Devotions

While there’s a world full of incredible, biblically sound devotionals, there’s something special about a shared experience with those you attend church with. At DCC we want to provide a resource for anyone interested in investing in time with the Lord that they can discuss with others who attend DCC or frequent our website. Devotions are provided during Advent each year, and during the year as special needs arise.

Advent 2021: Monday, December 6

December 6, 2021

In Middle School youth group this month, we’re looking at different Christmas traditions and how we can reach out to different groups of people through them.<br><br> Christmas cards! I always overcomplicate this one and try to find the perfect family picture to send out. But it can be so simple to write a note that says, “I was just thinking of you today, Merry Christmas!” A grandparent, a cousin, a friend who lives far away, how much would they love to hear from you? What a sweet blessing you can give them! <br><br> Christmas cookies! Who doesn’t love them?! A little bag or box filled with cookies and delivered to a neighbor is a simple way to spread some Christmas cheer. Little, unexpected gifts like this can make them feel seen and cared for. <br><br> Service to others! With all the time off work and school, we are given plenty of opportunities to find a way to serve those closest to us; siblings, parents, children. Do her dishes, make his bed, give her the best seat to watch a movie, tell him something you like about him, give her the biggest piece of dessert! <br><br> It’s easy to look at our family tradition as “ours,” instead, let’s use them to include others and bless those around us, near and far!<br><br> Jenn Odell, director of Middle School ministries

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Advent 2021: Sunday, December 5

December 5, 2021

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isa 7:17).<br><br> As a child growing up in Colorado, the anticipation of Christmas and the excitement it brings, was generally accompanied by snow… this paradigm remained as I grew older, usually with the changeover of summer toys for winter…<br><br> However, this year has been quite different. I have found it difficult to get into the spirit of the season, especially as I look outside and see a beautiful summer-like day and contemplate if I should head out for a bike ride.<br><br> This lack of excitement has fashioned an internal conflict within me. What exactly am I looking for this Christmas season; am I focused on worldly, self-gratification or on “our Savior, which is Christ the Lord?”<br><br> What sign are you looking for this Advent season?<br><br> Brett Confer, elder

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Advent 2021: Saturday, December 4

December 4, 2021

Growing up in a large family, we had some strange Christmas traditions. For many years, we didn’t even have a Christmas tree! With so many siblings, none of our gifts were anything expensive either. And we always worked on Christmas too: the calves had to get fed somehow! And yet, Christmas was still a special time that our family spent remembering the birth of Christ, eating good food, and enjoying each other’s company. The tree eventually comes down and the gifts end up in a box in the attic, but the memories we have of time well spent are priceless. I pray that each of you are able to enjoy Christmas with loved ones and celebrate the gift of life! <br><br>Lelan Eberly, director of High School ministries

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Advent 2021: Friday, December 3

December 3, 2021

This Advent season we are highlighting the various “players” in the Nativity story. How often have we talked about the Virgin Mary or the animals surrounding newborn Jesus but not stopped to interpret or investigate what each of those characters brought to the birth story. <br><br>The Angels and Shepherds were tasked with the amazing job of announcing the birth of our Savior. I mean, wow! Can you imagine being the bearer of that news? If you’ve ever played the game Telephone you know how things can get lost in translation... no pressure! <br><br>Then there were the animals who gently and sweetly looked down at baby Jesus and “meowed” or “mooed” at his cuteness... or wait, did they? Intuitively we think that the setting should be filled with all sorts of animals, but the Bible never mentions any in the story of Jesus’ birth... <br><br>The Wise Men followed on their camels to bring the infant Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh... oh wait... they didn’t arrive until Jesus was two (they should be far from your household nativity set)! And there are no accounts of them riding camels... <br><br>Then the most amazing piece of the story, Joseph and Mary. How terrified the Virgin Mary must have been to face a town full of people that couldn’t find her a place to lay her head let alone have a BABY! What mother wants to give birth anywhere other than those cozy birthing rooms in our modern hospitals?! <br><br>Each of these characters has an amazing and crucial part in the story of Jesus’ birth. A baby who could have entered the world as a grown man, a King, entered the world in a stable (perhaps with the company of animals?). Imagine how humbling it would be for the Lord to choose us as unknowing participants in a story such as this. <br><br>Julie Andrews, director of children’s ministries

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Advent 2021: Thursday, December 2

December 2, 2021

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matt 5:37). <br><br>Have you ever dropped the ball? Promised something to someone and then just absentmindedly or very deliberately failed to follow through? If you answered “No” to this question you are a better person than I. Now for the rest of us normal fallen knuckleheads, if you were to give answer to the question “Why did you drop the ball?” you might run down a list of excuses that would give account for your shortcoming or hide the motivations behind your transgression. But make no mistake, your actions did not match your words. <br><br>Perhaps one of the great challenges in life for every human and especially for the Christian is to have the confessions of our mouth line up with way we conduct ourselves every day. So, this Christmas, consider that one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family, friends and to the world at large is to let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No”, “No.” And you just might be surprised to find that in so doing you will be giving yourself quite a gift as well; namely freedom. For as Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31b-32). <br><br>Rob Schmidt, pastor

