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April 12, 2011

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By Chris Kauffman, campus nurse
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I remember a Palm Sunday celebration in Guatemala several years ago, where the worship was filled with festivity. The marimba music was playing as we arrived, the dirt floor was covered with pine needles that filled the room with a sweet aroma, and bright colors of woven cloth draped the front of the church.
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April 11, 2011

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By Jennifer Speight, a senior English major from Cleveland, Ohio
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Hosanna

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HOSANNA!

Do you ever wonder what that really means? We sing it in praise songs, we read it in the Gospels. But do we live it? Do we know it? Do we know Him?
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April 8, 2011

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By Adriel Santiago, a senior communication and theater double major from Souderton, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: John 11:1-45 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
While reading today’s Scripture, I find myself asking, why is Jesus so disturbed? The word “disturbed” in v.33 and v.38 is embrimáomai, which can be literally translated to something like, “to snort with anger.”
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April 7, 2011

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By Ruth Hochstetler, Good Library day circulation supervisor
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:6-11 (NRSV)
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Recently, the local Goshen community was shocked by the tragic death of Karlee, a 7-year-old girl who was killed when her father’s gun accidentally fell and fired. Karlee was a member of the church I attend and her death deeply affected our congregation. We grieved with her family and grasped for answers to the unsettling questions.
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April 6, 2011

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By Matt Helmuth, a sophomore Bible and religion major from Elkhart, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 130 (NRSV)
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I imagine the psalmist crying out from a crevasse, wide and deep, seemingly without bottom. Standing precariously on a ledge, the psalmist’s voice goes out – loud and desperate – and returns in a multiplicity of echoes, having bounced off the surrounding walls.
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April 5, 2011

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By Isaac Yoder-Shrock, a third year physics major from Moundridge, Kan.
SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NRSV)
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One of my classes this semester is structured as a discussion and research class that is situated at an academic crossroads between the fields of science and religion. In the class discussions, we probe questions of human existence, validity of philosophical arguments and challenge each other to think ‘more deeply’ on abstract topics and theories.
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April 4, 2011

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By Ana Yoder, a senior music major from Elkhart
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I wait for the Lord

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The theme for this week’s devotionals is “I wait for the Lord.” It strikes me that we spend much of our time finding the most efficient ways to accomplish daily tasks and avoid waiting. We hope the red light turns green; we choose self-checkout at the supermarket; we use instant foods to shorten meal prep time. Modern life does not teach us how to wait.
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April 1, 2011

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By Nate Manning, a junior interdisciplinary major from Middleville, Mich.
SCRIPTURE: John 9:1-41 (NRSV)
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When I read today’s passage, I think of the beautiful song written by John Newton. Amazing Grace has been sung in churches all over the world since it was penned in the 1760s. The particular line that stands out is “how precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.” Do you remember the hour that you first believed? Do you remember when you first understood the need for a savior and found hope and love in Jesus Christ? I know when I first believed I could not handle it. I couldn’t hold it in. I wanted everyone to know. Why does it seem so easy to share what Christ has done for us when we first believe, but as we grow “closer” to God, we seem to lose that fire that we had to share what Christ has done?
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March 31, 2011

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By Yolo Lopez-Perez, a junior broadcasting major from Elkhart
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:8-14 (NRSV)
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We often think that being in darkness means being involved with legal trouble, drugs, pre-marital relationships or unsafe parties. The list goes on. But I believe that being in darkness is beyond these obvious concepts we consider to be bad. Rather, it narrows down to one question: how often do we fall into negative secular understandings and approaches to the world that may even seem normal, but are actually dark and un-Christlike? Are we willing to give them up completely to be closer to God?
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March 30, 2011

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By Jeff Hochstetler, admission counselor
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 23 (NRSV)
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I first remember reading Psalm 23 as a child looking out my Sunday school class window of my country church. The rolling green pastures right by the grove of trees and ravine along the church property provided my imagination the earliest canvas for this psalm. Completing my imagination of this psalm were calm and obedient sheep which populated the hillside.
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