Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together
SHARING STORIES AND EXPLORING SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

Casey Cross holding a box

When Is a Box Not a Box?

Pay attention to how you think about God. Are you putting God in a box? Are you thinking God is just one thing? This box will show you how God is so much more expansive and connected to so much more than we can imagine. (video Devotion)

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remember and grieve together

Remember and Grieve Together

We inhabit a world where life plus the pandemic have given us much to grieve. Simultaneously, that same pandemic has robbed us of access to many of the opportunities we, historically, have leaned into during times of sorrow. On September 29th, Trinity Lutheran held a “grief evening”. There was time in the sanctuary for individual

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campfire

A Place of Joy and Peace

At Luther Heights Bible Camp this season we ended our fall retreat season a bit early. On Labor Day we were asked to evacuate camp due to the Jakes Gulch fire. Thankfully, our guests were all off site when we received the phone call from the forest service and staff were heading out as well.

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woman knitting

Being a Comfort

Early in my ministry—in fact, during my internship year—one of my responsibilities was calling on the “shut-ins” of our congregation who found it difficult to get out of their homes because of age, medical condition or other incapacities. I was very nervous and unsure of myself during the early days of this pastoral responsibility. I

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looking up at sky and tall buildings

Perspective Changing and Changing Again

I pulled a tendon in my right ankle doing yard work. I stepped away from the bush I was trimming, and my foot got caught between the edge of a concrete landscaping border and the grass. That stepping away immediately changed my perspective. I knew something was wrong when I couldn’t put weight on the

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woman bringing groceries

“Good Tired”

The Gospel assigned for this week is from Mark 10:17-31, and is one of those texts where each verse might be the topic of a complete sermon. I am going after a single portion of verse twenty-seven. This text group is often called “The Rich Young Man”. It is a conversation with a wealthy person

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Bible study

Sunday Morning Worship Came Alive!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet  and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) In 2014 I began a pastorate at a church in San Mateo, CA. The church had two years in between their called pastors. As I began my ministry there I realized that they had not had a Bible Study

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gardening under a tarp

Garden Love Song

Although I’ve done it for many years now, seeing the first seeds push through the soil each spring fills me with amazement, joy, and hope. It is a reminder to me of God’s love of life and the tiny miracles that take place every day.

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man spotting bench-presser

Spotters

Years ago, a fellow whom I visited in a VA hospital told me this story. He, (we’ll call him “Bruce”), was at the gym observing a power lifter, (we’ll call him “James”), who was bench-pressing more than 350 pounds. For those who are wondering what bench-pressing is, it’s a form of exercise where the lifter

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sunset over blue mountains

Being a Blessing

For me, the most difficult thing about writing a devotion or a reflection is coming up with the topic. As soon as I turn in my writing and photo, my usual pattern is to determine the theme for the next TVPrays. Then I let the theme roll around in my mind before typing the first

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students discussion

Teachable Moments on Steroids

(Jesus and his disciples) went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”

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Sawtooth Mountains

Streams of Glory on Dusty Trails

““But,” the LORD said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the LORD said, “Behold, 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

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serving hands

Called to Action

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where

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Boise

What Happened After Chicago…

I never thought I would be raising chickens, turkeys and sheep within 6 years of graduating from seminary. I think I maybe anticipated gardening at the most. During seminary in Chicago, there was a high emphasis on ministry in urban settings. It made sense at the time as we strove to practice building community where

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woman in group prayer

Think About Such Things

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is

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Casey Cross holding a box

When Is a Box Not a Box?

Pay attention to how you think about God. Are you putting God in a box? Are you thinking God is just one thing? This box will show you how God is so much more expansive and connected to so much more than we can imagine. (video Devotion)

Read More »
remember and grieve together

Remember and Grieve Together

We inhabit a world where life plus the pandemic have given us much to grieve. Simultaneously, that same pandemic has robbed us of access to

Read More »
campfire

A Place of Joy and Peace

At Luther Heights Bible Camp this season we ended our fall retreat season a bit early. On Labor Day we were asked to evacuate camp

Read More »
woman knitting

Being a Comfort

Early in my ministry—in fact, during my internship year—one of my responsibilities was calling on the “shut-ins” of our congregation who found it difficult to

Read More »
woman bringing groceries

“Good Tired”

The Gospel assigned for this week is from Mark 10:17-31, and is one of those texts where each verse might be the topic of a

Read More »
gardening under a tarp

Garden Love Song

Although I’ve done it for many years now, seeing the first seeds push through the soil each spring fills me with amazement, joy, and hope. It is a reminder to me of God’s love of life and the tiny miracles that take place every day.

Read More »
man spotting bench-presser

Spotters

Years ago, a fellow whom I visited in a VA hospital told me this story. He, (we’ll call him “Bruce”), was at the gym observing

Read More »
sunset over blue mountains

Being a Blessing

For me, the most difficult thing about writing a devotion or a reflection is coming up with the topic. As soon as I turn in

Read More »