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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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DEVOTIONAL:
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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DEVOTIONAL:
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

DEVOTIONAL:
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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DEVOTIONAL:
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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DEVOTIONAL:
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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DEVOTIONAL:
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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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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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

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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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