Posts with the tag “jake-stephens”

Is It Worth It?
by Devon McCoy on October 11th, 2021
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”John 17:3Across the countless religions, worldviews, and cultures found on planet earth, we all have, at minimum, one common interest. We all desperately want to live. We can’t get enough of it. But have you ever thought about the distinction between living and being alive? They aren’t necess...  Read More
Shalom
by Devon McCoy on August 31st, 2021
“Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22About this time last year, I became friends with the sweetest couple from Bangladesh. Now fast forward to this past weekend. I was hanging out with them, their one year old boy, and a few other friends, when all of a sudden they hand me a gift bag. Inside the bag was a miniature replica of Christ The Redeemer, the giant statue of Jesus with hi...  Read More
Choosing to Love
by Devon McCoy on June 25th, 2021
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15Do you believe in soul mates? Please don’t hate me for this, but I don’t. I promise I don’t hate love. I promise.There are a few reasons why I am the way that I am about this, but one of the biggest reasons is very simply because I believe it’s a choice to love. To love is to choose to love. Love is not just some bubbly feeling. It’s a choice. Whether ...  Read More
A Ministry of Reconciliation
by Devon McCoy on April 17th, 2021
“He has also set eternity in the human heart.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11If you knew me well you might label me as someone with “documentary energy”. To which, you would be right. Documentary films have always fascinated me. Over the years there have been several such films that have left an impression, but one specific scene stands alone in my memory. It was some kind of sports documentary that followed...  Read More
Falling at His Feet
by Devon McCoy on March 23rd, 2021
Fear. It’s a weird part of the human experience. Throughout the Bible, God says not to be afraid. God also says that we are to fear Him. This seems almost contradictory, doesn’t it? In Exodus 20, after God gives Moses the 10 commandments, Moses confusingly tells the Israelites, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning”. Did you ...  Read More
The Beauty of Giving
by Devon McCoy on January 27th, 2021
 I love flowers. I don’t know much about flowers, but I love them. A few weeks ago I said something similar while hanging out with my friend Subhan. We were in his apartment; a simple dwelling without much fuss. No photographs to be found or prints hanging on the walls, just a single vase sitting on his desk with a handful of artificial flowers inside. When I saw them I simply said, “I love those ...  Read More
He Knows My Name
by Devon McCoy on December 20th, 2020
“You know my name?”. That question from Gary, a rambunctious third grader at the after school program I helped at once a week, made up one of the most formative moments of my college experience. Gary was a trouble maker. Smaller than most of the kids his age, he tried to overcompensate with attention-seeking language and behavior. True to form, one day Gary was running around the basketball court ...  Read More
Generous and Undeserved Love
by Devon McCoy on November 20th, 2020
“This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:38-40 Have you ever noticed how strange your voice sounds when you hear it on a recording? It makes me cringe. I’ll hear it and think, “Is that really how I sound?”. In those moments I realize that maybe I’m not as self...  Read More
The Kingdom is in Your Midst
by Devon McCoy on October 21st, 2020
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” - Luke 6:45 “Can I share a story with you?”. These were the words spoken by a friend as we sat in a new and unfamiliar place. But in a strange way this place was all too familiar. “Once there was a great and wealthy father who had two sons.”. You can probably guess where my friend’s story was headed, but the Jordanian family sitting across from us ...  Read More
God's Vision
by Devon McCoy on September 7th, 2020
When I was growing up, sometimes my dad would go all day wearing his shirt inside out. He usually didn’t realize it until he came home and saw himself in the mirror or until my mom noticed and immediately began roasting him for it. Needless to say, he’s not a big fashion guy. I’m sure we can all relate to this at some level. Maybe you look in the mirror and realize you’ve had a piece of lettuce st...  Read More