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July 21, 2024
“Refresh – Claiming God’s Rest in a Stressful Culture” – Refreshed by Living Water

July 14, 2024 
“Refresh – Claiming God’s Rest in a Stressful Culture” – Compassion

July 7, 2024
“Refresh – Claiming God’s Rest in a Stressful Culture” – Friends

June 30, 2024 – Unavailable due to technical issues

June 23, 2024
“The Games of Life – Discovering Spiritual Lessons from Gaming” – The Game of Monopoly

June 16, 2024
“The Games of Life – Discovering Spiritual Lessons from Gaming”

June 9, 2024
“Pride” – Guest Preacher Matthew Lewellyn-Otten

June 2, 2024
“Women of Faith” – Miriam;  Celebrating high school graduates; recognizing Music Director Jan Boehm

May 26, 2024
“Women of Faith” – Huldah; the 2nd anniversary of moving into the new church building

May 19, 2024
Pentecost and Women of Faith – Sally Narr guest preacher

May 12, 2024
“Women of Faith” Part 2 – Ruth – Mother’s Day
Sound will be better on a phone than on a laptop

May 5, 2024
Camp Sunday – Video of the service isn’t available. Check out the website of Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center

April 28, 2024
“Women of Faith” part one; baptism of Elouise Ivy Joy

Daily Devotions

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Monday, July 22

Read Psalm 103   

Most of us wrestle with some form of anxiety. And though living without anxiety might not be completely possible, we can grow in letting go of anxiety. This week we have the opportunity to read Scriptures that can refresh us—to let go of anxiety.

These twenty-two verses of Psalm 103 are worth reading and re-reading. They describe the ways that God often works in our life.

God forgives; God heals; God redeems; God crowns us with steadfast love and mercy; God satisfies us with good as long as we live.  These descriptions of God come just from the first five verses. Read all twenty-two verses to receive an even more complete picture of God.

How does this help us with anxiety?

Knowing the many ways that God works in our life and helps us can help us let go of anxiety. Knowing the power and strength of God can convince us to let go of our concerns directly to God. God can handle what is causing us anxiety.

Just knowing that we have a place to go to let go of our anxieties is a source of strength.

It’s worth sharing the qualities of God that gives us comfort. Read through Psalm 103 again and share one quality of God that especially resonates with you. What quality of God listed in Psalm 103 gives you comfort? Please share.

Tuesday, July 23

Read Psalm 23:4-6

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” (Psalm 23:4a)

The two words, “Even though” are very important words for a healthy faith life. They communicate that it is inevitable we will go through hard times. In no place in the Bible do we read that we will never go through seasons of pain.

How does this help us with anxiety?

It helps because God is always present with us during these hard times. God is helping us, caring for us, leading us in the right paths. Though we wouldn’t choose these times, we don’t need to be anxious about them because God will help us. Sometimes God will even carry us through these times.

This help is very meaningful.

We needn’t be anxious about these times. God will help us through them.

Have you had your own “Even though” experience when you developed a special understanding of how God was helping you? Please share.

Wednesday, July 24

Read Philippians 4:6-7

These two verses are worth committing to memory.

“Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If you haven’t memorized these two verses, take some time today to work on memorizing them. Read them over and over and then try to say them from memory. Keep at that process, as your own repetition of saying them will secure the words in your memory.

These two verses share what happens when we train ourselves to let go of our anxieties. We experience a deep sense of peace—the peace that passes all understanding.

Letting go of anxieties is a matter of training. We can’t control whether we will be anxious, for anxiety is a feeling. But we can learn and train ourselves in what to do when we are feeling anxious.

To follow these words of Philippians we can let our requests be known to God. Try this prayer today – “Lord help me let go of [whatever is causing you anxiousness] to you. May I experience your deep peace.”

How could you imagine this prayer helping each of us to let go of anxiety? Please share.

 Thursday, July 25

Read Matthew 6:25-34 

In this passage Jesus communicated the value of worrying. There is no value in worrying! Jesus shared that we cannot add a single day to our life through worry.

