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A Devotion for April 4, 2014 – Galatians 5:22-25

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Beloved Community of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Galatians 5:22-25By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

It is hard to live in Memphis and not acknowledge the significance of this day, the day Dr. King was assassinated here in 1968. Our passages for this week have reflected on God’s unending presence in our lives and on the faith of both Jesus and people like Mary. If we live by our faith and begin to see all of those around us as valued children of our one God, then we have a chance to experience the beloved community of which Dr. King spoke and wrote about so many years ago.

Loving God, help us to see your face in all of the people we meet today and every day. Amen.

Have a Blessed Day is Now Available

Have a Blessed Day

I am proud to announce my latest book, Have a Blessed Day: A Year of Daily Devotions from the Church Health Center, is available for sale.  This book compiles 365 of my best Daily Devotions from the last three years.  To order Have a Blessed Day, visit the Church Health Center’s online store.

Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference 2011

If you are attending the Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference in Nashville this week, I hope you will stop by the Church Health Center booth and say hello. The CCHF is a wonderful organization based in Memphis, Tennesseee that supports Christian clinics across this country and encourages people of faith to ‘live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor.’ Visit their website at

Setting a New Table this Holiday Season

Church Health Reader is an online and print publication that provides resources for you and your church. Church Health Reader is a part of our outreach efforts at the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn. To learn more about Church Health Reader or to subscribe visit

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington in 1963

Public Domain. Additional source and credit info from the National Archives: Creator: U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. (ca. 1953 – ca. 1978) ( Most Recent)

Devotion for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – 1 John 4:7

Monday, January 17, 2011

1 John 4:7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the day when we would live in the beloved community. In Colossians 3:14 love is described as “the harmony which binds all.” As people of faith, I believe we are asked to act in ways that move us toward the realization of this dream of the beloved community.

Prayer: Loving God, help us as we work in numerous ways to create a beloved community at home and in the world. AMEN.

An Advent Devotional on Church Health Reader

If you are looking for an Advent devotional, you might consider one I wrote. It can be found here.

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