Daily Devotional


Rev. Dr. Steven Sunghwan Cho, Pastor​
11023 Liberty Road 
Randallstown, Maryland 21133

410-922-6556    Email: WardsChapel@verizon.net

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Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am
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Serving Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard Counties. We are conveniently located on the corner of Liberty Rd and Wards Chapel Rd in Baltimore County, just a short drive from Carroll County and Howard County.​
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Important Information - COVID-19 Update

The church will be closed beginning March 13 for all functions. This includes all worship services, Sunday School classes, and all administrative, programmatic, and committee meetings. Please join us for our Virtual Sermon each Sunday and Daily Devotional online.

If any parishioners need assistance, please contact Pastor Cho by phone at 240-394-1162, or by email at pastorstevencho@gmail.com. The church office voicemail and email also will be checked regularly.

The Food Pantry ministry will operate under an alternative procedure.

Please try to keep in touch with one another for encouragement or needs anyone may have. We will try to keep everyone as up to date as possible and will continue to send church-wide emails as needed.

Daily Devotional

7/22 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/22/20

Today’s Bible verse:
Psalm 27:11
11 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Pray with us:
Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you today confident that you are always beside us. No matter what problems come our way, you are supporting us and at times carrying us through. We know no matter how heavy the load, you make it lighter. We thank you for your promise to always be with us and we rejoice knowing we have nothing to fear. We pray in your name, Amen
(Prayer by Carol Parker)

7/21 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/21/20

Today’s Bible verse:
Hebrews 13:5-6
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Pray with us:
Lord, as the provider of all blessings, let us be thankful through every situation in life. Train us to see your provision as opportunities for stewardship rather than personal gain. Guide us to recognize the need of others and prompt us to provide in humble gratitude. In all things, Father, may the focus of our efforts be for your glory. Amen

(Prayer by Ron Weller)

7/20 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 07/20/20

Today’s Bible verse:
Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Loving Father, how wonderful reality it is that as your children we can approach you in complete confidence and share our daily concerns and requests. We admit at times that our impatient nature leads us to frustration and anxiety when we feel that your provision falls short of our imperfect and urgent expectations. In those situations, Father, teach us again the virtue of patience. Remind us that you alone know best the perfect timing and method of the blessings you will provide. May each day Instill in us a child-like sense of peace and contentment for a loving Father that loves and provides for all of our needs.

Pray with us:
Loving Father, how wonderful a reality it is that as your children we can approach you in complete confidence and share our daily concerns and requests. We admit at times that our impatient nature leads us to frustration and anxiety when we feel that your provision falls short of our imperfect and urgent expectations. In those situations, Father, teach us again the virtue of patience. Remind us that you alone know best the perfect timing and method of the blessings you will provide. May each day Instill in us a child-like sense of peace and contentment for a loving Father that loves and provides for all of our needs. How great is our God?
(Prayer by Ron Weller)

7/19 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 07/19/20

Today's Bible verse:
Psalm 1:6
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Pray with us:
Dear Father, You do indeed watch over us and guide us to what is Love and Right. When we stray and try to follow our own wills we find disaster. Help us to hear you clearly and walk in a righteous path that we may enjoy this life to the fullest, knowing your love at all times. May our joy be so genuine and enthralling that those we meet want to share in it finding your love and blessings. Though Jesus name; AMEN
(Prayer by Cindy Chambers)

7/18 Saturday

by WCUMC Member on 07/18/20

Today's Bible verse:
3 John 1:11
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

Pray with us:
Dear Lord, It is so easy to get caught up in the world an simply “follow-the-crowd”. Help us to stay focused and emulate you so others may come to know you through our actions. We recall John Wesley’s lesson: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. Help us to spread your love to this hurting world by following such a caring lesson. In Jesus name; AMEN

(Prayer by Cindy Chambers)

7/17 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 07/17/20

Today’s Bible verse:
2 Peter 3:7
7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Pray with us:
Lord, we know we should live in the blessings you provide. We enjoy this new day, new life in you. Today we pray for those who lost their beloved ones and still mourn due to their loss. Be with them and pour out heavenly comfort upon them so that they can have true hope in you. Lord, we as the faithful people of God, look for the heavenly promise. We trust your words and your plan. And we know that there will be the day of judgment and we will stand before your throne. Help us live faithfully every moment of our lives and keep nurturing our spirit to share your love for this world. Be with us and provide us with your care today. We pray in your name, Amen.

