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March 3, 2009


By Amy Showalter, a senior Bible and religion major from Harrisonburg, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: I didn’t grow up celebrating Lent in the traditional sense of giving up or taking on something for 40 days in preparation for Jesus’ resurrection. It has only been since high school through friendships with Catholics and exposure to the liturgical calendar that I have explored what waiting paired with practice might mean. (more…)

March 2, 2009


By Michael Sherer, director of information technology
THIS WEEK’S THEME: It depends on faith

DEVOTIONAL: If I were to make a “Top 10 List” of Anabaptist/Mennonite quotes, somewhere near the top would be Hans Denck’s memorable statement that “No one can truly know Christ except he follow Him in life.” Mennonites love this quote because it embodies our cherished belief that the essence of Christianity is discipleship — following Jesus. (more…)

February 27, 2009


By Jodi Beyeler, news bureau director/writer
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: During Lent, I plan to think about my own sins a lot. But I don’t really want to; it could get messy. And I’d really rather talk about someone else’s issues. (more…)

February 26, 2009


By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 25:1-10 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: Lent is a season of waiting and preparation. For the Psalmist, waiting offers the opportunity to learn. Psalm 25 is an a-b-c-Psalm, an acrostic, meant to be used as a memory device for teaching and learning. Each verse begins with a new letter in the alphabet. In this case, the Psalmist surprisingly adds an additional letter “p” at the end of the alphabetized Psalm, so that the first, middle, and last verses of the Psalm spell the Hebrew word a-l-p, which translated means “to learn” or “to teach.” Throughout the Psalm, the poet repeatedly asks God to teach: teach God’s ways (4), teach the truth that leads to salvation (5), instruct those who sin to do what is good and upright (8) and teach those who humble themselves before God, the right way to live (9). (more…)

February 25, 2009


By Bob Yoder, campus pastor

Welcome to Goshen College’s Online devotional series for the 2009 Lent season! “Our lives are in your hands…” is this year’s theme taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources. Our theme encourages us during the 40 days of Lent to follow Jesus more faithfully, knowing that our lives are indeed in God’s hands. Throughout the next five weeks on weekdays, 35 students, faculty, and staff will reflect on this as well as daily Scriptures and the seven weekly sub-themes: Teach me your paths; It depends on faith; My rock and my redeemer; By grace you have been saved; Whoever serves me must follow; Hosanna! Look, your king is coming; and, He has been raised. (more…)

February 24, 2009

Everyone needs a bit of silence and spiritual reflection to renew hope. Goshen College again offers an online spiritual resource to help Christian believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect on the season of Lent.

Beginning Feb. 25 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 12 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages, available online, via RSS feed, or by daily e-mail (with new features as of Lent 2009). (more…)

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