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.

If you are new to the devotional, please subscribe below. You can also read our previous devotionals by clicking on the archive section in the blue navigation menu on your left.

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February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 Acts 8:30-31 (NRSV) by Natalie Justice Pastor of Smyth County Circuit Clinch Mountain District Focus Scripture   30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” ...

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February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020 Micah 6:1-8 (NRSV) by Kevin Richardson Clergy of St. Paul UMC / Fort Gibson UMC Appalachian District Focus Scripture   God Challenges Israel 6 Hear what the Lord says:     Rise, plead your case before the mountains,     and let the ...

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February 1, 2020

February 1, 2020 John 13:33-35 (NRSV) by Crystal Fallesen Laity, Director of Christian Education Scenic South District Focus Scripture   33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I ...

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January 31, 2020

January 31, 2020 Deuteronomy 24:17-22 (NRSV) by Danny Nettleton Clergy of Bridle Creek Circuit New River District Focus Scripture 17 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. 18 ...

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January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020 1 Peter 3:8-9 & Matthew 5:43-48 (NIV) by Eric Bronkala Director of Chaplain Services Shannondale Retirement Communities Knoxville & Maryville, TN Focus Scripture Suffering for Doing Good 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be ...

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January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020 Luke 1:67-79 (KJV) by Nathan Dugger Laity of Valley Forge UMC Three Rivers District Focus Scripture   67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he ...

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January 28, 2020

January 28, 2020 Psalm 27:11-14, Isaiah 40:31 & Phil. 2:12-18 (NIV) by Debby Hearn Music Director and Certified Lay Speaker (formerly) of Signal Mountain UMC Scenic South District Focus Scripture 11 Teach me your way, Lord;     lead me in a straight ...

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January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020 Judges 6:11-24 (NRSV) by Susan Woods Laity of Keith Memorial UMC Hiwassee District Focus Scripture The Call of Gideon 11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his ...

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January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 (NRSV) by Kathy Waters LaFollette Clergy of Dutch Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District Focus Scripture   Triumphant Song of Confidence Of David. 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord...

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January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020 Luke 5:27-32 (NIV) by Alexandra Nelson-Tomlinson 3rd Year M.Div Student at Duke University, Certified Candidate Concord UMC Tennessee Valley District Focus Scripture   Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners 27 After this, Jesus went ...

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January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 Psalm 27:4-5 (CEB) by Renni P. Morris  Laity of First Farragut UMC Tennessee Valley District Focus Scripture   4 I have asked one thing from the LORD— it’s all I seek: to live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, seeing the ...

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January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020 Galatians 1:11-24 (NRSV) by Timothy Hankins Clergy of Oakland UMC Smoky Mountain District Focus Scripture Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship 11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by ...

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January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020 Psalm 40:10 (NIV) by Greta Smith Laity of Maryville First UMC Smoky Mountain District Focus Scripture   10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.  I do not conceal your love ...

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January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020 Psalm 40:16-17 (NRSV) by Natalie Justice  Pastor of Smyth County Circuit Clinch Mountain District Focus Scripture   16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is ...

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January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020 Acts 8:26-27 (NRSV) by Natalie Justice Pastor of Smyth County Circuit Clinch Mountain District Focus Scripture Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south[a] to the ...

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January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020 John 1:29-42 (NRSV) by Clayton Farmer Clergy of Rural Retreat UMC New River District Focus Scripture The Lamb of God 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the ...

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January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020 Psalm 40:1-11 (NRSV) by Paige Wimberly Clergy of Newbern-Mountain View Charge New River District Focus Scripture Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord;   ...

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January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020 Psalm 40:1-11 (NRSV) by Danielle Meyers Certified Lay Minister of Norwood UMC Tennessee Valley District Focus Scripture Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. 1 I waited patiently for the ...

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January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 Isaiah 22:15-25 (NIV) by Timothy Hankins Clergy of Oakland UMC Smoky Mountain District Focus Scripture 15 This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: “Go, say to this steward,     to Shebna the palace administrator: 16 What are ...

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January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020 Matthew 12:15-21 (NIV) by Steve Hopkins Pastor Kendricks Creek UMC Appalachian District Focus Scripture   God’s Chosen Servant 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ...

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January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 Psalm 89:5-18 (NRSV) by Jennifer Spieth Licensed Local Pastor / attending Asbury Theological Seminary Sunbright / Oakdale UMC Tennessee Valley District Focus Scripture   5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your ...

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January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020 Psalm 89:5-13 (NIV) by Tim Womac Laity Keith Memorial UMC Hiwassee District Focus Scripture 5 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,     your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. 6 For who in the skies above can ...

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January 12, 2020

January 12, 2020 James 1:19 & Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) by Debby Hearn Music Director / Certified Lay Speaker (formerly) Signal Mountain UMC Scenic South District Listening and Doing 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be ...

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January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020 Psalm 29 (NRSV) by Donna Camper Laity / Deaconess Candidate / Clinch Mountain UMW President 1st UMC Bristol, TN Clinch Mountain District Focus Scripture The Voice of God in a Great Storm A Psalm of David. 1 Ascribe to the Lord, O ...

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January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020 Acts 9:10-19a (NASB) by Eric Bronkala Clergy / Director of Chaplain Services Shannondale Retirement Communities Knoxville & Maryville, TN Focus Scripture 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him...

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