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Lenten Devotion – Upsetting the Skeptics

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Lenten Devotion – Upsetting the Skeptics

Friday, March 24 Scripture: John 9:1-25 This passage, John 9:1-25, recounts Jesus’ healing of a man who had been blind since birth. We would think that this act of miraculous healing would be noncontroversial, yet it left the Pharisees and the community in an uproar. The Pharisees were upset because Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath, which had to be strictly observed as a day of religious piety. Others in the community were openly skeptical that miraculous healing had even occurred. They said that the blind man who claimed to be healed was...

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Lenten Devotion – A Muddy Miracle!

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Lenten Devotion – A Muddy Miracle!

Thursday, March 23 Scripture: John 9:1-25 In only five minutes, our tour van was to pull away for Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea during our Global Ministries travels last fall. Pressure for final gift decisions felt intense! But the clerk at the Foundation Handicrafts center that offers rehabilitation and jobs for area refugees near the Jordan River was clear there was one item I should never leave without. “You must buy this” he said, pointing to a wall filled with squishy pour packets of Middle East Mud. “It is healing, like magic,...

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Lenten Devotion – Blind Faith

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Lenten Devotion – Blind Faith

Wednesday, March 22 Scripture: John 9:1-25 Faith is having confidence or trust in God as what he says is true. Having faith allows for us to witness miracles already performed in our lives with the hope for things unseen to still be blessed with by God. As Christians we are meant to walk by faith and not by sight. In this scripture there is a man who was born blind. Jesus performed a miracle giving sight to this man who had never seen before. Upon listening to what Jesus told him to do he received his sight. After this man was healed the...

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Lenten Devotion – Not Through Sight

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Lenten Devotion – Not Through Sight

Tuesday, March 21 Scripture: John 9:1-25 They say seeing is believing. For the Pharisees, because they didn’t see, they didn’t believe. They could not understand how a blind man gained his vision. They questioned. They denied. But it turns out, they were the blind ones. Jesus said: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5) In a time when darkness seems pervasive, it’s easy to live blindly and miss the goodness, hope, and love that Christ brought to this world. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2...

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Lenten Devotion – Seeing Through Different Eyes

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Lenten Devotion – Seeing Through Different Eyes

Monday, March 20 Scripture: John 9:1-25 One of the greatest joys a parent has is reading to one’s child. I can only imagine then how it must feel to read for a blind friend. Of course there is Braille and recorded books, but nothing can capture the author’s view of a golden autumn sunset better than when you filter his words through your own eyes, especially when you have seen your magical sunset too. The author’s eyes magnified by your eyes for a moment become your friend’s eyes. God gives us such a vision. The glory of eternity is...

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Lenten Devotion – Fill My Cup, Lord

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Lenten Devotion – Fill My Cup, Lord

Sunday, March 19 Fill My Cup, Lord Chalice Hymnal No. 351 Have you ever wanted something to eat but couldn’t quite make up your mind what you wanted? You look in the refrigerator – or on the menu – make a selection, but afterwards, either your appetite or your taste buds are not satisfied. What you really wanted remains an unanswered question, so you just go on with other tasks or responsibilities that regularly demand your attention. Some of us head to college, not knowing what to major in, just certain that we want a degree; so we keep...

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Lenten Devotion – Thirst

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Lenten Devotion – Thirst

Saturday, March 18 John 4:5-26 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14) It is noon and Jesus is tired from the long journey he has made with his disciples. He rests while the disciples go to get food in the nearby city. A Samaritan woman of questionable character approaches him and he asks her for a drink of water. The...

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Sunday, March 19

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Sunday, March 19

Sunday’s message: Have you ever experienced spiritual dryness? Struggled with prayer? Had doubts about your faith? In John 4:5-42 is the story of the Samaritan woman who comes to the well to draw water and instead finds the Living Water in Jesus. This Sunday we explore this encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well, and consider our faithful living in times of spiritual dryness. 8:30 am worship service bulletin 11 am worship service...

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Lenten Devotion – Dismissing Stigmas

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Lenten Devotion – Dismissing Stigmas

Friday, March 17 John 4:5-26 John 4:5-26 is striking in how it portrays marginalization. The woman in this story is a Samaritan, an adherent to a pre-Babylonian exile splinter of Judaism seen by Jews at the time as at best incorrect, at worst heretical. She has been married five times, and currently lives outside of wedlock. These facts clearly stigmatize her and prevent her from full participation and acceptance in Israelite society, a society with strict protocols and laws to maintain the covenant between itself and God. Despite the...

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Lenten Devotion – Wait No Longer

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Lenten Devotion – Wait No Longer

Thursday, March 16 John 4:5-26 What are you waiting for? My house is full of “clutter.” I feel more of an urgency to “clean out” as the days go by. What am I waiting for? Maybe for the spirit to move me? My physical house may not be all that needs “cleaning out.” My spiritual house should be at the top of the list. Where do I start? Maybe with the scripture? Maybe with prayer? Maybe with an open mind and heart? Maybe in the silence around me? What am I waiting for? The Messiah? Wake Up! He is here! He calls me to worship and adore...

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