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Psalm 23 From A Different Perspective

by: Rich Vaughan

02/25/2021

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Yesterday my devotional was about the Psalms and the 900 years of Jewish history and theology they cover from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150. Today, I thought it might be fun to read the 23rd Psalm as it might relate to the workplace.  I couldn’t find the author of this piece but I thought it speaks to all of us, so here it is:

 

“The lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.

He gives me peace, when chaos is all ar...


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Voices From the Past

by: Rich Vaughan

02/24/2021

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The book of Psalms covers about 900 years of Jewish history and writings. There are at least 7 different authors beginning with Moses. King David is considered to have written 73 of the 150 psalms. The Psalms date from 1410 BC (Psalm 90) to the late 6th or 5th century BC.  (Psalm 126)

 Many people have a favorite Psalm. Of course the 23rd Psalm is a consistent favorite as is the 121st Psalm. Do you have a favor...


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TO HELP OR NOT TO HELP? – THAT IS THE QUESTION

by: Rich Vaughan

02/17/2021

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With apologies to William Shakespeare (see above sub-title), one of the more quietly stressful jobs for a Pastor and a church is when and how to help people (non-members) who turn to the church for financial aid when things are hard. It’s a situation that begins early in one’s ministry and does not end until one retires and does not serve a church. Even harder for a pastor and a church is how to respond to those that continue to return time after time to the...


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Love Comes in Many Ways

by: Rich Vaughan

02/10/2021

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I hit a “wall” early Monday morning after the Men’s Bible Study, and some church business, and even Tuesday I was still not up to my magnificent self. (Said with all the humility I could muster!) J So no devotions until now. Today my staff noticed that I seemed to have “returned” to my mischievous self and was back to my normal pace so here is a devotion for today.

 

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Now to all of ...


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Crosses, Christians & Christ

by: Rich Vaughan

02/04/2021

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I HAVE A COLLECTION OF CROSSES. Some are glass, some are stone, but most are wood. They come in all shapes and sizes. I even have a heart-shaped piece where the cross is in the middle of the heart. I have a rough handmade wooden cross made by a former church member. I have a wooden cross that I made for Debbie as a wedding gift, a long time ago. One of my crosses has the 23rd Psalm printed on it. I have a cross necklace that Debbie gave me, years ago, that I ...


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The Question

by: Rich Vaughan

02/03/2021

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The Gospel of Luke in the 10th chapter, in the 25th verse, poses THE QUESTION. Asked by a lawyer to Jesus the question goes, “Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (I wonder if the lawyer’s unspoken rule of thumb – don’t ever ask a question you do not know the answer to, applied here?) Jesus answers the lawyer’s question with a question. “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”...


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The Sound of Silence

by: Rich Vaughan

01/29/2021

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As you look at the title today for my devotion you might be thinking of the original “Sound of Silence“ song by Simon & Garfunkel that came out in the early 1960’s, or the 2015 renditi...


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Hebrew Words and The Church in the World

by: Rich Vaughan

01/27/2021

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It doesn’t take very long for a pastor or a lay person to realize that our Christian roots go deep into the Jewish religion. All the early Christians at the beginning of the Christian movemen...


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MI CULPA, MY BAD, I’M SORRY

by: Rich Vaughan

01/20/2021

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REV. RICH’S RITTINGS – JANUARY 20TH, 2021

MI CULPA, MY BAD, I’M SORRY

 I am feeling a little guilty this morning as I work on this devotional. Since the start of...


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Walk Like A Christian

by: Rich Vaughan

01/14/2021

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In 1963 a singing group known as “The Four Seasons” released a mega hit entitled, “Walk Like a Man.” In 1986 an all-female band called the “Bangles” released a mega hit entitled, “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Today this “seasoned pastor” wants to release a mega phrase to “walk like a Christian.” 

What does it mean to walk like a Christian? It means we walk in faith. It means we walk in love. I...


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REV RICH'S RITTINGS

by: Cindy Davidson

01/12/2021

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“THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER”

There is a poem by Lewis Carroll by the title that I listed above. In that poem is this verse that I just love and that has always stuck with me: “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages – and kings – and why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings.”

Well, the time has come to talk of...


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The Morning After

by: Cindy Davidson

01/08/2021

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Rev. Rich's Rittings - January 7

THE MORNING AFTER

I am having to adjust my devotional schedule some this year which I will discuss in a devotional next week. So let’s ponder what happened Wednesday in our Nation’s Capital. We can begin with the obvious truth that any patriotic American, whether they voted for Biden or Trump, were appalled at what occurred. I have purposely not said a...
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I Really Have No Clue What 2021 Holds!

by: Rich Vaughan

01/04/2021

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RICH’S RITTINGS – JANUARY 4TH, 2021

A NEW YEAR BEGINS

And just like that 2020 is gone and I doubt very many are sad to see it go. In fact, I wonder how many people stayed up to midnight to MAKE SURE that the year 2020 left! But, leave it did, and now here we are on the 4th day of a new year. 2021 sounds strange and it will, for a little while, until we get use to writing it and saying it. What does 2021 hold?  Nobo...


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Ring the Bells - One Week to Go!

by: Rich Vaughan

12/18/2020

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Christmas is in 7 days! Katie, our Administrative Assistant will be going on maternity leave starting Monday, December 21st so I have just come to realize that this will be MY LAST DEVOTIONAL until January 4th, 2021. So what Christmas thought do I want to leave all of us with as we “travel” these last days ‘til Christmas morning? Well, 2020 has certainly been a year that will not rank as anyone’s favorite as we look back ove...


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Songs, Stories, & Smiles

by: Rich Vaughan

12/17/2020

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Have you ever wondered about the history behind some of our beloved Christmas hymns? Behind almost every Christmas Hymn is a unique history and story. Some will amaze you. Some will touch you. I think all of them will help you see where God was in the words and the melody. For instance, take the song, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (In the UM Hymnbook #230), written by one of America’s most outstanding pastors in the mid-1800s, Phillips Brooks.

Dur...


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