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March 12, 2010

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By Ross Peterson-Veatch, associate academic dean and Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning director of curriculum and faculty development
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
As the father of two sons, this passage speaks deeply to me of the gift of extravagant love that God has given by blessing me with my boys. It comforts me so to know that God heaps that love on me and also on you. I understand that no matter how far I stray, I am forgiven as soon as I even so much as desire to repent and return. God knows what’s in my heart, and will offer me forgiveness even though I am unworthy. (more…)

March 11, 2010

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By Tina Peters, a senior physics major from Yellow Springs, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In today’s Scripture, Paul is telling us that as Christians we should not be far off from God. We are no longer to use human judgment. We have been created anew in Christ. And as the apostles once saw Christ as a man living among them and their understanding was transformed, with the resurrection our understanding must also be transformed. (more…)

March 10, 2010

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By Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, associate professor of peace, justice and conflict studies

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I felt the heaviness of the room envelop me as I walked through the glass double doors, the security guard locking them behind me. It was 4 p.m. and I was the last person allowed into the local Social Security office. The waiting room was still full; two long, silent rows of people; faces etched with anxiety, fear and sadness; gloom wrapping them about like a shroud. This was the recession personified. (more…)

March 9, 2010

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By Hannah D. Miller, a senior peace, justice and conflict studies major from Scottdale, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 5:9-12 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
God certainly provides for us in many situations. The Israelites are one of the best examples of God’s provision in the Bible. Although they had been wandering in the desert for many years without a home, God gave them manna to eat and hope for the future. This passage in Joshua begins with the statement that Israel has been reconciled to God – that the “disgrace of Egypt” has been rolled away. At Gilgal, the Israelites celebrate the Passover, a reminder that God has protected them from death and despair and has made God’s love and grace known to them. (more…)

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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DEVOTIONAL:
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…)

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