Category Archives: Devotion

Reflections of a Dad

Allen Teal, chaplain

By Allen Teal, chaplain

Recently, I have been spending time considering what it has meant to be a dad. With Father’s Day coming in June, I would like to share some of my thoughts. Anyone who has been a parent understands that challenges and READ MORE

Losses that Matter

By Allen Teal, chaplain, Rolla Presbyterian Manor

“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:6, NIV).

May is a month for special days. It contains Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It also has frog jumping day, leprechaun day, and READ MORE

Three-step growth

By Allen Teal, chaplain, Rolla Presbyterian Manor

‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.’ — I Corinthians 3:6, NIV

April is the month for gardens. Although many things can be planted that are able to resist READ MORE

Winds of change

By Allen Teal, chaplain
Rolla Presbyterian Manor

March brings changes. Most people are not fans of change. Phrases have emerged to illustrate this.

“Change is painful.”

“Change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain READ MORE

Reasons personal lent makes sense

By Allen Teal, chaplain
Rolla Presbyterian Manor

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him… (Matthew 4:1-3a, NIV)

Lent begins on  Valentine’s READ MORE

How hobbies help

By Allen Teal, chaplain, Rolla Presbyterian Manor

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? (Matthew 16:26, NIV)

We live in a remarkable age. Since the Industrial READ MORE

Chaplain’s corner

Family treasures

By Allen Teal, chaplain

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19, ESV).

One could call November the “Month of Memories.” We remember our soldiers and the end of World War I on November READ MORE