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 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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April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021 Psalm 150 CEB Ralph Kidd Retired Elder Clinch River District Psalm 150 Praise God in his sanctuary!     Praise God in his fortress, the sky! 2 Praise God in his mighty acts!     Praise God as suits his incredible greatness! 3 Praise ...

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April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021 Luke 24: 36b-48 CEB Rev. Clair Sauer, Clergy Jones Memorial UMC, Chattanooga Scenic South District Luke 24: 36B-48 CEB Jesus appears to the disciples 36 While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “...

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April 17, 2021

April 17, 2021 Acts 3:1-10 (NRSV) Dell Gates Laity, Piney Flats UMC Three Rivers District Acts 3:1-10 Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar 3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a...

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April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021 Psalms 4 CEB Susan Groseclose Clergy, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Discipleship Smoky Mountain District   Psalms 4 CEB For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. 4 Answer me when I cry out, ...

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April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021 Daniel 9:1-19 Nancy M. Alley Laity, Prospect UMC Appalachian District Daniel 9:1-19 Daniel’s Prayer 9 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes[a] (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian[b] kingdom— 2 in the first ...

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April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 Mark 12:18-27 (NIV) Jim Hager Laity Piney Flats UMC Three Rivers District Mark 12:18-27 NIV Marriage at the Resurrection 18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “...

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April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021 Psalm 133 (NIV) Mark Hicks Clergy Mt. Zion UMC, Afton Mountain View District Psalm 133 NIV 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2  It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on ...

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