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February 22, 2010


By Karina Rohrer-Meck, a first-year nursing major from Archbold, Ohio

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Stand firm in the Lord

The theme of week two of Lent is “Stand firm in the Lord.” This can be more challenging than it sounds. There are day-to-day struggles and temptations that cause it to be very difficult to stand firm in the Lord. An encouraging word is written in Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (more…)

February 19, 2010


By Chris Wood, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:1-13 (NRSV)
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The season of Lent is a time not usually found among most people’s top 10 favorites. However, this year’s Goshen College theme “Holding On and Letting Go” cries out for notice, especially in view of the temptation narrative found in Luke 4:1-13. (more…)

February 18, 2010


By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (NRSV)
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Editor’s note: Apologies for when this was first posted there was an additional paragraph included in error. It has been corrected.


The Lenten season is that period in the church year when we symbolically walk the last mile with Christ to his execution on the cross. It is a 40-day affair. Indeed, it parallels the first 40 days of Jesus’ ministry, as well, when he fasted and prayed in the desert only to be sorely tempted by the devil to throw in the towel, to quit, to stop before he even got started. (more…)

February 17, 2010


By Bob Yoder, campus pastor


Welcome to Goshen College’s online devotional series for the 2010 Lent season! “Holding On and Letting Go” is this year’s theme taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources. A time for reflection and soul searching, the season of Lent calls us to follow Jesus, watch what he does, listen to what he says and identify with Jesus in his mission. The closer we come to Jesus, the more we become aware of the ways our lives and actions may not reflect the life and vision of Jesus. (more…)

February 5, 2010

What are you holding on to and need to let go of this year? 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 Feb. 17 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 4 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages. Many writers will reflect on the Lenten theme: “Holding on and letting go.” (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 8,300 online subscribers, representing many different denominational backgrounds and countries.

April 12, 2009


By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor
SCRIPTURE: Mark 16:1-8 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: In reflecting upon the Easter story as recounted in the Gospel of Mark, it sometimes feels like I’ve been taken back to my childhood and offered a ‘choose your own adventure’ novel! Which ending would you like? According to the footnotes of the New Revised Standard Version, some of the most ancient authorities have the resurrection account of Mark ending at verse 8 and so that will be the ending I’ll work with for this devotional. (more…)

April 11, 2009


By Ann Hostetler, professor of English
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: In this passage, the writer of Acts shares a radical new insight — that Christ’s message breaks through borders of nation and creed, not with military might, but with the power of love. In our own era, we are charged with spreading the message of a loving God not only across borders, but through time, enacting Christ’s love afresh in the context of our own world and in our daily lives. I offer the following poem as a meditation on Christ’s resurrection in our own time. (more…)

April 10, 2009


By Jennifer Halteman Schrock, Merry Lea public program coordinator
SCRIPTURE: Mark 15:1-39 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: This year I am reading the crucifixion story through the lens of an unknown photographer’s camera. One of my responsibilities as a member of the Lenten planning committee at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, has been to choose visual images to project during the scripture readings. For me, these kinds of juxtapositions are a form of Bible study that can break open the text in new ways. (more…)

April 9, 2009


By Skip Barnett, international student advisor and associate professor of English
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: Today is known as Maundy Thursday, the day Christians remember the very first communion when Jesus enacted the bread and wine ceremony that symbolized God’s love for fallen humankind. (more…)

April 8, 2009


By Julie Armstrong, assistant professor of American Sign Language
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: What do you think of when you hear or see the word “prayer”? I have to be honest, I often think of what “bad” things are going on in my life and how God needs to help me. (more…)

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