Posts by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

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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 […]

Friday, September 22nd

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, I was doing one of my stoplight devotionals this morning—that is when I read one of the scriptures I’ve printed on an index card that I keep in my car’s cup holder; yes, while at a stoplight. Anyway, today’s scripture was Psalm 24. The entire psalm is shared below but it’s first […]

Friday, September 8th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, This Saturday at 2pm we are celebrating and blessing the 100th house with River Valley Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome to attend this short ceremony; details and directions are at the bottom of this e-votional. Our congregation was honored to sponsor this house, just as we sponsored the very first Habitat […]