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April 2, 2012

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By Ruth Hochstetler, day circulation supervisor in the Good Library
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Later you will understand
(NOTE: In this final week of devotions, there will be devotions on Saturday and Sunday.)
DEVOTIONAL:

Three jars took up residence atop my bedroom dresser soon after I first started earning money as a child. One was labeled “savings,” another “spending” and the third “tithe.” (more…)

March 30, 2012

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By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV)
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As you read this, I am with a group of pilgrims preparing for another Palm Sunday procession. Literally, we are “approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives,” where Jesus sent two disciples to find a donkey colt for him to ride into Jerusalem by way of the Lion’s Gate. I have made this pilgrimage before. (more…)

March 29, 2012

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By Liz Core, a junior communication major from Pella, Iowa
SCRIPTURE: John 12:12-16 (NRSV)
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Today in my Restorative Justice class we were invited into an exercise in which a statement was said – “English should be the official language of the United States” for example – and were told to take a stand by walking to the side of the room labeled either “agree” or “disagree.” (more…)

March 28, 2012

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By Bill Born, vice president for student life
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)
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“Open to me the gates of righteousness…”
“This is the Lord’s doing…”
“This is the day that the Lord has made…”

These three phrases within Psalm 118 suggest to me that the Lord is in control. God is the gatekeeper inviting us to simply enter through the gates and give thanks, to accept the Lord’s grace and receive righteousness.

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March 27, 2012

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By Saralyn Murray, a junior American sign language major from Orrville, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

What does it take to “awaken” me? I need to be awakened not just in the morning, but periodically throughout my day. I need “God moments”: a sunrise, a new blanket of snow, a dark night sky or a large, orange moon.

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March 26, 2012

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By Anna Ruth, a senior English major from Harleysville, Pa.
SCRIPTURES THIS WEEK: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; John 12:12-16; Mark 11:1-11

THEME THIS WEEK: Your king is coming

DEVOTIONAL:

Patience is certainly not my forte. Last spring, while living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during my semester abroad through the college’s Study-Service Term, I learned that I am not alone. Each morning, my commute to school began with a short ride on the daladala (minibus) to get to the ferry dock. Dar es Salaam is a coastal city, and I needed to cross an inlet of the Indian Ocean to reach downtown. At 6:15 a.m., the ferry dock is a chaotic mess of bicycles weaving through crowds of people running with school books or baskets of food on their heads. Everyone is desperate to catch the next ferry over, and nobody wants to wait – I didn’t, either. (more…)

March 23, 2012

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By Josh Delp, a senior English and Bible and religion double major from Sellersville, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 5:5-10 (NRSV)
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Today’s verse describes how Jesus accepted God’s calling and was transformed by the decision. While God designated Jesus for the role he played in Christian history, the plan would not have been fulfilled without Jesus’ obedience and willingness to suffer. It has been difficult for me to be obedient in the same way since the calling from God has never been very clear, but I continue to strive to be such a disciple. (more…)

March 22, 2012

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By Sophia Metzger, assistant director of multicultural affairs
SCRIPTURE: John 12:20-33 (NRSV)
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“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

We anticipate with Jesus his “lifting up” – his being lifted up in a two-fold way: he will be lifted high upon a cross and lifted up to join God in heaven. The first way is awesomely terrifying and the second provokes a sense of longing in my heart. I truly do wish to see Jesus.

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March 21, 2012

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By Odelet Nance, director of multicultural affairs
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV)
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I am always blessed when I have the opportunity to spend time with my 3-year-old niece and 5-year-old nephew, for they always seem to have the right words to say at the right time. At Christmas, my nephew was so excited about all of his gifts. I remember him repeating the phrase over and over again, “Is this for me?” As a family, we were amused by his humbleness and sincerity. (more…)

March 20, 2012

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By Beth Yoder, a senior interdisciplinary major from Bellefontaine, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV)
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In this passage in Jeremiah, God says that soon he will create a new covenant with Israel and Judah. The new covenant will not be like the old covenant, which was created when God chose the Israelites as his people and led them out of Egypt. The new covenant will be completely a part of the Israelites. It will be in their minds and hearts, and all the people will know about it. (more…)

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