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Who I am...can be summed up in the following: "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude--innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, 'In Isaac your seed shall be called, ' accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense' " (Hebrews 11:8-19). IDEA: The people of faith are not without flaws. PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that those whom God works with are at best very imperfect people.

places of worship

Church of Saint Clements, Alexandria, VA
religious affiliation
affiliated institutions
Anglican Church
Episcopal Church
title & honorific
Eucharistic Minister

Giving Thanks for Answered Prayers and Blessings

Is your instant reflex thanksgiving when prayers are answered? What are you thankful to God for? How has He answered your prayers? Thank Him today!

Permission to Lament

May our laments open our eyes to show us that God’s thoughts toward us are good, His love toward us is great, and He blesses us and draws near us e...

Even When You Don’t Feel Near to God

Rather than asking God to be near, ask Him to give you eyes to see Him. Rather than asking what you can do to make God come closer, maybe just ask ...

Silver Dollar Treasures

Ask yourself where your treasure is. What is the focus of your heart? Are you living whole-hearted for Jesus?

More Than Enough

Through Jesus, you have the ultimate victory over behaviors, attitudes, addictions, and sins that would hold you down.

Us Against the World: Faith

When Jesus is at the center, worry turns into worship. He is in control and He has a great plan even when imperfect things happen and even when the...

See the Seahorse

God’s indescribable Creation is on display every day showing us not only how ingenious He is but also teaching us so many lessons about His charact...

Veteran’s Day: If My People…

Today in the USA, it’s Veterans Day, a day to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of our veterans. It began as Armistice Day to mark the anniversar...

Sacrificial Love

What sacrifices have you made to show God your great love for Him? What opportunity do you have to show your heavenly Father that you love Him? Put...

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Between Two Gardens

That dissatisfied feeling is right. The discontentment that nags at you is correct. The disappointment is justified because it’s not supposed to be...

Who Was in the Manger on That First Christmas Morning?

The Case for Christmas seeks to get to the bottom of this matter by retracing and expanding upon my original investigation into the roots of this c...

The Entitlement Cure

Stand against entitlement in every form in which it manifests itself. Resolve your own tendencies toward the disease. Be a loving and firm force fo...

Own Your Choice

You get to choose! God leaves who you want to marry up to you. Isn’t that so kind of Him? He wants you to find someone you choose not just to stay ...

The Story of Judah and His Terrible Brothers

God can redeem even the most terrible of families. He can redeem even the most terrible of circumstances. What others have meant for evil, God mean...

Quit Carrying Your Sin Around

What slab of shame are you carrying around? Is it heavy yet? Are you weary and burdened? Why not take it to Jesus and lay it down today? Why not co...

Live Small

In this self-absorbed, narcissistic world, we Christians are called to the absolute opposite. We’re called to be lowly. Humble. Small. Downwardly m...

The Hope of Jesus

Sometimes as the holiday season approaches, people struggle with hope. The economy, difficult family relationships, a broken heart, struggles in ou...

I Declare War on My Mouth

If Jesus is the Lord of your life, He must be the Lord of your lips too.

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

It’s November! The month of thankfulness! Before we move straight to Christmas planning, shopping, wrapping, and celebrating, let’s remember every ...

Did the Devil Really Make Me Do It?

We should not be surprised when temptation comes our way. It is, after all, “common to man.” But Christ Himself is our way of escape. And one thing...
"Our responsibility is to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. Since the Lord has promised to guide us, we have nothing to fear if we’re ..." read more
"What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there’s no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seem to be no solut..." read more
"pray for the Phillippines - as Typhoon Maysak is headed for thePhillippines" read more
"“Holy Week” is the name given to identify the final days leading to Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. As Holy Week unfolds, a large cas..." read more
"This passage is in the middle of Jesus teaching that He is the good shepherd. Shepherds in that day would build makeshift pens for the sheep to sle..." read more
"The apostle Paul begins this letter to his "beloved son" with a prayer for grace, mercy and peace in his behalf. Thankful to God for the unceasing ..." read more

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post I Declare War on My Mouth

If Jesus is the Lord of your life, He must be the Lord of your lips too.

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post On Comparison: Skipping Relevant Stones

It’s real to say that we can have our own stones that have nothing to do with us and everything to do with Jesus.

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post One Bright Beacon Light of Hope

Worry can loom so large, can’t it? It can darken our days and fill our stomachs and minds until they’re twisted in knots. That’s not the way our good Father wants us to liv... view more

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post Breath of God

Examine our words before speaking them to make sure they follow the example set for us in the Bible.

Peter Hovis shared Chloe Sharples's post Saint Patrick: 5 Things to Know About the Man, the Myth, and the Legend

Here’s a little refresher course in what St. Patty’s Day is all about and some fun facts about the man who inspired it all.

Peter Hovis shared Cary W's comment

If we suffer any disease, discord, disharmony, then we must look first to our own thoughts and perceptions, then examine the fruits of those in our family and intimate conn... view more

Peter Hovis shared National Geographic's post THE STORY OF GOD with Morgan Freeman is back!

The Sophomore Season From Executive Producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment Will Premiere Monday, Jan. 16, at 9/8c on Nationa... view more

Peter Hovis shared Rachel Barach's post What’s Technology Really Doing to the Bible?

Three reasons Bible engagement is down — and three ways we can change that.

Peter Hovis shared Joris Heise's post Jesus Overcomes His Prejudice

commentary on the humanity of Jesus.

Peter Hovis shared Dena Johnson's post I Can't Handle It!

Have you ever been completely overwhelmed? Wondered how you could ever keep going? Asked God why He was giving you more than you can handle? Thrown your hands up and exclai... view more

Peter Hovis shared norma p's post Jerusalem - Connecting Link

Capital of the Three Faiths which began there: Judaism - Christianity - Islam

Peter Hovis shared Deacon William Gallerizzo's post The Christian Vision

Christ tells us that our vision as Christians must include the other person. We are not on the journey alone.

Peter Hovis shared Joris Heise's post Faith Means Letting God Do His thing

A commentary on the meaning of faith--when the disciples cannot cure a lunatic.


This open letter to Donald Trump summarizes the views of many evangelical Christians regarding Donald Trump's candidacy for the presidency. It highlights areas of agreemen... view more

Peter Hovis shared Cary W's post God's Confirmation -2 Chronicles 7:11-22

"If my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll li... view more

Peter Hovis shared Sarah Mangum's post 10 Facts You Should Know About American Baptists

The following facts are representative of the tradition and practice of American Baptists.

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post Valuing the Marginalized as Jesus Did

In the economy of God, our value is priceless.

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post AMID SEASONS, A DEEP-ROOTED LIFE

From Scripture’s first pages until the final word, we find God creating and redeeming. Genesis gets right to it, showing God coaxing newness and life out of death and chaos... view more

Peter Hovis shared Shawn Bose's post Sermon from Sunday, January 11, 2015

Genesis 1:1 – 5 Baptism of our Lord Psalm 29 Rural Retreat Parish Acts 19:1 – 7 Mark 1:4 – 11

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's post Worry Is Worthless

The promise of God is that He will not allow His children to beg for bread. He will care for our needs and that’s the promise you can claim. Since He took care of our great... view more

Peter Hovis shared Tom Goodman's post What Does It Mean to "Remain" In Jesus?

Jesus expected us to "abide" in him; a reader asks how to do this

Peter Hovis shared Peter Hovis's profile

Who I am...can be summed up in the following: "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And h... view more

Peter Hovis shared post Romans Chapter 6, King James Version

King James Version: Romans Chapter 6