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October 16, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Jacob Wrestles The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was 0
October 9, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Timber! Happy are those     who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread,     or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord,     and on his law 0
October 1, 2016 #BlessedBreak – World Communion Sunday I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread.  After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which 0
September 11, 2016 #BlessedBreak – New Wine Skins “No one sews a piece of new, unshrunk cloth on old clothes because the patch tears away the cloth and makes a worse tear.  No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the wineskins would burst, the 0
September 4, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Not a Cup, but a Cow Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to 0
August 14, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Community Choir   Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 God, you meet us where we are 0
July 30, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Offering The people rejoiced at this response, because they had presented their offerings to the Lord so willingly and wholeheartedly. King David also rejoiced greatly. Then David blessed the Lord before the whole assembly: Blessed are you, Lord,     God of our 0
July 10, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Bagging Oatmeal Shout loudly; don’t hold back;     raise your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their crime,     to the house of Jacob their sins.  They seek me day after day,     desiring knowledge of my ways     like a nation that acted 0
July 2, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Aprons The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey 0
June 18, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Praying with Pulse   He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans?  No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did.  0
June 5, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Precious in His Sight You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have 0
May 22, 2016 #BlessedBreak – River Spider We live by faith and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 God, your wonders of your creation inspire us to practice living faith. Thank you for giving us just enough faith for the journey that brings us closer to your 0
May 8, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Dominoes But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8 Saving God, may 0
April 24, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Sunset The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 Lord of bright and abiding Light, you 0
April 17, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Butterfly And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your 0
April 3, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Hello, Ducks! So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that 0
March 2, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Refreshment I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself. Colassians 2:2 God of community, thank you. 0
February 25, 2016 The Road of Life At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. 0
February 10, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Ash Wednesday For day after day they seek me out;     they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right     and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just 0
January 23, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Snowzilla Seek the Lord when he can still be found; call him while he is yet near. Let the wicked abandon their ways and the sinful their schemes. Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them, to our God, because he is generous with 0
January 15, 2016 #BlessedBreak – Vision + Vitality There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. A demonstration of the Spirit is 0
December 31, 2015 To Vision, Resourcefulness + Tenacity in 2016 The following story comes together from excerpts in David Bornstein’s How to Change the World.    James Grant’s Child Survival Revolution In 1985, the civil war in El Salvador was raging. Early that year, James Grant was along with UN Secretary 0
December 16, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Ants Marching I was overjoyed when the brothers and sisters arrived and spoke highly of your faithfulness to the truth, shown by how you live according to the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are 0
December 8, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Advent As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, though you are the least significant of Judah’s forces, one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you. His origin is from remote times, from ancient days. Therefore, he 0
November 16, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Autumn Trees The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40: 7-8 Steadfast God, forgive us for the breaths we skip 0
October 14, 2015 62,000 Sanctuaries Full of Children Fed Ex Field is one of the biggest stadiums in the NFL seating over 90,000 people. Arlington Church of the Brethren​’s sanctuary seats about 250 people. To fill the stadium we would need 360 sanctuaries full of people. That is, 0
September 23, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Sandbridge, VA Beach God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a 0
August 22, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Flagler Beach, FL The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants too. Because God is the one who established it on the seas; God set it firmly on the waters. Psalm 24:1-2 Great Comforter, help us to 0
August 1, 2015 #BlessedBreak – The Stately Oak The stately oak A treasure tall Broad sturdy arms From which acorns fall The sinews of wood The envy of man Become braces and beams For the human clan. From this great tree And its treasure store The Creator’s wisdom 0
July 20, 2015 #BlessedBreak – Playing in the Sand “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 Lord, we pray for all the children: the children 0