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April 22, 2011

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By Ann Hostetler, professor of English
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
“April is the cruelest month,” T. S. Eliot wrote. This is certainly true in Northern Indiana where the promise of spring is often packed in freezing rain and blasts of cold wind. A few weeks ago a serendipitously warm day coaxed tulip leaves from the ground. I itched to work in the garden. But when I finally found an hour to spare, wintry temperatures had returned. I put my Crocs back in the closet and stepped back into boots. If I hadn’t already lived through many a Northern Indiana spring, I would have given up hope by now of ever seeing new leaves and flowers. Yet even in this chill, daffodils have emerged. They trust the nourishing soil, sense the changing temperatures and increased sunlight enough to put out their early blooms. It is time.
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April 21, 2011

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By Emma Brooks, a sophomore art major from Littleton, Colo.
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 31:1-6 (NRSV)
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Being tired makes me grumpy; not seeing the sun for several weeks only makes my mood worse. I didn’t realize how lucky I had it, coming from a place with 300 days of sunshine a year. A hectic schedule and bleak sunless days have been my “wilderness” as of late. When the sun shone and the temperature rose just recently, I suddenly realized that I had been irritable for weeks.
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April 20, 2011

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By Brook Hostetter, a sophomore music major from Harrisonburg, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:11-54 (NRSV)
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After reading this passage I decided to take a few days to reflect on this question in my own life. “Whom is it that I persecute?” Persecution in our lives may not seem as obvious or as harsh as it did in the Bible. I’ve found that as humans, we tend to get an idea about someone, and immediately draw conclusions about who they are. It frightens me to think about how quick we are to judge.
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April 19, 2011

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By Odelet Nance, director of the Multicultural Affairs Office
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:5-11 (NRSV)
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When I was a child growing up at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, music was a key component of the worship experience. On any given Sunday at Mt. Zion, you could hear the following lyrics of this traditional spiritual being supported by drums and an organ with a gospel flair: “I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus. I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus. Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah.” With much clapping, swaying and dancing, the congregation excitedly engaged in worship and praise.
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April 18, 2011

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By Grace Parker, a junior English and Bible and religion double major from Wichita, Kan.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I have seen the Lord

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Mary Magdalene, previously shocked and grieved by Jesus’ death, suddenly appears to the disciples and declares, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). She had seen Jesus – alive, standing outside of his tomb, talking to her.
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April 15, 2011

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By Sophie Metzger, assistant director of multicultural affairs
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:1-11 (NRSV)
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As they near Jerusalem, Jesus gives his disciples clear instructions: Go, find, untie, bring to me…
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April 14, 2011

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By Jake Shipe, resident director
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:9-16 (NRSV)
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The theme for this year’s Lenten Devotions asks the question, what does it mean for us to be the created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?
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April 13, 2011

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By Jessica Gotwals, a junior nursing major from Telford, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9a (NRSV)
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For the past three summers I have worked as a camp counselor. This was simultaneously the most flattering experience and the most humbling experience I’ve ever had.
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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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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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