DEVOTION: Our Heart Decides What We See ~ Ray Hawkins
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Lenten Reflection February 20
Over the years, on both a personal and professional level, I have found a particular spiritual comfort in the Psalms. Psalm 25: 1-10 reminds us that putting our trust in God provides us with strength and protection throughout our difficult days: “I trust in you; do not let me but put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be to shame ….” Psalm 25 then continues, offering a centering message so important for…
Monthly Preview and Devotion Guide
This Post includes the Monthly Preview and Weekly Devotion Guide for the readings which begin on Monday, August 11th Monthly Preview: Exile and Hope (2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah and Jeremiah) By …
Passion Week Devotion Guide
Discussion Questions What kind of king is Jesus Prayer Prompt Monday, March 26: JESUS CLEANSES THE TEMPLE Reading Discussion Questions How can we pray for our church Prayer Prompt Tuesday, March 27: THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHALLENGED Reading Discussion Questions How should we respond to people in authority over us? Prayer Prompt Wednesday, March 28: THE ANOINTING OF JESUS Reading Discussion Questions What are things in…
Advent Devotion: Day 20
And, as the angel described this impending miracle to Mary, he confirmed to her that, for God, nothing is impossible! (v. 37) There are many other times in the Bible where we are given the promise that all things are possible with God and nothing is impossible. One of them is in my absolute favorite verse, Philippians 4:13, which says: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I try to keep this in mind when life's troubles come my way…
10 Meatless Meals for the Lenten Season
We're two weeks into the Lenten season, which means that those of you maintaining a meatless diet are probably either bored by your dinner or running out of inspiring vegetarian recipes. Never fear! We've got the fix for carrying you through to Easter. Here, a collection of ten mouthwatering meatless meals for the Lenten season.
Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Guide
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Catherine of Siena, Our Lenten Guide
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 During Lent, we all need mentors who can guide us down this twisting and arduous 40 day path. Let me suggest that you may have to look to church history to find those mentors. I have been helped immensely by Catherine of Siena as I walk through this holy season of Lent, because she models for us the pathway out of all kinds of temptations Catherine of Siena, or I should say, Saint Siena, lived in the 14th century.…
Excerpted from the Council’s 2019 Lenten Reflection Guide for Lectionary Year C. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” He also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no …
Lenten Devotional for Tuesday, February 20
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Her walk in life was filled with love, faith, and beautiful music. ... Read More
What Wondrous Love
Scripture: John 3:14-21 What wondrous love is this oh my soul, oh my soul… Have you ever pondered while singing this familiar Lenten song, how one describes God’s love? Do the overused and insufficient words of “super,” “great,” “wonderful,” and “amazing” ring a bit too hollow to describe God’s everlasting love for creation, including you and me(!) Suppose a daughter were to ask her parent to…
Limited Devotion: A Non-Deadhead's Guide to the Grateful Dead
Plenty of things make the Grateful Dead a band that should completely disinterest me: The marathon concerts, the unflinchingly loyal (and oft-lampooned) fanbase, that the band's surviving members attempt to keep the dream alive despite the decades-long absences of key players. And let's not start on the noodling. Oh, the noodling. It would appear as though the deck is stacked against any likelihood of my being a 'Deadhead.'
Lenten Carbon Fast
People came out to the desert to hear John the Baptist. People followed Jesus everywhere he went. Because we long to turn our lives towards God, we are eager to hear effective preaching - preaching that asks us to turn. And such preaching prompts conversation. In talking with someone else, we begin to realize we can actually change; we can pivot; we can turn towards God Action Keeping this in mind, consider the results of a recent Yale poll : 67% of Americans…
What Is Devotion?
A young girl devotee explaining the meaning of devotion.
Lenten Daily Readings
How to Save a Soul
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Verse 36 has been a part of my life seemingly forever, but this version is not the way it is in my consciousness. For that version, I had to search my home for a King James Bible with the familiar verse “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” In a place where I protect my family memorabilia I found two – my mother’s well-worn and my more pristine…
Daily Lenten Devotion, March 20
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak." - Mark 7:37 In this passage from Mark, we read two accounts of Jesus' healing: in one a woman whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit and in another, a man who could not speak or hear. These two individuals, most likely lesser members of society, came to see and seek Jesus with such faith and trust. They must…
How abortion played a part in Celine Dion’s devotion to her husband and family
Lenten Devotional February 20
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the…
Daily Lenten Devotion, March 10
Both of these scripture passages relate to individuals placing faith not in their own capabilities, but turning to God for help and deliverance. The mother of Moses leaving him in a basket in the river to escape slavery and have a chance for a better life. The disciples turning to Jesus to calm the waters when their boat was in danger of swamping. In both cases these folks knew that their own resources would not be enough, and their faith carried them through…