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December 13, 2010

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By Justin Yoder, a sophomore music major from Perkasie, Pa.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Name him Emmanuel

DEVOTIONAL:

“Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.”

I love this old hymn by 19th-century abolitionist and Congregationalist minister Jeremiah Rankin. When the Goshen College Men’s Chorus went on tour during spring break of last year, we offered this song as a benedictory blessing to each of the congregations we sang for. I loved to glance out over our audience as we sang the parting hymn each night, seeing this powerful blessing reflected back to us in the shining faces of those in attendance. (more…)

December 10, 2010

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By Jake Shipe, resident director
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:2-11 (NRSV)
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Jews in the time of Jesus were waiting for the Messiah, the coming king. The Jewish nation was living in a time of oppression. The Messiah was to be the one to save the world and reconcile the Israelites to God. God sent his son Jesus to reconcile not just the Jews, but all who would choose to believe. However, the coming of Jesus and the proclamation of his ministry did not meet the expectations of the Jewish people. (more…)

December 9, 2010

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By Jessica Gotwals, a sophomore nursing major from Telford, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: James 5:7-10 (NRSV)
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Christmas morning at my home in Pennsylvania looked a little bit different than many households. Instead of kids tearing down the stairs, too antsy to wait to open their gifts until a reasonable hour, my family opened presents on Christmas Eve. Regardless though, we three kids would still be up early in the morning, anticipating the events of the day. Before I can remember, my dad started a tradition of hiding half dollars in each of our rooms, giving us the task of finding all the hidden coins before we came downstairs. We always thought it was for our enjoyment, loving every minute of the search. Now that we’ve grown up, we’ve realized that our parents were really just looking to secure themselves an extra hour of sleep. Whatever their original motives, they also taught us something about patience. (more…)

December 8, 2010

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By Kelsey Shue, a senior communication major from Dalton, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 146:5-10 (NRSV)
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Gathered around the family dinner table, I remember my parents sitting back in their chairs, and with a content sigh, they began to tell “our story.” When I was still in diapers, my father attended seminary and my mother stayed at home to take care of my two sisters and me. Without a steady income, life wasn’t easy. (more…)

December 7, 2010

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By Adriel Santiago, a senior theater and communication double major from Souderton, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 35:1-10 (NRSV)
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Isaiah tells us to be a voice that strengthens the weak hands and the feeble knees, and which says to the fearful, “Be strong, do not fear!” It is the voice also heard in Isaiah 40, crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (more…)

December 6, 2010

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By Jeff Hochstetler, admission counselor
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Go and tell

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Standing at the side entrance of the Mariendom, in Erfurt, Germany, I stared up at the sculpture work. Adorning either side of the entryway were statues depicting the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins told in Matthew 25. On the one side of the door stood the joyful bridesmaids who had brought enough oil for their lamps to usher in the bridegroom. On the other side were the grieving and weeping figures who – having left to get more oil for their lamps – missed the arrival of the bridegroom and were shut out of the wedding banquet. A favorite parable of the medieval church, its meaning was clear – be prepared for the unexpected hour. (more…)

December 3, 2010

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By Ben Sutter, a sophomore history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)
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“Prepare the way of the Lord.” Wow, that is some kind of assignment. It’s a call to get people ready for the most life-changing event in history. John the Baptist is set apart by God to fulfill that role. God gives him a huge job and yet John the Baptist owns that task and it defines his life and gives him purpose. OK, so the way he goes about it is a little strange, in the desert with the locusts and all, but still he has a powerful message. It’s the message that brings people to him. “One who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals.” John lets his followers know that he is not the important one; Christ is. (more…)

December 2, 2010

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By Maria Koshmider, a sophomore elementary education major from Dundee, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:4-13 (NRSV)
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What does love really look like? Jesus Christ is God’s perfect image of love. Jesus befriended even the lowliest. He was a friend to sinners. God calls us to “glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” with “one heart and mouth.” We are stronger united as followers of Christ Jesus; lifting and building each other up, challenging each other and holding each other accountable. God calls us to love one another to build this unity within his kingdom. (more…)

November 30, 2010

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By Debra Brubaker, professor of music, department co-chair (sp)
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 11:1-10 (NRSV)
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Today’s Scripture passage – a description of the coming kingdom of God – sets power on its head with unusual language. The nouns of God’s righteousness are wisdom, equity, a belt around one’s waist, a shoot growing from a stump. Fantastical images are suggested: wolves and leopards lying down with young lambs, a lion eating straw, and unbelievably, a child playing over the hole of a deadly serpent. Does God really mean all this? (more…)

November 29, 2010

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By Heather Goertzen, resident director
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Prepare the way of the Lord

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I have a friend named Felisa who stands at 4-foot-nothing, has a third-grade education and twice a week prepares a three-course feast for women who prostitute in Bolivia. (more…)

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