Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
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alvin_straightAlvin's story reminds us of the importance of family relationships, the need for unconditional love, and the power of forgiveness. Alvin Straight, a 73-year old resident of Laurens, Iowa decides to visit his estranged brother Lyle in Mount Zion, Wisconsin after learning he had suffered a stroke. But Alvin had no driver's license and refused to be driven, fly, or take a bus. Being a cantankerous World War II veteran who still mowed his lawn, Alvin decided to outfit a makeshift trailer, and drive his lawnmower the 300-plus miles across state lines. Alvin went to great effort in overcoming the many challenges during his unorthodox trip to reach s brother, but he eventually reached his destination.

The real-life Straight Story (1999) is a G-rated and thought-provoking adult orientated movie, which is based on the actual journey. While the film’s deliberate pacing may seem slow to some, Alvin’s encounters with people along the way furnish food for thought about the truly important things of life. “The Straight Story” is a wonderful film for everyone, making this a must-see for the entire family. The 1999 G-rated movie is directed by David Lynch. Veteran character actor Richard Farnsworth plays the role of a lifetime as Alvin Straight.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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