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Advent 2021: Wednesday, December 1

December 1, 2021

The traffic, the lines, the people, all of whom forgot how to think, or so it seems… like a scene from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the Island of Mis-fit Toys. You wonder if it will ever end, or at least get any better? <br><br>Pull over, step aside, slow down, and take a long deep breath. Then, dig for that prayer, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name.” The Father, The Almighty, knows what we are going through. He has given us an answer, One who came as a small helpless babe, Born in the place where few wanted to go, let alone stay. <br><br>He came for you, for us, for everyone. He is the Christ in Christmas. <br><br>Jim Anderson, elder

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Advent 2021: Tuesday, November 30

November 30, 2021

Advent is a time of watching, waiting, praying and giving alms. We are to prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of our Lord on Christmas day. It is the time four weeks before Christmas. <br><br>Many, many years ago when I first got engaged, I remember a time of waiting. My Mother told me that she and my Uncle George had ordered something for me as an engagement/Christmas gift, BUT that it wouldn’t get there till after the holidays sometime in January. She gave me some hints, but nothing helped. I tried and tried to get her to tell me what it was. No matter how hard I tried, she would not give in. I asked all kinds of questions… what’s it made of? How big is it? What can I do with it? It just didn’t work. Nooooo! I had to wait. <br><br>Waiting is not easy, no matter what we are waiting for—a gift, some news, medical test results. Waiting for the Messiah was that way for the Jewish people. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, very few people realized what was happening. Then the waiting was over. The Messiah was born. <br><br>As Advent begins we should realize what is commemorated on Christmas and what He did for us. We need to get ourselves ready for His coming. Let’s focus on our coming Savior this Advent, born in a cave with all the animals, without Whom we can do nothing—not even breathe. <br><br>Donna Tyburski, elder‍

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Advent 2021: Monday, November 29

November 29, 2021

Advent! Ah, preparing for Christmas! This is a good thing. <br><br>I grew up in the Presbyterian Church where Advent seemed to be overlooked. But in the fall of 1979, I headed off to the University of Vermont to get an education while playing rugby, drinking lots of beer and chasing the girls. A bold young man came into my dorm room one partying Wednesday night and told me about Jesus. I had heard of Him all my life, but never realized there was a decision to make, a life changing decision. After several weeks of study and discussion, God brought me to my knees, I had to turn to him. I prayed for forgiveness and devoted my entire life, come what may, to Jesus my Savior. This was late fall of 1979. <br><br>My first advent, my first Christmas, which was about the Savior of the world, not Santa Clause. I wasn’t even aware of the word Advent at that time. I was just in awe this first Christmas, seeing Christ through new eyes. I was a new creation! <br><br>I flew back home for Christmas, to my family and my homies in British Columbia, Canada. The same beer, the same ski slopes, the same old friends I had grown up with, but everything looked different. My old friends were now sons and daughters of the Most High deserving of respect and needing redemption. And skiing wasn’t the end all it had been, it was a gift from God to be put into perspective with all of God’s gifts and subjugated to his Lordship. <br><br>I am older now, but still a new creation. I have seen 40+ advents, AND I still need to be in awe of the Lord’s supreme act of coming to earth in human form and calling us all back to God. Let us bow down and worship Him! <br><br>Tim Morris, elder‍

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Advent 2021: Sunday, November 28

November 28, 2021

Advent! What a special time of year. Yes, Advent has to do with remembering the Lord’s coming and appearing to redeem us, but it is so much more. It is an invitation. An invitation to enter into relationship with Jesus (who has made God known). An invitation to receive his forgiveness. An invitation to experience his redemptive grace. An invitation to enjoy his deep love and to feel his embrace! In a time of overwhelming consumerism, confusions, fear, and division can you accept his invitation?<br><br>“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).<br><br>Rest and enjoy,<br>Jim Howard, pastor

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No Fulfillment Found in Wisdom

September 16, 2021

Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. (Ecclesiastes 1:17-18)

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No Fulfillment in Wisdom!

September 16, 2021

Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. (Ecclesiastes 1:17-18)

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Balance

March 24, 2021

Paul Tripp, author of our favorite devotional, New Morning Mercies, recently posted that there are 3 central attributes of our lives… “God, relationships and work.” Thinking about work, we can easily find reward, satisfaction, security, recognition and friendships. In fact, we are so drawn to work that our family relationships and spiritual life often suffer or are neglected.

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