Unfortunately, knowing that there is no value in worry does not mean we will not experience worry or anxiety.

But we can learn in these verses a message about where to put our focus. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33a)

Jesus was asking us to focus on God and the kingdom that God intends. Focus on God’s love; focus on the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

These are the qualities of the Kingdom. Focus on them.

How does this help us with anxiety?

Instead of focusing on what is causing us anxiety, we can focus on these eternal and long-lasting qualities of God. This reorientation of focus will give us a deep sense of strength.

Friday, July 26

Read Psalm 145:16-19

More words that can help us with anxiety.

“The Lord is near to all you call on him, to all who call on him in truth. [God] fulfills the desire of all who fear [God]; [God] also hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19

Just as we read about on Tuesday, God is very near to us. God is as close as the deepest longings of our spirit.

How does this help us with anxiety? It helps to know that God is very near to each of us.  Even if we think that we are confronting our problems by ourselves, we really are not. God is present and helping us—even when we can’t discern that God is close to us.

We know that we don’t have to respond to our own anxiety by ourselves. Even if we can’t discern God’s presence, God is helping us at these times.

When have you had a time when you had a sense of God helping you as you experienced anxiety? Please share.

 Saturday, July 27

Read Matthew 11:28-30

Pastor Paul often shares these words before the people of Chain of Lakes celebrate Communion.

The last seven words in verse 29 are especially powerful. “You will find rest for your souls.”

Finding rest for our souls can help us with anxiety as rest and anxiety are exactly the opposite. This rest is not just physical rest—it is spiritual rest. This rest fills us up; rest gives us comfort; rest gives us a sense of completeness.

What are some ways that you’ve experienced this type of rest for your soul? Please share. Your sharing can help others learn how to find rest for their souls.

Monday, July 15
Matthew 14:13-21
Feeding the Five Thousand

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”  And he said, “Bring them here to me.”  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Yesterday Pastor Paul shared a short sermon on caring for others. The foundation of care is compassion. When we share compassion with others we experience refreshment.

Jesus is always an example of compassion. He went out of his way to share compassion with others—especially for people who lived on the margins.

Jesus demonstrated compassion even when the events of life did not turn out like he wanted them to be. At the start of this famous story of the feeding of the 5,000, we read that the phrase, “Now when Jesus heard this …” (Matthew 14:13a).

What Jesus had heard was the terrible death of John the Baptist. The way that John was killed was not just and not right. It demonstrated the ugliness that happened in the world.

Jesus got in a boat to get away to process this terrible news. But a large crowd of people wanted to be with Jesus. They followed him. Even though Jesus wanted to be by himself, when he looked at the crowd he had compassion for them.

The English word, “compassion” comes from the Greek word splancha. It literally means guts. It’s as if the insides of Jesus went out to the crowd.

We would have understood if Jesus had told the crowd to go away. He had wanted to spend time by himself to process this horrible injustice.

What do you do to keep your heart full of compassion even when the events of the world might lead you to an opposite response? Please share.


Tuesday, July 16
Genesis 43:26-34
When Joseph came home, they brought him the present that they had carried into the house and bowed to the ground before him. He inquired about their welfare and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and did obeisance. Then he looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you, my son!” With that, Joseph hurried out, because he was overcome with affection for his brother, and he was about to weep. So he went into a private room and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out, and controlling himself he said, “Serve the meal.” They served him by himself and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. When they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, the men looked at one another in amazement. Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank and were merry with him.


Compassion is not an emotion that only happens in the New Testament. In this story we read about the compassion that Joseph had for his brother, Benjamin. At this point in the story Joseph was a leader in Egypt. His brothers did not know that the person to whom they were talking was their half-brother, Joseph.

Joseph had been treated very poorly by his brothers. His brothers were jealous of him and sold him to a traveling band of people. Joseph was deprived of a relationship with his brothers because of the actions of his brothers.

Despite this he still had affection for them, and especially affection for Benjamin. In verse 30 we read that Joseph was overcome with affection for his brother. The Hebrew word that is translated as affection could also be translated as compassion.