(Prayer by Steven Cho)

7/16 Thursday

by WCUMC Member on 07/16/20

Today’s Bible verse:
John 8:34 
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Pray with us:
Glorious and merciful Lord. We thank you for all the gift and blessings that you have given us. Most of all, we give thanks to you that we can experience freedom in you and have joyful heart. However, still we need your protection and care, not just from threats, dangerous environment and physical limitations, but also we need spiritual protection as well. Keep us safe from temptations and unjust decisions. Guard our heart to begin beautiful things in our lives. Pour our new blessings today. We pray in your name.

(Prayer by Steven Cho)

7/15 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/15/20

Today's Bible verse:
James 1:12
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Pray with us:
We praise your name O Lord. We pray this day for strength and endurance. When trials come our way remind us that we can always lean on you and you are there for us. It is you that will give us the strength and courage to persevere. Help us daily with our personal troubles whether they be COVID-19 issues, anxiety, depression or relationships. We leave it all to you, for we know deep in our hearts, what we need will be provided for us. Give us your strength and guidance by your grace. In your name we pray. Amen.
 
(Prayer by Charlie Dell)

7/14 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/14/20

Today's Bible verse:
Deuteronomy 30:19 
30 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Pray with us:
Dear God, we thank you for a new day, a new beginning in you. You show us today that we have choices on how to use this day, not only for ourselves but for all your children. Help us to make the right choices to follow your ways. Guide us so others might see your example and make right choices in their lives. Use us as instruments to help all of your children. We ask all these things in your name. Amen.

(Prayer by Charlie Dell)

7/13 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 07/13/20

Today's Bible verse:
Matthew 7:13-14
13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Pray with us:
Wise and Mighty God, we thank you for the sacrifice of your Son who shows us the narrow gate to eternity. Thank you for rescuing me from the choices of the broad road of my youth. Protect and guide today's youth as they make choices. Through the wisdom of years, I have realized the gate is small and the road narrow to eternal life. Guide and protect us with your Word and your Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Prayer by Wayne Reisberg)

7/12 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 07/12/20

Today's Bible verse:

Mark 12:30
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.


Pray with us:
The Almighty, One God, we thank you for your creation. The miracle of the seed. The cycle of sun and water that warms and wets the soil that feeds your people. Help us worship and adore each day by diligently using your heart, mind, and soul to see and seek and then praise you some way each day. Be the Rock to help us wisely use our inner thoughts and feelings to discern your will. Be the Fortress to defeat the worldly desires and intents of selfishness. We pray in your holy name. Amen.


(Prayer by Wayne Reisberg)

7/11 Saturday

by WCUMC Member on 07/11/20

Today's Bible verse:


Hebrews 12:2
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Pray with us:
Dear Lord, As we count our blessings today, we thank you for sending Jesus to show us the way, always being present with us. May we develop such a trust in you, striving for obedience, despite our doubts and fears. When we, like the early Christians, suffer hardship and persecution as well as temptation, give us joyful hearts as we stay the course resolving to do your will. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


(Prayer by Pauline Reisberg)

7/10 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 07/10/20

Today's Bible verse:
Amos 5:24
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!


