Lent

Terror: An Easter Morning Devo for Youthworkers

“So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”  Mark 16:8 NRSV What brings terror to your day?  For me, often I feel seized with terror when it is my turn to do the children’s sermon on Sunday morning.  Something about 50 kids ...

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Liminal Saturday

John 19:38-42 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing ...

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A Different Perspective

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them[a] with her hair. The house was ...

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The Last Word

Psalm 31:9-16; Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbours, ...

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Predictions

31 Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. 33 After they have flogged him, ...

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A Place Prepared – Lenten Devotional

After Moses and Aaron work with God to free the Israelites from Egypt, and God has given the 10 commandments to Moses for the people of Israel, God then gives Moses the task of making the Tabernacle or tent of meeting. Essentially, this portable tent, is God’s place among his people. The 10 commandments are placed in an ark, which ...

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The Requirement for New Life

When you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this observance?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our ...

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Reaching

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negev. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of ...

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Isaiah, Homer, Percy Jackson and Me

The title of this devotion sounds like the first line of a really bad joke. Let me attempt to connect what may seem like random dots. Let’s start with Homer (not The Simpson’s icon), the ancient Greek Poet. This is the guy who is famous for writing “epic” poems.  His most famous works are the Iliad and the Odyssey, which ...

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How Can This Be Done?

Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets[a] cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the ...

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