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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

St. John's Episcopal Church, McLean, VA
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christian
affiliated institutions
Anglican Church
Episcopal Church
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Eucharistic Minister
09/19/2018

When the Unexpected Requires Risk

Following Jesus with all of our hearts requires being willing to do the unexpected, to stretch and to allow God to do the improbable, the out-of-th...
09/18/2018

He Is the Friend of Sinners

Are you trying to do it all on your own? Have you said “thank You, Jesus, for saving me. Now I’ll take the driver’s seat”? Anytime we do that, we’r...
09/17/2018

God On the Other Side of a Shipwreck

If you’ve survived a shipwreck in your life — an unwanted divorce, the death of someone dear, the end of a career, any profound loss — you’ve likel...
09/16/2018

Devotions from the Lake and the Mountains: Friendship

One of the greatest gifts we have been given as believers is friends to do life with, grow together with, enjoy, strengthen one another, and spur e...
09/15/2018

When You Believe in God But Are Ashamed of Your Past

If you are living with a secret shame, God can do a similar miracle for you. And when He does, we can be even better than new! Once a broken bone h...
09/15/2018

Focus on Jesus and Don’t Look Down

What are the areas of your life that, like Peter, you may lose focus on Jesus and look down? Without any condemnation, honestly answer where you ar...
09/14/2018

Celebrate to Sustain Your Joy

Every single Christian is going to go through a season when it all falls apart. Relationships explode, a church splits, jobs get downsized, kids le...
09/14/2018

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once

Which reads are you most excited for this season? What books are you reading right now?
09/13/2018

Choose Your Words Wisely

Wise people choose their words carefully. We’ve all had words flung at us that stung and stuck. As believers with the Holy Spirit inside of us, we ...
09/12/2018

The Hard Way Made Easy

The hard way will always be tough; there are no shortcuts. But it’s made just a bit easier when we stop to remember that God never fails, that all ...
09/11/2018

Messy Endings

If your story is messy, you are not alone. If you have to (get to) lean harder on Jesus for strength, comfort, direction, and help seemingly than t...
09/10/2018

The Bible According to Jesus: Fully Filled

The New Testament is the new covenant. The Old was fulfilled by Jesus in its entirety. It’s a done deal. Finished. Complete
09/08/2018

Stamped with God’s Image

Isn’t it time we grew up? We were made to live a life that says, “Look at God!” People are to look at us and see not us but the image of our Maker....
09/08/2018

Speaking Sweetly in the Sorrow

Sorrow has a way of brushing away the “fluff” from our communication with God. All the externals that seem so important on an average day are wiped...
09/07/2018

Let God Be God

“Help Wanted” is the attitude of heart of prayer. Today, let’s pray that the Lord would spark a fire in our hearts for prayer that we would go dire...
09/06/2018

Foals With Potential

Your spiritual impact on another person cannot be measured here on earth. Only in eternity will we know the ripple effect of our lives on others. N...
09/05/2018

The God Baby

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Lu...
09/04/2018

Why, When, and How Should We Pray?

Prayer is pressing into relationship with God, focusing on Him more, adoring Him, thanking Him, asking for our needs, and learning His rhythms that...
09/03/2018

Why I Stopped Saying ‘I Will Pray For You’

Pray Now! That would make a great note to stick on the fridge, or car dashboard, or desk. When we hear that prayer is needed, let’s not respond, “I...
09/02/2018

Prayer: Do You Want to Know God?

Is prayer important to you? How often do you pray? Approximately how long? Do you find prayer satisfying? Do you sense the presence of God when you...
"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 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.

Peter Hovis shared Raymond Hundley's post AN OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP FROM AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN

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