Pray with us:
As we approach this day, dear Lord, we thank you and praise you for the blessings flowing down to us each day. Let us show our gratitude by living justly, truly worshipping you as we love one another and show mercy to those in need. Open our hearts so that we may live in right relationship with you and each other. Free us to express our true nature as your spiritual likeness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


(Prayer by Pauline Reisberg)

7/9 Thursday

by WCUMC Member on 07/09/20

Today's Bible verse:

Acts 4:19-20
19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”


Pray with us:
Father, thank you for choosing Peter and John to give to us the example of faith and steadfastness in the face of challenge. Even though threatened with punishment and death, they “could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard” while with Jesus. Help us be Peter and John in our world today passing on Jesus’ words and miracles to a hurting people. Empower us, Lord! We need to be reminded of the power of Your love, grace, and acceptance as we receive it and pass it on! Amen!


(Prayer by Barb Charnock)

7/8 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/08/20

Today's Bible verse:

Isaiah 6:8
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”


Pray with us:
Our kind and gracious Heavenly Father, you have made us in your image and given us great powers thru the Holy Spirit. And still we hesitate to be all that we can be. Like Isaiah, we feel weak and unworthy to do Your will. Please, Father, help us embrace and use the strengths you have given us. We are not strong, but with Your help we can do Your work. We can do all things with great love if we are brave enough to accept Your strength as our own. Lord, please love us strong. Amen.


(Prayer by Barb Charnock)

7/7 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 07/07/20

Today's Bible verse:

Acts 18:9-10
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”


Pray with us:
Dear Lord, We may not have had a vision like Paul but we know if we are still and listen we can hear you guiding us. Give us the strength to share our faith in our everyday life. To speak out with conviction when we need to and to know that you are always with us. Sometimes we feel we are alone in society as a Christian but we must remember you are always with us giving us strength to speak your truth. Thank you for your presence with us, Amen


(Prayer by Carol Parker)

7/6 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 07/06/20

Today's Bible verse:

Romans 12:99 

99 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.


Pray with us:
Our Heavenly Father, we are thankful for the love you have given us, the true love that we should share with others. Let us be sincere with those around us and have no false pretense. Help us to put into action the caring and understanding for those around us and those beyond our reach. Give us the courage to turn away from evil and to cling to what is good. We ask this in your name, Amen.


(Prayer by Carol Parker)

7/5 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 07/05/20

Today's Bible verse:

Galatians 5:13
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Pray with us:
Lord, How true this warning to the Galatians rings in our ears. You require us to serve in love, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We look around today and see people expressing so much hatred and violence that it saddens and disturbs us. Today we thank you for all those who living your word and reaching out to neighbors in love during this stressful time. We pray for our authorities that you lead them back to seeing Justice as blindfolded and holding balanced scales and act accordingly. Please continue to use us to share your love showing the world how much happier, healthier, and more hope-filled life can be. We pray in your precious name; AMEN

(Prayer by Cindy Chambers)

7/4 Saturday

by WCUMC Member on 07/04/20

Today's Bible verse:
2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


Pray with us:
Lord, This weekend we celebrate our country’s freedom to become itself. We also know that freedom did not come without sacrifice. Help us always remember and celebrate the greater freedom that comes with your sacrifice and Spirit; freedom from sin and death. That freedom, through Your Spirit, gives us the strength to stand through tough times and resist the temptations and snares of this life. It gives us the freedom to become our best selves in You. It enables us to enjoy this life as you would have us live it and look forward to the greater life and joy to come. We thank you and praise you for your sacrifice for our freedom. In your great name we pray; AMEN


(Prayer by Steven Cho)

7/3 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 07/02/20

Today’s Bible verse:

Ephesians 3:12 
12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Pray with us:
Father in heaven,
We approach you each day in confidence through the access provided by Your Son, Jesus. As our blessed mediator He came to teach us and to heal us, and to provide an example for holy living. He also shared the joyous revelation that we were Your adopted sons and daughters through faith and that we could approach you as a child would his earthly father. May we cherish this precious quiet time of sharing and intercession with you dear Father. Amen.

(Prayer by Ron Weller)