When we live with compassion, we don’t only experience and share this with people we love. Sometimes we are called to share compassion with people who have hurt us or people we don’t like.

Do you have a story of sharing compassion with someone who you didn’t especially appreciate? Please share.

Wednesday, July 17
Exodus 33:12-23, 34:6-7

Moses’s Intercession

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, please show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider, too, that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have asked, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord,’ and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one shall see me and live.”  And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

 Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed,

“The Lord, the Lord,

a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger,

and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,

keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,

yet by no means clearing the guilty,

but visiting the iniquity of the parents

upon the children

and the children’s children

to the third and the fourth generation.”

Moses wanted to see God. Moses had spent a lot of time with God and had led the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses had gone to Mount Sinai and received the tablets that we know of as the 10 Commandments. But when Moses came down from the mountain the people had turned away. He had many questions about God.

Moses wanted to know the ways of the divine. God told Moses that Moses had found favor in God’s sight.

God did reveal God’s self to Moses.

We see this in the sixth and seventh verses of Exodus 34. The first description of God is merciful.

This is similar to compassion. God is compassionate.

When God was describing God’s self, the first attribute was merciful. If you made a listing of ten attributes of God, what would be at the top of the list?

Please share.


Thursday, July 18
Psalm 103:6-14

The Lord works vindication

    and justice for all who are oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,

    his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He will not always accuse,

    nor will he keep his anger forever.

He does not deal with us according to our sins

    nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

    so far he removes our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion for his children,

    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

For he knows how we were made;

    he remembers that we are dust.


Many of the Psalms have terrific descriptions of the character of God. The first three verses of this Psalm are almost identical in the description that we read yesterday in Exodus.

They are worth reading over and over and even memorizing.

“The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Psalm 103:6-8

A synonym for merciful is compassionate.

The compassion we share with others is a quality that comes directly from God. When we live with compassion we are sharing a divine quality with others.

What are your thoughts about this description of God? Please share.


Friday, July 19
Luke 10:25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.”  And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

 But wanting to vindicate himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and took off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came upon him, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 The story of the Good Samaritan is more than a story of doing a good deed. It is a story of compassion.

Jesus told this story as an illustration of his command to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Thinking that a Jew would help a Samaritan was quite radical. Even though Jews and Samaritans came from the same historical tradition, they had diverged. At a minimum they were distrustful of each other. Some Jews and Samaritans hated each other.

When a person was hearing this story they never would have thought that a Jew would stop to help a Samaritan.

The translation of the feeling that the Jew had for the Samaritan was not quite right. He didn’t feel pity, he felt compassion. It’s as if his guts were moved when he saw the suffering of the man. His heart went out to him.

How often do you find your heart being touched and going out to someone who was suffering?

Please share.


Saturday, July 20
Colossians 3:12-17

Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


The writer of Colossians was telling the people who read this letter the attributes that were important for a follower or disciple of Jesus. The first one is compassion.

As God’s chosen we are called to clothe ourselves with compassion.

Some people are born with compassion; for others compassion is not natural, but it still can be cultivated.

At one extent do you believe compassion is natural to you? On a scale of 1-10 with ten being the highest, what would your number be? Please share.

Pastor Paul shared last Sunday that compassion can be cultivated. Through our spiritual practices we can grow in compassion. What practices—spiritual or not—help you to cultivate compassion? Please share.


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Community Gardens

Very big pumpkin grown in the Chain of Lakes Community Garden by Jeremy Feuks. 10/7/2021
Chain of Lakes Church is excited to offer a Community Garden Ministry next to the new church building at 2650 125th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449. It’s just east of  Malmborg’s Garden Center on 125th Ave NE in Blaine or .8 miles east of Radisson Rd on 125th Ave NE, Blaine.
The garden is open to the wider community, not just people who attend Chain of Lakes.
Contact the office for information at 763.465.8585 or
If you are interested in a garden plot complete this form:
Community Garden Plot Application 2024 – Chain of Lakes
Please print and complete the application, and up until May 22, mail to:
Chain of Lakes Church
2650 125th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449

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