Posts with the tag “love”

There is a Friend who Sticks Closer than a Brother
by Devon McCoy on October 4th, 2021
This past weekend I attended my best friend’s wedding, and although I am not normally an emotional guy, I spent much of the ceremony crying my eyes out! I cried because of how much I love Jonathan and his now wife, Alison. More importantly, I cried because I was so moved by God’s faithfulness in our lives. Jonathan and I were not always best friends, and if it were not for the voice of God, I don’...  Read More
Confidence in the Covenant
by Devon McCoy on September 22nd, 2021
“‘Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the Earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing with you will never be broken,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” - Isaiah 54:9-10What does it mean to live in t...  Read More
An Active, Living, and Loving God
by Devon McCoy on September 7th, 2021
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” - John 3:16-17As Christians and Americans, most of us know John 3:16. Less people know verse 17. I remember the first time I kept reading and got to t...  Read More
Feeling WITH God
by Devon McCoy on September 7th, 2021
"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." - 1 John 4:16 NIV“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." - 1 John 4:16 ESVGod’s love is so hard to try and comprehend. It is so deep and wide and endless and full of every...  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
Conviction with Love and Grace
by Devon McCoy on August 25th, 2021
“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?John 14:7-9Throughout the Gospels, God is revealed in ...  Read More
What is Love?
by Devon McCoy on March 30th, 2021
What is love? Is it a feeling? Words? Actions? Does it vary from person to person or is there a universal definition of how to love? These are some things that are love to me, this list is by no means exhaustive. Spending hours on FaceTime in the midst of the largest civil rights movement in the world because you know they’re not okay,Knowing their coffee order when it changes every other week,Get...  Read More
A Loving Voice
by Devon McCoy on March 20th, 2021
I don’t doubt that God speaks. I don’t doubt that God speaks to me. I doubt that He speaks kindly. Ultimately, I doubt that He speaks in love. As a practice, I want to go through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. I want to cast light on doubt’s shadows. I invite you to pray and process through this passage with me. We understand from 1 John 4:8 that God is love. Therefore, His character is all of these things...  Read More
Open Hearts, Open Hands
by Devon McCoy on February 19th, 2021
My Papa died from heart failure this time last year. His death was painful, leaving an empty void in our lives: the absence of a husband for Grammy, a father for my mom, and a spiritual role model for me. Growing up, he was the man I looked up to for my faith. After leading my dad to Jesus, Papa became the rock for my family's biblical knowledge. When my family stopped going to church, and no one ...  Read More
Reframing Perfection
by Devon McCoy on February 15th, 2021
I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear Jesus described as “perfect,” I feel some kind of yucky feelings arise in me. It makes my failure feel closer. It makes me want to quit trying and it makes it that much easier to accept defeat when the word “perfect” is applied to anyone...because that’s just so far from my reality. And I’ve also heard this: perfection is boring. But no matter your prior...  Read More
Investing in Others
by Devon McCoy on February 1st, 2021
One of the most groundbreaking talks that I heard at Wesley happened during my third year as a student. I listened to Blake Wiggins give a talk on honor. When I tell you this talk wrecked me, it destroyed me as a twenty year old that had no idea how to take what I was naturally good at and steward it.  Blake described honor by indicating that essentially everyone has some image of God they were me...  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 Law Hangs on Love
by Devon McCoy on November 18th, 2020
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 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: 38-40An important understanding to have when you read this scripture is that “your neighbor” goes beyond just the couple of people...  Read More
His Pursuit of You Begins with Love
by Devon McCoy on November 16th, 2020
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 22:36-40These are the words of Jesus as to...  Read More
Jesus, My Love
by Devon McCoy on November 9th, 2020
I can remember the conversation almost like it happened yesterday.  “God is our Father, right?” “Yes,” my youth pastor answered after a Sunday morning service, a little hurried. “He’s also our Friend, right?” I wasn’t relenting. Though I knew he was busy, I finally built up enough courage to ask what I really wanted to ask.“Yes,” he paused and looked at me, giving me his full attention. I think he...  Read More
Father of Compassion
by Devon McCoy on September 23rd, 2020
The bite in the air this past week filled me with dread. My favorite season is coming to a close, and fall has officially made its arrival.I realize I am not in good company in my displeasure about the changing seasons. My roommates are filled with excitement, and between the cinnamon broom that appeared in the living room and the loaves of pumpkin bread already filling the oven, our home could do...  Read More
Love is Returning
by Devon McCoy on September 21st, 2020
Every Tuesday morning, Wesley’s staff gathers to pray over what we feel like God is doing in the ministry, the campus, and the world at large. At our first 7:30 Prayer in August, the first one we’d had since March, I sat for a moment and asked God what His heart behind this year was, what He wanted to do. And I saw the phrase “love is returning” appear in my mind’s eye. Like a neon sign flashing o...  Read More
Come Into His Presence
by Devon McCoy on September 18th, 2020
This week, we are harkening back to our past. The blogs this week have been written by past directors who are a part of Wesley’s rich history partnering with God.  Even now, we have opportunity to step into more of what God was doing then. We are “re-digging the wells of our fathers” (Genesis 26:18).Re-digging Wells of ChristlikenessMy own journey towards becoming more like Jesus has come primaril...  Read More
I Choose Peace
by Devon McCoy on September 2nd, 2020
I have been really into World War II documentaries recently. I think I find some comfort in the perspective it brings. What is war but pure division on display? What pain are people capable of enduring? What resilience is possible?These questions help me process our current world at war, our current national divide. It helps me wrestle with the concept of unity, especially in the body of Christ. W...  Read More