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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May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021 Danny Nettleton Psalm 47 (NIV) King of All the Earth Around the turn of the century, a woman was washing dishes in her tiny house in the Scottish countryside. She was startled when a knock came at the door. The place was remote, and she ...

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May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021 Psalm 47; Exodus 24:15-18; Revelation 1:9-18 Gary C. Clark Laity: Council Chair New Life UMC Tennessee Valley District Exodus 24:15-18 15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on ...

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May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 Acts 1:1-11 Rev. Stephen K. Doyal Clergy Bookwalter UMC Tennessee Valley District Acts 1:9-11 1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they ...

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May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021 Deuteronomy 11:1-21 (ICB) Carolyn L. Kidd Certified Lay Minister Clinch Mountain District Great Things Israel Saw 11 Love the Lord your God. Obey his orders, rules, laws and commands. 2 Remember today it was not your children who saw and...

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May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021 Psalm 93: 1-5 Danielle Meyers Certified Lay Minister appointed to Dutch Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District Psalm 93: 1-5 1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;     the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;     indeed, ...

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May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 Psalm 93, Deuteronomy 7:1-11, and 1 Timothy 6:11-12 Dr. Ken Sprinkle, Retired Clergy Appalachian District Psalm 93 1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;     the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;     indeed, the world...

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May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021 John 15:9-17; The Message Diane James Laity Midtown Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District John 15:9-17 ‘I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.  If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately ...

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May 8, 2021

May 8, 2021 Psalm 84, CEB Susan Groseclose Clergy Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Discipleship Smoky Mountain District Psalm 84 How lovely is your dwelling place,     Lord of heavenly forces! My very being longs, even yearns,     ...

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May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021 Isaiah 5:15 and 20 NRSV Jim Philpott Retired Clergy Kyle, Texas (Formerly from Christ UMC in the Scenic South District) Focus Scripture Isaiah 5:15;20 15 People are bowed down, everyone is brought low,     and the eyes of the haughty are ...

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May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021 Exodus 15: 22-27 NRSV Rev. Dr. Janet Sweet Midway/Prospect UMC Appalachian District Exodus 15:22-27 NRSV Bitter Water Made Sweet 22 Then Moses ordered Israel to set out from the Red Sea,[a] and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They ...

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May 4, 2021

 May 4, 2021 Isaiah 32:9-11; 14-18 (NIV) Donna E. Tisdale  Laity First UMC, Cleveland, TN Hiwassee District Isaiah 32:9-11;14-18 The Women of Jerusalem 9 You women who are so complacent,     rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure,   ...

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May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Psalm 80/ Galatians 5: 16-26 NIV Sarah Wimmer Laity First UMC Maryville Smoky Mountain Psalm 80/ Galatians 5:16-26 NIV 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,     you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,     ...

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May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021 John 15:1-8 NRSV Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union Appalachian District John 15:1-8 NRSV Jesus the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch ...

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May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021 Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Lisa Nichols Church and Community Worker Mountain View District Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Here in this great gathering for worship I have discovered this praise-life. And I’ll do what I promised right here in ...

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April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 Amos 8: 11-13 ESV Sean Glenn Clergy, Bluff City/St. Paul UMC Three Rivers District Amos 8:11-13 11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,     “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst ...

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April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 Psalm 22:25-31 NRSV Rev. David Graybeal Clergy Keith Memorial United Methodist Church Hiwassee District Psalm 22:25-31 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;     my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 26 The poor[a]...

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April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 Psalm 95 The Message Laura F. Ashline Laity First-Centenary United Methodist Church Scenic South District Psalm 95 1-2 Come, let’s shout praises to God,     raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence ...

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April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 Psalm 95:3-7 NLT Stephen Hopkins Clergy, Kendricks Creek UMC Appalachian District Psalm 95:3-7  3,For the Lord is a great God,     a great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth     and the mightiest ...

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April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021 1 Peter 5:1-5 CEB Rev. Brandon Berg Clergy First United Methodist Church of Bristol Clinch Mountain District 1 Peter 5:1-5 1 Therefore, I have a request for the elders among you. (I ask this as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s ...

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April 25, 2021

April 25, 2021 Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18 NSRV Gregg Bostick Clergy, Mount Hermon United Methodist Church Tennessee Valley District Psalm 23 and John 10: 11-18 Psalm 23The Divine Shepherd A Psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want....

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April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021 Mark 6:30-34 NIV Bob Hayes Retired Clergy Broadway UMC Smoky Mountain district Mark 6:30-34 NIV Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so ...

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April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021 Psalm 23 KJV Tom Seay Emerald Ave UMC Tennessee Valley District Psalm 23 KJV 23 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 ...

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April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021 Psalm 23 KJV Natalie Justice Smyth County Circuit Clergy Clinch Mountain District Psalm 23 King James Version 23 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 ...

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April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 Jeremiah 31: 31-34 CEB John Oldham Clergy Scenic South District Jeremiah 31: 31-34 31- "The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32- It will not be ...

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April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 2 John 1-6 NRSV Jim Philpott Retired Clergy Scenic South District   2 John 1-6 NRSV Salutation 1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the ...

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