Daily Devotional

Daily Devotional

The Holston Daily Devotional is a collaborative writing effort by Holston Clergy and Laity alike. Following the Revised Common Lectionary, our devotional authors spend time reading the scripture and writing in a way to help each of us grow closer to God. Beginning during Lent 2019, the Holston Daily Devotional has rarely missed a day. 

Our goal is to help people grow deeper in love with God and neighbor through the reading and writing of shared experiences of our Holston community. If you are interested in writing a devotional, please contact Madasun Loy, and she will explain our submission process. Guidelines for our daily devotion can be found here.

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November 26, 2021

November 26, 2021 Danny Nettleton Clergy New River District Nehemiah 9:16-21 (NIV)  16 “But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you ...

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November 25, 2021

November 25, 2021 Rev. Dr. Alex Thompson Clergy Hiwassee District Pastor, Niota and Cedar Springs UMC Assistant Professor of Religion at TWU The Same Old Story Nehemiah 9:6-15 (NRSV) 6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest ...

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November 24, 2021

November 24, 2021 Bev Johnson Laity Hiwassee District  When People Can’t Forget Who You WERE Acts 23:12-35 (NIV) 12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 ...

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November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021 Mary Lynn Roy Laity Smoky Mountain District Getting Out of the Way  Psalm 63 (CEB) 63 God! My God! It’s you—     I search for you!     My whole being[a] thirsts for you!     My body desires you         in a dry and tired land,      ...

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November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021 Eric Bronkala Clergy Tennessee Valley District Psalm 63 (NRSV) Extend Your Outlook 1 O God, you are my God, I seek you,     my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you,     as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 ...

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November 21, 2021

November 21, 2021 Renni P. Morris Laity Tennessee Valley District 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (NRSV) 23 Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, son of Jesse,     the oracle of the man whom God exalted,[a] the anointed of the God of Jacob,    ...

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November 20, 2021

November 20, 2021 Amy Rose Laity Mountain View District Lost Armor Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For...

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November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021 Mark Hicks Clergy Mountain View District Calm in Every Circumstance 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 NIV 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a ...

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November 18, 2021

November 18, 2021 Bob McConnell Laity Alleys Chapel UMC Appalachian District 2 Kings 22:1-10 (NLT) The Measure of Success 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the ...

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November 17, 2021

November 17, 2021 Michael Somers Clergy Appalachian District Trust in God in Times of Trouble  Psalm 3 (NASB) 3 Lord, how my enemies have increased! Many are rising up against me. 2 Many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” ...

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November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021 Pierce J. (Jack) Edwards Clergy Appalachian District The Dark Night of the Soul Psalm 3 (NIV) 1 Lord, how many are my foes!     How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me,     “God will not deliver him.”[b] 3 But you, ...

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November 15, 2021

November 15, 2021 Lisa Nichols Laity Mountain View District  The LORD Was with Him 1 Samuel 3:19-4:1a  CEB 19 So Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him, not allowing any of his words to fail. 20 All Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel ...

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November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021 Bev Johnson Laity Hiwassee District Who IS in Charge 2 Samuel 3: 12-16 (The Message) 12 Abner went ahead and sent personal messengers to David: “Make a deal with me and I’ll help bring the whole country of Israel over to you.” 13 “...

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November 13, 2021

November 13, 2021 Laura Feely Ashline Laity, First-Centenary UMC Scenic South District 1 Samuel 3:1-18 (NIV) The Lord Calls Samuel 3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many...

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November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021 Stephen Hopkins Clergy, Kendricks Creek UMC Appalachian District 1 Samuel 2:12-21 (NIV) Eli’s Wicked Sons 12 Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord. 13 Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any ...

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November 11, 2021

November 11, 2021 Dona Bunch Laity, Church Street United Methodist Church Tennessee Valley District I Timothy 6:11-21 (NIV) Final Charge to Timothy 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, ...

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November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021 Bernice Howard Laity, First UMC, Maryville Smoky Mountain District Luke 4:16-30 (NIV) 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, ...

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November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021 Bodhi K. Der Parunakian Clergy. Rutledge Circuit Mountain View District Psalm 119, selected verses (NRSV) 75 I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,     and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. 76 Let your steadfast love ...

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November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021 Rev. Dr. Carole R. Martin Retired Clergy, First Broad Street UMC Appalachian District 1 Timothy 5:1-8 (Common English Bible) 5 Don’t correct an older man, but encourage him like he’s your father; treat younger men like your brothers,...

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November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021 Donna Tisdale Laity, First UMC, Cleveland Hiwassee District I Kings 17:8-16 (NRSV) The Widow of Zarephath 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have ...

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November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021 Pat Roza Laity Burks UMC Scenic South District Ruth 4:18-22  The Genealogy of David 18 This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, 19 Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, 20 Amminadab ...

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November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021 John L. Grimm Clergy Appalachian District Purified Hebrews 9:15-24 (NRSV) 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ...

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November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021 Rance Edwards, Sr. Clergy Appalachian District “Steps of Faith” Psalm 127 1 Unless the Lord builds the house,     the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you ...

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November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021 Daniel Garrett Clergy Clinch Mountain District “What A Friend” Romans 5: 6-11 (KJV) 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure ...

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November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021 Bob Hayes  Clergy Smoky Mountain District Keep Our Lamps Burning Psalm 18:20-30 NIV 20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;     according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me. 21 For I have kept the ...

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