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Lenten Devotion – Good News for Everybody

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Lenten Devotion – Good News for Everybody

Tuesday, March 14 John 4:5-26 Quite apart from the content of the message Jesus gives to the woman at the well, the fact that he is revealing himself to someone who is not only a Samaritan, but a woman, communicates its own message. This choice demonstrates the good news that God’s chosen people are the whole human race, not just a particular nation, tribe, or race. But this principle might not have been received as good news by those who thought themselves specially chosen by God, and thus superior to the Samaritan woman. To them it might...

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Lenten Devotion – A Dry Spell

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Lenten Devotion – A Dry Spell

Monday, March 13 John 4:5-26 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) There are dry times in our lives. There can be days, months, even years, where things do not come easily. We feel dry, brittle, maybe even separated from our Savior, as if we are “in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” It can be difficult to look up from our struggles long enough to recognize the eternal. Like the Samaritan woman who is spiritually dry, but worries about physical hydration while Jesus points her...

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Lenten Devotion – The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

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Lenten Devotion – The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

Sunday, March 12 The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power Chalice Hymnal No. 206 African American Heritage Hymnal No. 256 The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary, It soothes my doubts and calms my fears and it dries all my tears, The blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose it power. It reaches to the highest mountain; It flows to the lowest valley, The blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose it power. Is there any better love? This song describes unconditional love; a love that a...

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Lenten Devotion – Born From Above

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Lenten Devotion – Born From Above

Saturday, March 11 Scripture: John 3:1-17 Those of us who grew up in the church – one way or another – all know John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Today’s reading invites us to look at the context of that passage. The Pharisee Nicodemus came to Jesus at night seeking to understand his teaching. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of...

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Lenten Devotion – Mercy & Redemption

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Lenten Devotion – Mercy & Redemption

Friday, March 10 Scripture: John 3:1-17 In his private conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus reveals how God’s Kingdom is made available to us. Jesus states that Nicodemus must be “born from above” in order to see that Kingdom, because “what is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit.” Jesus states that only he, the Son of Man, has “descended from heaven,” and that, like the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses in the wilderness to protect the Hebrews from snakebite, Jesus will be “lifted up” so...

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Lenten Devotion – The Grace to Ascend

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Lenten Devotion – The Grace to Ascend

Thursday, March 9 Scripture: John 3:1-17 As a new Christian I read through the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation. It’s a big book and sometimes studying God’s word left me with more questions than answers. During that time, it was about ascension that I came to Dr. Gentle with a question whose answer was more profound and amazing than I could have imagined. Jesus was the only One who ascended to Heaven. But what about David, I asked. If David, who God loved so very much didn’t make the cut, surely my odds weren’t looking good....

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Lenten Devotion – Mistakes Happen

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Lenten Devotion – Mistakes Happen

Wednesday, March 8 Scripture: John 3:1-17 We all make mistakes. Sometimes they’re big; sometimes they’re small. As hard as we try, no matter what we do, we’re not perfect. “Mistakes happen,” as they say. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16) is so well known that it’s almost easy to recite it without thinking about what it really means. Take a moment. Pretend you’ve never heard this scripture. That you didn’t practice it in Sunday school, or hear countless sermons about it. Or, perhaps it’s only vaguely familiar to...

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Lenten Devotion – Faithful Living in the Quiet Times

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Lenten Devotion – Faithful Living in the Quiet Times

Tuesday, March 7 Scripture: John 3:1-17 Have you learned to laugh at yourself? Often? I wonder how Nicodemus felt after Jesus explained to this “teacher of Israel” about the Kingdom of God. I recently had periods of questioning, while on vacation. There were moments when I questioned my having no agenda for an extended stay at the coast. Fortunately, my sensible side kicked in, questioning why I had to have an agenda. I came to the realization that being still and quiet, and listening to God is sufficient, especially in such a conducive...

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Get off the Sidelines

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Get off the Sidelines

Friday, March 3 Matthew 4:1-11 In this passage, Jesus is able to resist evil and instead choose a path of righteousness. Although we aspire to be like Jesus in this passage, we often choose not to involve ourselves in today’s struggles, claiming that the side of righteousness is not yet clear. As we sit on the sidelines, we sometimes look to the past struggles for justice and wish we could have been born earlier so that we could have joined a true struggle of good against evil. But were the struggles of the past really so different from the...

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Wisdom & Courage for the Living of These Days

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Wisdom & Courage for the Living of These Days

Thursday, March 2 Matthew 4:1-11 In this passage, the devil is tempting Jesus, lying to him, promising him the “kingdoms” and in the face of these trials what does Jesus do? He quotes scripture to help him remain faithful. He reaffirms his commitment to God, to his faith that good will overcome evil. Have you faced a temptation or had to see past a lie to remain faithful to God and to the Good News? During difficult times, keep scripture in mind. What passages remind you of your faith or God’s love and grace? Keep these passages top of...

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