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March 8, 2010

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By Luke Gascho, director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Be reconciled to God

DEVOTIONAL:
Carl, an elderly man, had been attending our church for a year. His life had been a journey of brokenness and hardship. Within the gathered community of believers, he found people who cared about him as a person. As his heart softened, he chose to join the church. I remember vividly his exuberance as he responded to the confessional questions in the baptismal service. Instead of the staid responses of “I do” and “I will” that typically follow the questions, Carl made statements like “Absolutely!” and “I’d have it no other way!” Carl had experienced reconciliation and he glowed with joy. (more…)

March 5, 2010

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By Paul Steury, K-12 education coordinator for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:1-9 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Right after Dylan, my first son, was born we planted an apple tree in honor of his birth. I purchased it from the local nursery right down the road from Merry Lea, Benders Orchard. We waited for the first fruit to grow on that tree. And we waited and waited and waited. We pruned it. Mulched it. Put coffee grounds around it. And still no fruit. I couldn’t cut down the tree that we planted in honor of my first son so we kept loving it and being patient. Well, after the sixth year we got five apples off of that tree. The seventh summer we got thirty! (more…)

March 4, 2010

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By Ben Sutter, a first-year history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Lent is a season of stepping back from life, reevaluating. Holding on to what is right but letting go of our own misconceptions. How must the disciples have felt as the one they hoped would be their Savior was subject to death on the cross? In such a time, God called them to let go of their own ideas of a Savior and hold on to who Jesus truly was. (more…)

March 3, 2010

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By Caleb Kitchell, a senior physical education major from Union Mills, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Wow! What a way to live! David is committed, and it makes me feel kind of guilty. I try to think back and remember if there was ever a time that I longed for God in such a deep way. I can think of times I called to him in distress, but the way David thirsts and longs for God seems much more dedicated. (more…)

March 2, 2010

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By Paul Keim, professor of Bible and religion
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 55: 1-9 (NRSV)
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Ho, ho, ho. It’s a wonderful life! What we most need for nourishment and delight is free of charge. There’s a banquet set before us and we’re invited to the table. Smacznego!

Yet the cult of cornucopia has convinced us that our happiness and the health of the economy depend on what we feverishly buy and voraciously consume. So we charge around buying bread that is not bread, and selling labor without love. Bloated and hollow we are desperate for things that numb instead of nourish. (more…)

March 1, 2010

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By Becky Horst, associate registrar, grants coordinator and convocation coordinator

THIS WEEK’S THEME: My soul thirsts for you

DEVOTIONAL:
Thirsting for God is a faith metaphor that we can all understand. Think of how dry your mouth feels after hard work on a hot day. Your body’s fluids and electrolytes are imbalanced; if they don’t regain balance, you could experience neurological or kidney problems. “Water,” your body cries out, “I need water!” (more…)

February 26, 2010

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By Kelsey Shue, a junior communication major from Dalton, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:31-35 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I remember curling up on my dad´s lap when I was a child. His famous question was, “Kelsey, what do you want to do when you grow up?”

Years later, as my family sits around the table at breakfast we discuss the same question: what do we want to do with our lives? Dreams of ice skaters and astronauts have turned into a bucket list brainstorming session of things we’d like to do before we “kick the bucket” or pass away. (more…)

February 25, 2010

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By Lynn Jackson, vice president for enrollment management
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:17-4:1 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Each time the news breaks with another story of a pastor that has stolen a large amount of money or an evangelist that has broken their marriage vows, it saddens me. I’m sadder for the person, their families, the people that believed in them and those who strive to stand firm in the Lord. I’m sad that it will now take more work and healing to bring those that are struggling with their decision on which way they want to pursue life to get past their wrestling with the story of someone that proclaimed to be a follower of Christ. (more…)

February 24, 2010

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By Bryce Bow, assistant basketball coach
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 27 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
What a beautiful and encouraging piece the Psalmist gives us in today’s Scripture. If you haven’t read it yet, please do!

I am confident that parts of the psalm will speak in different ways to different people. Hopefully something the Psalmist wrote can speak to you today. What part really moved you? What part jumped out? What’s the Spirit trying to teach you from the piece? (more…)

February 23, 2010

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By Michael Sherer, director of Information Technology Services
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Fifteen years ago, I did a curious thing. Instead of the typical children’s bedtime story, I began telling my 3-year-old daughter Monica the stories in Genesis, starting with today’s verses introducing the Abrahamic covenant. Night after night this went on, with me either reading from Hurlbut’s “Bedtime Bible Story Book” (a children’s classic) or paraphrasing the stories from memory. (more…)

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