Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together

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

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday


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


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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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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fire damaged trees

Grief and Hope

1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me? 3Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God; give light

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tree planting

Games that Empower

With everything that is going on in the world right now, with Covid-19, politics, wars, and just day-to-day life, it is hard not to think of all the suffering, violence and stress that accompany these things. So having Learning Peace: A Camp for Kids this year was like a weight being lifted. I was tremendously

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trees in the fog

Focused on the Goal

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ,

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singing together around campfire

Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 29-37 The Parable of the Good SamaritanVerse 29 “Who is my neighbor?” We met some neighbors we did not know before during the

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Receiving Joy

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) “Saying

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child's hand in father's

A Father’s Love

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will

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Meeting Christ at Broadway and Bethlehem

Advent Opportunity With Immanuel

Immanuel Lutheran in Boise, ID is offering an Advent opportunity for prayerful devotion and quiet time combined with a weekly reflection of the Advent devotional booklet, Meeting Christ at Broadway and Bethlehem: Day by Day Through Advent by Edward Hays.

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opened gift box


We’re coming into the time of the year when thoughts turn to gifts. Many of us will have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of a

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outstretched praying hands

Divinity and Humanity

The text assigned for today is from John 11:32-44, where we hear of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We are given a glimpse

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woman standing in light through door

Living in the Liminal Spaces

“[Moses said to the people,] Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe

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caring hands

Your Hands Care for Us

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS from the Treasure Valley Cluster of Churchesof the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America This letter first appeared

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