Posts with the category “devotionals”

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Cultivating Contentment
March 20th, 2020
No Quick FixesUsually, there aren’t quick fixes to complicated problems. And any promises of such things should be met with a fair amount of skepticism. At least, that seems to be among the convention...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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The Purpose of Parables
January 28th, 2020
A common definition of a parable is “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning” (Barclay & others).Depending on how you evaluate, the Good Book contains somewhere between 40 and 60 parables. Most of th...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Pursuing Clarity in 2020
January 27th, 2020
It seems the buzz word for 2020 is “CLARITY,” no doubt inspired by 20/20 perfect vision. I don’t think I’m alone in craving what this word gives. In our increasingly divided culture, fast-paced lives,...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Personality Types and God's Grace
January 23rd, 2020
By Dorian Watson“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, t...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Wisdom from Culture Shock: Earthly Sojourner, Kingdom Citizen
January 15th, 2020
Have you ever felt so out of place that you were reminded of being back in middle school? You know that super awkward feeling that you just don’t fit in, and you are way too aware of your every moveme...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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What is Your Life?
January 2nd, 2020
As a mom, I have found that the demands of this very chaotic life have shaken me to evaluate how I manage my days.In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul urges, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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College Hill Update: God is Moving!
September 19th, 2019
God is moving at College Hill: this has been the recurring theme since the beginning of our merger process a little over a year ago, and it was the overwhelming takeaway from our block party held last...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Creating Rhythms of Remembrance
September 10th, 2019
By Abby Barr, Director of OperationsI’ve found that the older I get the more forgetful I become. Just as my life has become more complicated and packed than ever, my mind has also become sleep-deprive...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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A Holistic Approach to Fasting and Spiritual Disciplines
August 15th, 2019
As a 21st century, American culture, we have become obsessed with food and image. It takes nothing more than a scroll through social media or a walk down the magazine aisle to see that something is as...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Recourse Against Giants
July 17th, 2019
Written by Dorian WatsonLately, I’ve been meditating on 1 Samuel 17. This chapter gives the account of David and Goliath. The Lord put these scriptures on my heart about a week ago as I was processing...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Refining Season
July 10th, 2019
Written by Christiana BoyerI love the four seasons of the year because growing up in Houston, Texas, I never really experienced spring and fall…or winter for that matter! I basically just knew hot, fo...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Why I Serve: Focus on Kid City
June 25th, 2019
By Jordan StaffordAs a senior at Liberty University, I have missed my home church for the last three years where I was plugged in with the younger kids and the middle school students. I adored being a...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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An Author’s Untimely Passing and Some Laundry
June 11th, 2019
By Jennifer Redmond, Communications DirectorThe passage of time is relentless. We know this reality, and yet we so often forget it, behaving as if time slows to our demands, as if by ignoring it, we c...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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What’s In a Name? Mara’s Story
June 4th, 2019
By Jordan StaffordImagine being so dehydrated after only drinking coffee for three days straight that you change your name to “Dehydrated.” I don’t know about you, but only drinking coffee is 100% som...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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On Wives, Wisdom, and Knowledge: Some Thoughts from Solomon
May 29th, 2019
written by Dr. Jim NutterSince late March, our Steadfast class (one of GCR’s Discipleship Communities) has been doing an in depth Bible study of the sayings of Solomon; each week we’ve been reading tw...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Choosing to Love
May 15th, 2019
Written by Juan Dugan, D.Min.There is a true wisdom in the way the Old Testament understood love, particularly when it comes to the topic of marriage. This wisdom and depth stands in stark contrast to...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Remember His Words
May 8th, 2019
Written by Dorian Watson, M.A.“And they remembered his words.” Luke 24:8 ESVOur modern American lives can have us running around at a mind-numbing pace. Constantly jumping from one appointment to the ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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The Vineyard Song
May 2nd, 2019
written by Danika Delello“What more could I have done for my vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?” Isaiah 5:4In Isaiah chapter five, a song ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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We are Sea Glass
April 24th, 2019
written by Jordan StaffordWe are sea glass. Let me explain.Broken and shattered bottles tossed aside by undesiring hands create the beautiful sea glass found along many shores. With each pounding wave...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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The Joy of Knowing
February 14th, 2019
Written by Danika Delello “God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.” Psalm 54:4When the Christians that I know go through trials, I hear many of them talk about how they find their comf...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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The Dark Side of Ambition
