How Much Longer?

How Much Longer? In the summer of 2018 I was going into my senior year of college studying Christian Ministry and Formation. A requirement for my graduation was that I complete a certain number of internship hours, and that summer I was fulfilling those hours by working for a non-profit called Next Step Ministries. We […]

Factoring in Fear

Factoring in Fear One of my favorite Psalms of all time is Psalm 46. Verses one through three read: 1 God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the […]

Life is a Beautiful Vapor

Life is a Beautiful Vapor Yesterday was one of those perfect, sunny with a high of 75, kind of days, and I was determined to enjoy the sunshine even if it was raining pollen.  So, I decided to ride my bike out to Hollywood Cemetery. Which is enormous by the way.  Like, wow… And as […]

Shaking Off Shame

Shaking Off Shame There are a lot of things in our lives that might cause us to feel shame, and a lot of this depends on who you are. How you were raised, where you were raised, how old you are, etc… Shame plagues everyone in some shape or form. Whether it’s because of your […]

God’s Upside Down Kingdom

God’s Upside Down Kingdom A lot of Jesus’ teaching in the New Testament Scripture seems to be a little bit backwards. Topsy-turvy.  Upside down. I think Jesus was a pretty big fan of turning things on their head in a way that always made people scratch their own like, “what is this dude talking about??” […]

The waters saw You and writhed

The waters saw You and writhed Authored by Hayden Workman Psalm 77 1 I cried out to God for help;       I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;       at night I stretched out untiring hands,       and I would not be comforted. 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; […]

You are Welcome at this Table

You are Welcome at this Table I graduated from a small private Christian school in a small town in Siloam Springs Arkansas. There are a lot of different kinds of people that choose to go to school there, and yes, most of them are Christians, but there’s still a very wide range of beliefs and […]

Practicing the Presence of God

Practicing the Presence of God I recently began reading a very small, very thin book called The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. A Frenchman, born in the year 1611, the man later to be known as Brother Lawrence divulges his spiritual wisdom through four conversations and sixteen letters. These conversations are […]

Being the Church in a Time of Crisis

Welcome to the Community West Daily Devotional! This is a new blog style daily devotional that we are so excited about launching!  Our hope is that it will be a source of encouragement and hope in these troubling times, and that it will also facilitate community and good conversations.  These blogs will be supervised and […]