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March 15, 2011

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By Jodi Beyeler, news bureau director
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-4 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Last year, my sister and her husband received a phone call on April Fools’ Day that turned their lives upside down. Fortunately it wasn’t a joke: the twin boys they sought to adopt had been born…almost two months early!
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March 14, 2011

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By Luke Gascho, director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
THIS WEEK’S THEME: The Lord is your keeper

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Opening the lid on the beehive was always an awe-inspiring experience. After gently sending a few wisps of smoke into the entrance of the hive, I could open the box and peer inside. Each bee had a role: queen, worker, guards and drones. For a few moments I was part of their world. Some bees would fly around me checking to see if I was minding my business, while I examined the colony for health, rearranged frames and periodically removed honey. I always found this time to be a relaxing, reflective, holy moment.
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March 11, 2011

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By Sarah Rody, a senior mathematics major from Sterling, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV)
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I have recently started to take the time to bake my own bread, and there are few things I like more than the feel of the bread dough as I knead it, or the smell of the hot fresh bread as it comes out of the oven. I love eating bread, and that’s even when I’ve had plenty to eat for the last 40 days. Bread is a wonderful thing. Is it so awful to want to eat bread?
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March 10, 2011

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By James E. Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32 (NRSV)
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It’s not every day that someone says to me, “Don’t be such a mule!” or some even more blunt version. And yet, here, in Scripture, the Psalmist says just that (v. 9). Got my attention! And so I sit up and listen. Just what is it that I do or do not do that reflects such stubbornness to warrant being called a “donkey” or worse by the Psalmist?
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March 9, 2011

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By Bob Yoder, campus pastor

WELCOME:
Welcome to Goshen College’s online devotional series for the 2011 Lenten season! “Becoming Human: Called and Shaped by Jesus” is this year’s theme taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources. Lent is the season of the church year in which we focus particular attention on foundational questions of our existence. This Lenten season we ask: What does it mean for us to be created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?
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February 28, 2011

What does it mean for us to be the created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?

Goshen College again offers an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent. Beginning March 9 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 24  (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages. Many writers will reflect on the Lenten theme: “Becoming Human: Called and Shaped by Jesus.” (Our Lenten theme is based on the worship resources developed in Leader Magazine, a quarterly publication of Mennonite Publishing Network. For further information go to www.leaderonline.org.)

The devotions will reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of assurances of faith. The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.

Since 2001, Goshen College annually celebrates special seasons of the church calendar, particularly Advent and Lent, with online devotions. The popularity of the devotions continues to grow each year and there are now more than 9,000 online subscribers, representing many different denominational backgrounds and countries.

April 4, 2010

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By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor
SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18 (NRSV)
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Today we proclaim and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Together with Christians the world over, we proclaim, “The Lord is risen!” With Mary Magdalene we call out, “we have seen the Lord.” (more…)

April 3, 2010

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By Ruth Stoltzfus, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)
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When I was a child, my Sunday School teacher gave each of us an old dried up lump of something. She had us put this lump in a pot of dirt, gave us instructions to water it regularly and put it in the sunshine with the promise that soon our lump would look just like the beautiful picture of a flower that she showed us. And, of course she was right, that lump grew into a beautiful daffodil. (more…)

April 2, 2010

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By Bethany Swope, director of church relations
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:47-23:49 (NRSV)
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We know the Good Friday story. We also know that it’s not the end of the story, that resurrection awaits.

But for today, we linger in the deep sadness and disillusionment of the followers of Jesus. We grieve for his mother, as she watches the suffering of her beloved yet puzzling gift from Yahweh. We get angry with those who mock Jesus, but question if we really would have had the courage to do better than Peter. (more…)

April 1, 2010

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By Heather Zimmerman, a senior American Sign Language major from Barrigada, Guam
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:7-46 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When I read this passage, I was struck by Jesus and Simon Peter’s conversation. Jesus predicts Simon’s denial in verses 31-32 saying that, “Simon… But I have pleaded in prayer for you … that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” I think this is truly amazing because Jesus let go of the rejection that Simon would cause him in his self-serving denial and extended grace, forgiveness and encouragement. This was a truly loving thing God allowed to happen. (more…)

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