Posts by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

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Friday, March 30th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Many times I have been asked, “Do you worry about hell?” Or, put another way, people ask me, “Are you afraid of God’s judgment?” It would be the height of ego to claim to fully know the will of God but, I must share with you what I share when asked this […]

Friday, February 16th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, As we struggle with the reality of the school shooting this week we are grateful for our faith’s rich history of lament. “How long, O Lord?” cry the psalms and we join their voices. Since I heard the news I have been thinking about how our Lord knew something about the deaths […]

Friday, January 19th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Prophets, by their very nature, come from the fringe of society. I heard a prophet preach a few months ago when singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard growled the lyrics, “And the days that I keep my gratitude Higher than my expectations Well, I have really good days.” (Mother Blues) This message was squeezed […]

Friday, January 12th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, The prayer we here at First Presbyterian are praying for 2018 comes from Psalm 8. The entire text of the psalm can be found at the end of this devotional but, for today, I would like to focus on the phrase, “Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded […]

Friday, December 15th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, We have talked a little bit about Joseph’s role in the Christmas story and he has been on my mind a fair amount lately so here are some further thoughts about the man we often put at the back of the stable. At the end of the e-votional I have included a […]

Friday, November 17th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, The time is upon us when we may be getting busy. Take a moment sometime this week and read the scripture below. My prayer is that this week you will be filled with gratitude and thankfulness. And, not only this week, but in the weeks to come as well. Filling our hearts […]

Friday, October 27th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Each week I lead a short chapel service for the 3, 4 and 5 year olds at the preschool. We sing and pray and I tell them a Bible story. This fall I have been teaching them about Paul and I have shared a new Paul “adventure” each week. This week I […]

Friday, October 13th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, Our intrepid travelers return from India on Tuesday. I know we are all looking forward to hearing from them about the Bible College we support there. On a personal note, I am looking forward to getting my dishwasher back (Phil’s official job in our house). The day he, Shirley and Lucy left, the […]

Friday, October 6th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, The latest update from Phil, Lucy and Shirley is that all have made it to Thiruvananthapuram, India, safely (say that three times fast!). They have already participated in a retreat along with students from the Bible College our church supports. Beginning Monday, all three of them will be teaching classes at the […]

Friday, September 29th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, I don’t know if you have ever noticed that Phil and I often begin these devotionals by calling all of us relatives. (Notice how I began this very email with “Dear Church family”?) There is a reason for that. God is called by many names in scripture—Lord, Holy One, King—and God is […]