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 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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November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 Susan Collins Scenic South District Laity Ruth 2: 15-23 15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the ...

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October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021 Sandra Failing Certified Lay Speaker Tennessee Valley District   Praise the Lord! Psalm 146, King James Version 146 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my ...

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October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021 Cindy Stulce Laity First-Centenary UMC Scenic South District Like a Good Neighbor Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “...

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October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021 John Maiuri Laity Hiwassee District The End of the Story Ruth 2:1-19 NIV 2 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let ...

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October 28, 2021

October 28, 2021 Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union UMCs Appalachian District Ruth 1:18-22 Starting Over 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. 19 So the two women went on until they came to ...

October 27, 2021

October 27, 2021 Ed Helton Laity Rising Fawn UMC Scenic South District Hope in Times of Trouble 1 Peter 1:3-9  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the ...

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021 Danny Nettleton Clergy Bridle Creek Circuit New River District Get Up and Make Your Bed  Acts 9:32-35 (NRSV) 32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers,[a] he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he...

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October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021 Gary C. Clark Laity Tennessee Valley District Choosing Up Sides 1 Peter 2:1-10 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so ...

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October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021 Anne Travis Laity Smoky Mountain District Matthew 18:21-35 (CEB) Parable of the unforgiving servant 21 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as ...

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October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021 Becky Ritter Laity, Grove UMC New River District What Kind of Friend Am I? Job 42:7-9 NIV  7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have ...

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October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021 Eric Bronkala Clergy Tennessee Valley District “Overcoming Our Fears” Psalm 34 (NRSV) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble ...

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October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021 Renni P. Morris Laity Tennessee Valley District Speak a Blessing Psalm 34:1-8 (NRSV) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble ...

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October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021 Susan Collins Laity Scenic South District Job 41: 12-34 12 “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,     its strength and its graceful form. 13 Who can strip off its outer coat?     Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[a]...

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