He has also set eternity in their heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Broadly speaking, it is important to understand two categories of sin: sins of commission and sins of omission. I think a good way to understand sins of commission is to understand that they are the acts we commit which break our Father’s heart. Sins of omission are the opposite, actions which are in our Father’s…

1st Corinthians 2:2 by Jason G. Lutz

I did everything right and yet things did not work out. It is a frustrating place to be. I experienced this feeling with a bang this past weekend. My training plan was from a professional and everybody thought it would work; I followed it to completion. Beyond that I did all the little things right; as far as extra strength training, food, and sleep. Yet, I still turned…

Romans 3:10 by Jason G. Lutz

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one”… (Romans 3:10) I hold tightly to the understanding that Christianity is the ultimate paradox. What I mean is that our faith is two seemingly opposed ideals moving and pushing forward in Grace and in Power and both are completely true. Romans 3:10 highlights this paradox. St. Paul tells us that there is none…

1st Corinthians 13:13 by Jason G. Lutz

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three (1st Corinthians 13:13) I imagine that I am not the only person who will be happy when this election ends. Perhaps this is correlated with the use of social media, but it feels like one simply cannot escape election coverage. And it is seldom coverage of the good kind. I typically do not get caught up in it; not because I am…

1st Corinthians 9:27 by Jason G. Lutz

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1st Corinthians 9:27) 1st Corinthians 9:27 is a challenging verse. It is as challenging personally as it is theologically. And I think this is why we often avoid it. Yet our point today is not to discuss our control, lack there of, of our sin nature; nor,…

Seasons -Rev. Jeff Biddle

Every new season brings new excitement. As we roll over from summer to fall, new school clothes and college football games lend excitement and anticipation to the transition. What will be my hardest class this fall? How will the Mountaineers’ new recruiting class shape up? New seasons can bring uncertainty, too–like the heated presidential race this fall, that…