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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…)

March 19, 2012

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By Paul Steury, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center K-12 education coordinator
SCRIPTURES THIS WEEK: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:5-10 (NRSV)
THEME THIS WEEK: We wish to see Jesus
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My wife recently decided to move her boutique store to a small shop with a big window on Goshen’s Main Street. It is across the street from The Window, an agency that provides services to help meet basic needs of the elderly and anyone with limited income. (more…)

March 16, 2012

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By Emily Trapp, a senior music and communication double major from Canby, Ore.
SCRIPTURE: John 3:14-21 (NRSV)
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Reading is something I never seem to have enough time for, but that I do enjoy. However, unlike many of my friends who have cried while reading books, I had never been overtaken by such strong emotion because of the written word or felt that connected to any text before in my life.

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March 15, 2012

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By Alicia Hofer, a sophomore elementary education major from Dolton, S.D.
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:1-10 (NRSV)
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A signature. From learning to write our names in kindergarten, to making payments and filling out paperwork years later, a signature is used to show ownership. It is proof. It has value.

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March 14, 2012

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By Becca Augsburger, a sophomore molecular biology/biochemistry major from Nicholasville, Ky.
SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:4-9 (NRSV)
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In this Old Testament passage, God’s people are feeling forgotten and persecuted because of their wandering in the desert. The Israelites rebuke God with their desire to be back in Egypt where they held the place of slaves instead of the dry, barren desert. They challenge God with their claims and complaints and he responds, but not how they are expecting. (more…)

March 13, 2012

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By Annika Miller, a junior elementary education major from Broadway, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)
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Several Sundays ago, the church I attend in Goshen talked about the power of healing prayer. We recognized the importance of sharing stories of crying out and healing. After the sermon there was a time to go forward to be anointed with water and receive a prayer for healing.

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March 12, 2012

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By Luke Gascho, executive director of Merrry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
THIS WEEK’S THEME: He…overturned the tables
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The materials that I was asked to work with were all dead! In 1972, my college adviser asked if I’d be willing to assist him on a project. The focus was on organic gardening and a main task was to make compost. While this job may not appeal to many, I was eager to sign on to the undertaking.

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March 9, 2012

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By Ross Peterson-Veatch, Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning curriculum director and associate academic dean
SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV)
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Just after the pilot informed us that we had reached cruising altitude and that we could move about the cabin freely, I got to a page in my book that I had read hundreds of times before. (more…)

March 8, 2012

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By Karla Santiago, admission counselor
SCRIPTURE: John 2:13-22 (NRSV)
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During my elementary and middle school years it was not uncommon for my classmates and me to have to sell wrapping paper, cookies, books or other things to raise money for school. I would often bring the sign-up sheet to church and try to persuade people to buy or donate towards my school, which to me was a good cause.

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March 7, 2012

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By Quinn Brenneke, junior business and public relations double major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 19 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Life is crazy, and I’m told that it only gets crazier. Running from class to class and prioritizing group meetings, assignments and projects are only part of a student’s busy life – let alone socializing and fulfilling the promise that “tomorrow, I will go to the gym.” Knowing that work life and family life will be just as demanding is almost as overwhelming as it is exciting. At times, I feel trapped under the busyness of the everyday. It is enough to make me wonder if I’m missing something.

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