Antioch, church in the Countryside YMCA - Lebanon OH 45036

Devotionals & Testimonies

May 29 – James 1:27 Testimony – Peyton Family Serving the Marginalized

Click here to watch Justin and Kelli Peyton share about how the Lord led them on a journey that ultimately resulted in them serving “the least of these” through the ministry at Joshua’s Place.

Click here for more information about Joshua’s Place.

If you have any questions for Justin and/or Kelli, email us at [email protected] and we’ll connect you.

May 28 – James 1:27 Testimony – Yankoff Family Foster Care Journey

Click here to watch Derek and Lauren Yankoff share how God led each of them to taking the step into foster care and how much they’ve learned through the process.

For more information on foster care in Ohio, click here.

If you’d like to reach out to Derek and/or Lauren to talk more about fostering, email [email protected] and we’ll get you connected.

May 27 – James 1:27 Testimony – Walker Family Journey to Safe Families

Click here to watch Ryan and Leah Walker share about how God lead them to participate in the Safe Families ministry.

If you would like to learn more about Safe Families, click here.

Feel free to email [email protected] if you’d like us to connect you with Ryan and/or Leah to talk more.

May 26 – James 1:27 Testimony – Zapolski Family Foster Care Journey

Click here to watch Jon and Heidi Zapolski share about how the Lord changed their hearts and led them to fostering.

For more information on foster care in Ohio, click here.

If you’d like to reach out to Jon and/or Heidi to talk more about fostering, email [email protected] and we’ll get you connected.

May 25 – James 1:27 Testimony – Hawley Family Adoption Journey

Click here to watch Kevin and Lauren Hawley share about how God has been leading them on their adoption journey.

If you would like to talk more to Kevin and/or Lauren about adoption, please email us at [email protected] and we will connect you.

May 8 – Mike Luke – Forgiveness

Click here to watch as Mike Luke shares about forgiveness and unforgiveness. He encourages us to examine our own hearts and gives us some practical tools to help us grow.

May 6 – Chad Taylor – Ephesians 1:16-23

Click here to watch as Chad Taylor prays Ephesians 1:16-23 over us and encourages us to pray through it ourselves as we take time to be still in God’s presence.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

May 5 – CJ Langenhop – Philippians 4:4-5

Click here to watch CJ Langenhop shares thoughts from Philippians 4:4-5 on how to battle uncertainty and anxiety in this season of life.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.”

April 30 – Lindsay Lamb – UP, OUT, IN

Click here to watch as Lindsay Lamb shares some examples of how her family is reaching UP, IN and OUT during this season.

April 27 – Lauren Miller – Psalm 46:1-2, 10-11

Click here to watch as Lauren Miller shares thoughts on God as our “very present help” from Psalm 46 for today’s devotional.

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Psalm 46: 1-2, 10-11

April 24 – Anthony Bani – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Click here to watch as Anthony Bani shares 1 Corinthians 10:31 and thoughts on how we can enjoy the Lord daily.

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

April 23 – Bethany Davis – Proverbs 4:23-27

Click here to watch as Bethany Davis shares what the Lord has been impressing on her, as well as a few thoughts from Proverbs 4:23-27. If you would like to share a prayer request with Bethany, you can email [email protected] and we’ll forward it on to her!

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.”
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– Proverbs 4:23-27 (The Message)

April 22 – Mike Luke – One Minute Pause

Click here to watch Mike Luke as he leads us through a “one minute pause” in order to seek the presence of the Lord through prayer.

If you’re interested in the app Mike referenced, you can download it here.

April 20 – Adam Clouse – Part 2

Click here to watch Adam share some final thoughts on what we can learn from God during this season.

April 17 – Adam Clouse – Part 1

Click here to watch Adam Clouse share a few thoughts on what we can learn from God during this season.

April 15 – Chelsea Rhodes – Isaiah 58:11

Click here to watch Chelsea Rhodes share some thoughts on Isaiah 58:11.

“And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”

April 14 – Josh Chasteen – Mark 9

Click here to watch Josh Chasteen share some thoughts on prayer from Mark 9.

April 10 – Carl & Amy Johnson – Worship

Click here to watch Carl & Amy share some worship to lift your hearts for your devotional time on this Good Friday.

April 9 – David Newman – Joel 2

Click here to watch today’s devotional from Pastor David Newman with thoughts from Joel 2 and a call to fast on Good Friday.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
    and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.
 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
    and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
    for the Lord your God?

 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
    consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
     gather the people.”

April 8 – Jensen Harper

Click here to watch today’s devotional from Youth Pastor Jensen Harper. He shares about how isolation and loneliness were feelings Jesus was familiar with in His time here on Earth. 

April 7 – Joel Rhodes – Matthew 11:28-30

Click here to watch today’s devotional from Joel Rhodes with thoughts from Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

April 6 – Jennifer Hunter – Romans 12:12

Click here to watch today’s devotional from Jennifer Hunter as she shares some thoughts from Romans 12:12 – “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

April 3 – Scott Wilson – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Click here to watch today’s devotional from Scott Wilson with thoughts from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

April 1 – David Newman – God Uses Isolation

Click here to watch this morning’s devotional from Pastor David Newman as he shares about how God uses isolation throughout the Bible to bring about great things.

March 31 – Marlene Collins – Lamentations 3:22-24

Enjoy this morning’s devotional from Marlene Collins, one of our Bible study leaders and the wife of Elder Steve Collins:

Hi Antioch! I miss your beautiful faces! Because each new day brings its own uncertainty, I’ve been holding tight to Lamentations 3:22-24. 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”

“The Lord is my portion.” Those five words carry all the security and peace of the salvation we have in Jesus. “The Lord is my portion” is the definition of life in Christ.

Our portion –our inheritance– is founded in His steadfast love, His unending mercy, His great faithfulness. Because He is our portion, we can meet each new morning with the certainty of His presence with us and rest in the hope we have in Him. GREAT is His faithfulness!! 

With love and prayers, Marlene Collins

March 30 – Jeff Snyder – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Click here to watch this morning’s devotional from our Executive Pastor, Jeff Snyder, from Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

March 27 – Craig Grenko – Romans 15:13

Click here to watch a short devotional from Craig Grenko, one of our former Elders, on Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

March 25 – Amy Johnson – Isaiah 30:15

Click here to watch This is based in Isaiah 30:15 – “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…”