February 6th, 2019
by Dr. Jim NutterAs we began the New Year of 2019, many of us set goals or what some call “resolutions.” These may have involved healthier eating habits, getting more exercise, or even an increased nu...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Divine Nature
January 30th, 2019
written by Becca Bogardus, GCR Communications DirectorAs we study God’s Word, we see the Lord’s ultimate authority and power interlaced throughout Scripture. The Lord is sovereign, all-powerful, trans...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Christ
December 18th, 2018
written by Dorian Watson, M.A.THE CHRIST LIGHT“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:9A white candle is lit to represent Christ during Advent. Candles give ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Love
December 17th, 2018
by Fred Volk, Ph.D.In First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul describes what love is when he states unequivocally that no matter what we have gained in our lives in terms of accomplishments and material w...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Joy
December 12th, 2018
by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship LeaderJoy is a tricky thing. We often hear it described as happiness or a positive outlook, but for anyone who has ever felt joyous, we know it’s more than that. There ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Peace
December 5th, 2018
by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed.In the protestant tradition, the focus of Advent is most often on the arrival of Jesus—Emanuel, God with us.But one season, that focus dramatically shifted for me. Five years...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Expressing Gratitude to the Lord
November 20th, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, Teaching Pastor“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Gospel Community,What is the will o...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Not Thankful?
November 6th, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, Teaching PastorThanksgiving is only a few weeks away. For most people that means family, friends, and food, and, usually, at least some consideration of things that we’re thankful for...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Let's Testify
September 12th, 2018
by Christi-Anna BoyerRecently, a group of 55 women from Gospel Community Rivermont went on a weekend retreat in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While no one knew exactly what God was going to d...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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The Strength Paradox
August 22nd, 2018
by Abby Barr, M.Ed.All of us have areas of our lives where we excel. We are called into roles in which our gifts shine and our weaknesses are minimized. If you’re anything like me, you love spending t...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Ministry of the Puzzle
August 15th, 2018
by Dorian Watson, M.A.My dad loves jigsaw puzzles, especially ones with 1,000 or more pieces. He recently bought several for us to put together as a family. As we worked on them, I noticed that more t...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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We are More than the Sum of Our Failures
July 25th, 2018
by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship LeaderSometimes we make mistakes. There are the small mistakes, like being late for a meeting or missing a typo in a blog post. These can be embarrassing but aren’t a b...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Freedom and Responsibility
July 3rd, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, D.Min., Teaching and Outreach PastorHappy Fourth of July!Fourth of July is a celebration of freedom and democracy. But with freedom comes great responsibility. The freedom that has be...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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3 / Reflections on Sabbath: Delight
June 27th, 2018
by Ashley S. Davis, M.A., Resident in Counseling, Rivermont Counseling LLCWhen I think about practicing Sabbath, it can feel overwhelming, and if I’m honest, downright unrealistic. While a part of me ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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2 / Reflections on Sabbath: Rest
June 26th, 2018
by Ashley S. Davis, M.A., Resident in Counseling, Rivermont Counseling LLCWhen I think about practicing Sabbath, it can feel overwhelming, and if I’m honest, downright unrealistic. While a part of me ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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1 / Reflections on Sabbath: Stop
June 25th, 2018
by Ashley S. Davis, M.A., Resident in Counseling, Rivermont Counseling LLCWhen I think about practicing Sabbath, it can feel overwhelming, and if I’m honest, downright unrealistic. While a part of me ...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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For the Days We Doubt God's Goodness
June 19th, 2018
by Beth Joseph, Women’s Ministry LeaderEvery week, I have the blessing of nannying two children in Lynchburg. One of the children has the sweetest heart of any child I have ever known. He is constantl...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Our Unstoppable God Does Impossible Things
June 7th, 2018
by Dorian Watson, Financial Assistant“I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long bre...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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A Time to Rest
May 30th, 2018
by Brandon Read, Gospel Student Ministries DirectorTime is a precious commodity. But in this day and age, we tend to move quickly from one task to another, making everything feel like a blur. Unfortun...  Read More
by Karen Nichols
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Summer at GCC
May 17th, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, Teaching and Outreach PastorSummer technically doesn’t officially start until late June; but, at Gospel Community Church Rivermont, at the end of May, we transition from one season to...  Read More
by Karen Nichols

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