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March 10, 2011

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By James E. Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
It’s not every day that someone says to me, “Don’t be such a mule!” or some even more blunt version. And yet, here, in Scripture, the Psalmist says just that (v. 9). Got my attention! And so I sit up and listen. Just what is it that I do or do not do that reflects such stubbornness to warrant being called a “donkey” or worse by the Psalmist?
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March 9, 2011

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By Bob Yoder, campus pastor

WELCOME:
Welcome to Goshen College’s online devotional series for the 2011 Lenten season! “Becoming Human: Called and Shaped by Jesus” is this year’s theme taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources. Lent is the season of the church year in which we focus particular attention on foundational questions of our existence. This Lenten season we ask: What does it mean for us to be created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?
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February 28, 2011

What does it mean for us to be the created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?

Goshen College again offers an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent. Beginning March 9 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 24  (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages. Many writers will reflect on the Lenten theme: “Becoming Human: Called and Shaped by Jesus.” (Our Lenten theme is based on the worship resources developed in Leader Magazine, a quarterly publication of Mennonite Publishing Network. For further information go to www.leaderonline.org.)

The devotions will reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of assurances of faith. The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.

Since 2001, Goshen College annually celebrates special seasons of the church calendar, particularly Advent and Lent, with online devotions. The popularity of the devotions continues to grow each year and there are now more than 9,000 online subscribers, representing many different denominational backgrounds and countries.

April 4, 2010

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By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor
SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18 (NRSV)
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Today we proclaim and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Together with Christians the world over, we proclaim, “The Lord is risen!” With Mary Magdalene we call out, “we have seen the Lord.” (more…)

April 3, 2010

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By Ruth Stoltzfus, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When I was a child, my Sunday School teacher gave each of us an old dried up lump of something. She had us put this lump in a pot of dirt, gave us instructions to water it regularly and put it in the sunshine with the promise that soon our lump would look just like the beautiful picture of a flower that she showed us. And, of course she was right, that lump grew into a beautiful daffodil. (more…)

April 2, 2010

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By Bethany Swope, director of church relations
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:47-23:49 (NRSV)
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We know the Good Friday story. We also know that it’s not the end of the story, that resurrection awaits.

But for today, we linger in the deep sadness and disillusionment of the followers of Jesus. We grieve for his mother, as she watches the suffering of her beloved yet puzzling gift from Yahweh. We get angry with those who mock Jesus, but question if we really would have had the courage to do better than Peter. (more…)

April 1, 2010

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By Heather Zimmerman, a senior American Sign Language major from Barrigada, Guam
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:7-46 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When I read this passage, I was struck by Jesus and Simon Peter’s conversation. Jesus predicts Simon’s denial in verses 31-32 saying that, “Simon… But I have pleaded in prayer for you … that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” I think this is truly amazing because Jesus let go of the rejection that Simon would cause him in his self-serving denial and extended grace, forgiveness and encouragement. This was a truly loving thing God allowed to happen. (more…)

March 31, 2010

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By Andrea Dalton, assistant professor of Bible, religion and philosophy
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 65:17-25 (NRSV)
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I have to confess that Lent has seemed really long to me this year. I feel like the child in the backseat asking, “Are we there yet?” Haven’t we repented and fasted enough? Aren’t we good now? (more…)

March 30, 2010

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By Kathryn Schlabach, a senior molecular biology/biochemistry major from Turner, Ore.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:9-16 (NRSV)
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Loneliness is one of the most profound human emotions. Isolation from other human beings, from the vital connection of community, can be devastating. Sometimes this isolation is physical; at other times, we can be in a room full of people and not feel connected to a single soul. (more…)

March 29, 2010

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By Kevin Gary, assistant professor of secondary education
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Alive in Christ

DEVOTIONAL:
The theme of this week is “Alive in Christ.” I am reminded of second century theologian St. Irenaeus’s saying, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Yet what does it mean to be fully alive? For insight, I often turn to Luke’s story of Martha and Mary welcoming Jesus to their home. Luke suggests that the fullness of life is constituted by both service and prayer. Through service we direct our attention towards welcoming and creating a hospitable place for others. All of Martha’s careful preparations are sacraments of her love and care for Jesus. Yet this service, though essential, may not be enough. In spite of Martha’s service and our good works we can sometimes forget to attend and be present to each other. (more…)

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