Devotional

Devotions for these times: “Looking at the Bright Side”

Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Philippians 4:4-9 It is hard to keep a positive attitude in these stressful times. With all that we have had to give up, reschedule and do without, the negative looms large. The Apostle Paul has a word for us. His […]

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Devotions for these times: “Living in the Shelter”

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 91 These are trying times. Two months ago, “social distancing,” “sheltering in place” and wearing masks were novel phrases and ideas. Now they are part of our daily lives. Fear abounds, and many are having trouble navigating this new environment. When […]

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Devotions for these times: “Joy comes with the morning”

Staff blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 30 We have often heard it said, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Mother Theresa is reported to have said, “I know God will not give me more than I can handle. I just wish God […]

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Devotions for these times: “How long, O Lord? How long?”

Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 13 During this time of “sheltering in place” and quarantine, have you found yourself living the five stages of grief that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and others say we all experience when we face loss? First, there is denial. When I […]

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Devotions for these times: Hold on to hope!

Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach This week’s devotion is based on an excerpt from a book by the popular Texas author and pastor, James W. Moore, who was Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week several summers in the past. His book is entitled Lord, Give Me Patience!… […]

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Devotions for These Times: Our Easter Assurance

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Mark 16:1-7 The Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels, but each tells the story differently. It’s like learning about the contemporary crisis via Fox News, CNN, NBC and ABC. Each tells the story with a slightly different […]

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua When the Babylonians attacked Jerusalem in 586 B.C., they took as prisoners most of the inhabitants of the city. These unfortunate folks were exiled to Babylon where they were forced to live for several years. Because one of the Jewish traditions was to […]

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua The year was 1633. The place was Oberammergau, Germany. Europe was in the midst of the Thirty Years War, which would result in over eight million deaths, a little over a tenth of the continent’s population. One of the lethal outcomes of the […]

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua The Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity.  The crisis in which we find ourselves has definite elements of danger. The chance of contacting the coronavirus is real and concerning for all of us. The economic […]

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Day 5: Cana

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Wednesday, Feb. 14 local time. We began the morning with the story of the wedding at Cana. We walked down a narrow street that was lined with fresh fruit markets and saw the church that remembers the […]

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