By Cyndi Kuermmerle
Worship Leader at Front Range Camp "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Jos.1:9). Fear is something with which I have grown to be comfortable throughout the years. It did not really start until I got into high school, but once “fear” seeped in, it got close and personal with me – following me everywhere I went. Making friends became harder, ma
I recently read this, “Lock-down lingo" - are you fully conversant with the new terminology? Coronacoaster: The ups and downs of your mood during the pandemic. You’re loving lockdown one minute but suddenly facing tears and anxiety the next. It’s “an emotional coronacoaster”. Coronadose: An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Note: this can result in a panic-demic. I’m also adding Coronality: The liminal space between what was and what
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. ... The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exo. 14:13a,14). You couldn’t really blame them. They weren’t soldiers … they were just laborers who had known nothing but bondage and servitude. And now the Egyptian army was bearing down on them with every intention of wiping them all out … not just the men who might take up arms, but all of th
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water (Jn. 21: 7 NIV) While walking through a Target the other day on one of my “essential” trips to the store, I walked through the Easter candy aisle and became a little sad. A little later, I passed the children’s department and saw the displays of Easter dresses and
Ecclesiastes 3 starts this way, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven.” When Randy Barnett, a high school friend, invited me to his church to hear his youth choir sing back in 1973, I never dreamed at 17 years old that would be the beginning of my relationship with Jesus. When, in that same year, I asked Sheryl Rose, a fellow drummer in the high school band to go out with me, I never dreamed we’d eventually get married. There’s something
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf (Heb. 6:19-20a). Over the years, I’ve encountered some professional anglers who can “strike gold” in any body of water. Meanwhile, the “heftiest haul” that I’ve ever hooked was a different type of metal—a chuck of galvanized steel that I mistakenly snagged off the coast of Florida. Despite its lack of fish-like
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth o
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) I have a bad habit of not worrying enough. What a problem to have, I know. Growing up, I seemed to worry about everything possible. I was that over-thinker who asked questions that were not on anyone else’s radar. Those “what-if’s” plagued me. Now, I don’t worry about things enough. “Miranda, what is your plan for this thing t
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:9-10, NIV) When our children were small, the answer to the question, “Why haven’t you…
…picked up your toys?
…brushed your teeth?
…fed the cat?” was often either, “I meant to!” or “I was just gonna’.”
In view of the recent event in a rural Texas church I am republishing this devotion. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Ps. 27:13-14 (NKJV) Scripture repeatedly reminds us that there is “often” a divine correlation between “spiritual endurance” and “seeing the power of God made real in our lives”