Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

by Reverend Dan on November 30, 2022
MID-WEEK DEVOTIONAL 11/30/2022 Last week my jet-setting kids all came home to celebrate Thanksgiving with Sarah and I. Jarrod came in on Monday, Grace and Hannah and William came on Wednesday, and we celebrated an early “Thanksgiving dinner” that night at a local restaurant as they all had to be back on the road Thursday. As I sat at the table,...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

by Reverend Dan on November 23, 2022
Well, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that got me thinking. Remember the old slogan, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?” I wonder what would happen if instead of fighting culture so hard during the...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

by Reverend Dan on November 16, 2022
I had lunch recently with some of my own kind. Preachers. Talk about noisy; preachers sure do talk a lot. Eat a lot too. People were staring at us and rushing to make it to the buffet before us...
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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

by Reverend Dan on November 2, 2022
Come March of 2023, I’ll have been in pastoral ministry 25 years. During that time, I’ve had 11 interns. A ministry intern is someone who is exploring the possibility of going into ministry as a...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

by Reverend Dan on October 26, 2022
In a cemetery in England, one of the headstones gives the name, birthdate, and date of death of the person buried there. Under that information is his eulogy written in stone: “Not worth...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

by Reverend Dan on October 5, 2022
There’s an old saying that’s often misinterpreted: “hiding behind the cross.” If you ever hear this, it’s not a compliment. It doesn’t mean you’re resting in the shadow of His wings, or that the...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

by Reverend Dan on September 28, 2022
Every once in a while, the anointing of God falls on you in such a powerful way that you get a glimpse of heaven. In the midst of what has been a trying year, God has blessed me to spend the last...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

by Reverend Dan on September 22, 2022
“I have become all things to all men, so that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 Change is hard. There is comfort in tradition and a sense of security in the past. Cherished...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

by Reverend Dan on September 16, 2022
We live in a world of idols. The problem is, God says, “DON’T.” (See Commandments #1 AND #2.) Modern-day example: one of the most popular shows on TV for the last 20 years has the word “Idol” in...
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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

by Reverend Dan on September 7, 2022
I’ve been called “Reverend Dan” (along with a few other names) for the last twenty-five years. But after a quarter of a century, that title is one of the parts of being a pastor that I still...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 15, 2022
I’m frustrated. And confused. And angry. And sad. Sandy Hook . . . Virginia Tech . . . Parkland . . . Uvalde. We relive the same nightmare over and over and nothing ever changes. Lots of political...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 8, 2022
I had another devotional ready for this week but then someone shared this with me. It is from Paul Harvey, who for those who don’t remember had a radio broadcast five days a week at noon for many...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 1, 2022
One of the blogs for preachers I look forward to every week recently had an entry entitled, “The 6 Signs of a Really Bad Sermon.” My first thought was, “Dang – someone has hacked my sermon files.”...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 25, 2022
I find irony in the word freedom, for there is nothing “free” about it. In fact, nothing comes at a greater cost. Ask the family of anyone who has died for this country for the sake of our...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 18, 2022
Last week I wrote about some memories that were triggered by a photo an old friend had posted. That old friend was more than just a friend, however. He was one of the first musicians I ever looked...
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