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March 29, 2011

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By Paul Steury, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center K-12 education coordinator
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
The main problem with winter for a lot of us is the lack of sunshine. That glorious light gives us energy as well as power to the earth. Have you noticed maple tree buds waiting to burst and daffodils pleading with the sun to give them more vigor so they can rise up and give God the glory, glory?!
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March 28, 2011

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By Chris Wood, associate professor of nursing
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Live as children of light

DEVOTIONAL:
Both our lives and the entire environment are filled with opposites. Light… dark. Spring…winter. Warm…cold. This week’s Lenten theme of encouraging us to live as children of light echoes many opposites we experience. Beyond these, we are also reminded that the mere physical ability to see does not necessarily guarantee belief, understanding, compassion or entitlement to the gift of God’s enlightenment.
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March 25, 2011

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By Reuben Sancken, a senior Bible and religion major from Tolono, Ill.
SCRIPTURE: John 4:5-42 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well and asked for a drink of water. Public interaction between men and women, and Jews and Samaritans, were usually avoided in his day. He could have gotten his own water or waited to ask for a drink from his disciples. Instead, in his radical way, he chose to spread the Gospel by stretching the cultural norms. The Samaritan women openly questions Jesus’ proclamation of his “living water.” It is only when he names the things that have alienated her from participation in her community that she believes in the Gospel.
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March 24, 2011

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By Vicky Kirkton, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1-11 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Once when I arrived at the airport in Washington, D.C., to attend a professional conference, I had plenty of time and decided to get to my hotel via the city transit system. I had been to this conference many times and felt confident that I could navigate my way around. So, I asked which bus I should take to get to the Fairmont Hotel and as I boarded I was pleased that I had chosen this route because I could save the extra cost of a cab or a shuttle.
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March 22, 2011

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By Ross Peterson-Veatch, associate academic dean and director of curriculum and faculty development for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 17:1-7 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I was 15 years old hiking with my youth group to the summit of Cerro Pedernal, a flat-top butte-like mountain that lords over the desert plains of northern New Mexico. The journey to the summit was quite like wandering in the wilderness for us – and we recalled for our excursion leaders the stories of Moses leading the Israelites in the desert. Our leaders didn’t know us well, and we “quarreled” with them as they tried to reassure us that we would not starve or die of thirst. We complained bitterly about the August heat, the rocky trails and the surprise vertical climb just before making the summit. All they could say to us was “you’ll see… when we get to the top, you won’t want to say anything — you’ll just want to listen for God’s voice.” (more…)

March 21, 2011

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By Becky Horst, associate registrar, grants coordinator and convocation coordinator
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Give me this water

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When our first child was almost two years old, she developed severe diarrhea. Pediasure® didn’t yet exist, and I was an inexperienced parent who didn’t know how to feed a child in her condition. She grew lethargic and pale. Our pediatrician examined her briefly and diagnosed dehydration. “Take her to the hospital right away,” he said. “She will need to stay there at least overnight.”
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March 18, 2011

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By Ben Sutter, a junior history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: John 3:1-17 (NRSV)
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Nicodemus is like us. He doesn’t understand. “Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’” We are like Nicodemus, confused by Jesus’ talk of the Spirit blowing and second birth from above. And yet Jesus the patient Teacher, tries to rephrase his answers. But still, nothing. Nicodemus has no idea what Jesus is trying to say.

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March 17, 2011

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By Michael Sherer, director of Information Technology Services
SCRIPTURE: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In the season of Lent, the Christian church liturgically reminds itself who it is and what is important. This annual ritual may include a combination of reflection, introspection, self-sacrifice, service, study and remembering the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus – all edifying and appropriate.
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March 16, 2011

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By Emily Yoder, a junior nursing major from Bird-in-Hand, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 121 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In elementary school, I memorized Psalm 121 in our girls club at church. I still remember the motions that we made to this passage, especially verses 3-4, which say that God will not let your foot be moved, and that God neither slumbers nor sleeps. While doing these motions as a child, sliding my foot and pretending to fall, I always pictured myself slipping down a muddy hill, but God protecting me from the fall. God is my Creator, my Maker, and he wants to protect me and keep me safe, because he cares about me. My Creator will not strike me down, but watches over me always. The Lord is my Keeper, and when I lift my eyes up to him, I can seek and receive help.
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March 15, 2011

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By Jodi Beyeler, news bureau director
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-4 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Last year, my sister and her husband received a phone call on April Fools’ Day that turned their lives upside down. Fortunately it wasn’t a joke: the twin boys they sought to adopt had been born…almost two months early!
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