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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September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021 Eric Bronkala Clergy Tennessee Valley District “Free Indeed” John 8:31-36 (NIV) 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the ...

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September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021 Deborah Hearn Laity Signal Mountain UMC Scenic South My House is A Memory Box   My house is a memory box, each piece a decoration of heart and soul.  I walk past a lamp, its shade now just wires. It reminds me of Mother. It was the...

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September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021 Dr. John W. Oldham, LCSW Clergy Scenic City District Pastor, Simpson UMC Pastoral Counselor, Transformation Center   Psalm 128:1(NIV): "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to God."   James 4:10(NIV): "Humble ...

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September 19, 2021

September 19, 2021 Mark Hicks Clergy Mountain View District An Outline for Prayer Psalms 128:5-6 NIV 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;     may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem     all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s...

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September 18, 2021

September 18, 2021 Michael Vaughn Clergy Appalachian District Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 (NIV) Everything Is Meaningless 1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem: 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”     says the Teacher. “Utterly ...

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September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021 Scott Wilks Clergy Tennessee Valley District Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) A Time for Everything 3 There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: Devotion The author of Ecclesiastes wrote (or was it...

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September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021 Becky G. Hall Laity Scenic South District   1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV) 2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[...

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September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021 Bev Johnson Laity Hiwassee District   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 “Great,” said ...

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September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021 Marcia Whetsel Laity, First UMC Morristown Mountain View District   Psalm 72:21-28 (NIV) 21 When my heart was grieved     and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant;     I was a brute beast before you. 23 Yet I am ...

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September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021 Mary Charles Blair Laity Hiwassee District   Psalm 73:21-28 (AMP) 21  When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within [as with the fang of an adder], 22  Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. 23  ...

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September 12, 2021

September 12, 2021 Brian D. Inman Clergy Smoky Mountain District Mark 8:27-38 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah 27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28...

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September 11, 2021

  September 11, 2021 Donna Bunch Laity Tennessee Valley District The Ways of the World Proverbs 21:1-17 (NKJV)  The Lord Considers the Heart   21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the [a]rivers of water; He turns it wherever He ...

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September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021 Bernice Howard Laity Psalm 19:14 (NLT) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Devotion And just what are those meditations of my heart? According to ...

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September 9, 2021

September 9, 2021 Bodhi K. Der Parunakian Clergy Rutledge Circuit, Mountain View District Psalm 19 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after ...

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September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021 Bonnie Lynn Seiber Clergy Tennessee Valley District   Psalm 73: 1-20 (NIV) A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Surely God is good to Israel,     to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;     I had nearly lost my ...

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September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021 Jo Alison Lobertini Laity Tennessee Valley District   Faithful living in a corrupt and unfair world  Psalm 73:1-20 (Common English Bible) A psalm of Asaph. 73 Truly God is good to Israel,     to those who are have a pure heart. 2 ...

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September 6, 2021

September 6, 2021 Jim Philpott Clergy Kyle, TX   Proverbs 8:32-9:6 (NRSV) 32 “And now, my children, listen to me:     happy are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise,     and do not neglect it. 34 Happy is the one who listens to me,...

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September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021 Jonathan Jonas Clergy Smoky Mountain District   When we’re in too deep Psalm 130 (NRSV) 1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!   3If you, O Lord, ...

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September 4, 2021

September 4, 2021 Brandon Berg Clergy, First UMC Bristol Clinch Mountain District Wisdom at Play Proverbs 8:27a, 30-31 (adapted from the Common English Bible) I was there when the Lord established the heavens… I was beside the Lord as a master of ...

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September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021 Danielle Meyers Laity, Dutch Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District The Path Proverbs 4:10-27 (CEB) Stay on the path of wisdom 10 Listen, my son, and take in my speech,     then the years of your life will be many. 11 I teach you ...

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September 2, 2021

September 2, 2021 Bob Hayes Clergy Smoky Mountain District From Whence Come Knowledge and Wisdom? Proverbs 1:1-19 (NRSV) 2 For learning about wisdom and instruction,     for understanding words of insight, 3 for gaining instruction in wise dealing,  ...

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September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021 Penney Helms Laity, Central UMC, Knoxville Tennessee Valley District   Singing A New Song Psalm 144: 9-15 (NIV)   9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;     on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, 10 to the One who ...

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August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021 Emalie Love Dockery Laity, Central UMC Tennessee Valley District Why must the innocent suffer? 1 Peter 2:19-25 (NRSV)  19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20 If you endure ...

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August 30, 2021

August 30, 2021 Cindy Stulce Laity, First-Centenary UMC Scenic South District Nurtured and Supported Psalm 144:12 (NIV) 12 Then our sons in their youth     will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars     carved to adorn ...

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August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021 John Maiuri Laity Hiwassee District A Song of Love Song of Songs 2: 8-13 (NIV) 8 Listen! My beloved!     Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains,     bounding over the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.  ...

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