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  • Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:00pm

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Submitted by Stu Ritter, Interim Pastor  

    Prayer: On this Holy Saturday, the day before Easter, may Paul’s words inspire us to look beyond the physical world, embracing the new reality made possible by the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

    Scripture: Romans 8:1-11

    Today’s Devotion: Paul’s letters establish a high standard for those who follow him in the faith. More than “a hard act to follow,” Paul seems to set the bar so high that no mere mortal could cross it. Yet, after two millennia, his words continue to inspire us.

    Why are we not discouraged? Why do we not give up? Why do we still believe and hope for “the impossible”?

    The simple answer, of course, is TOMORROW. When the sun rises tomorrow morning, our celebration of Easter begins. With the resurrection, we’ll be reminded once more of Jesus’ assurance that “for mortals, [salvation] is impossible; but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

    That sounds nice; but let’s face it: we’re cerebral creatures — rational beings, trained to seek a logical explanation for anything we’re asked to believe. In Romans 8, Paul addresses our empiricism by declaring it null and void! “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:2). And “if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10).

    Cathy
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:00pm

    Good Friday, April 18, 2014

    Submitted by Sarah Koch

    Prayer:  Lord Jesus, please help us, your children, to remember that in good times and in bad, we belong to you. Our faith ensures this fact. You deliberately prepared a place, time, and journey for each of us in this world, and you prepare a place for us in eternity with you. We can rest in the comfort of this knowledge. Amen.

    Scripture:  Lamentations 3:1-9

    Today’s Devotion: These verses bring to mind that there are times when, as children of God, we can feel as if we have been “forgotten” by Him, even though through faith, we know it isn’t so. Perhaps we are facing adversity and prayers aren’t being answered to our liking. Or maybe the same life issue repeats itself, despite efforts to change things. This can make us feel that sense of “homelessness,” of not feeling anchored. During these times, it is especially important to remember that God is indeed our home and our anchor. Meditations and Bible studies on these themes would be most important at these times of insecurity.

    Cathy
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:00pm

    Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Submitted by Taylor Buchanan

    Prayer: Dear Lord, thanks for being our Dad. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to live in the light with you. We ask that during our suffering, you help us to remember your love, and give us the strength and the courage to face the darkness. Amen.

    Scripture: Lamentations 2:10-18

    Today’s Devotion: Humanity can be really ugly. We are a sinful people, living in a sin-filled world. Each day we witness injustice; we see hate and hardship and we wonder at the pains of life. Yes, this world is full of darkness. But the cool thing about it is that “darkness” itself does not exist. Darkness is but empty space, absent of light.

    We created this mess because God made it to be so. Now, we are given the opportunity to be the light through His son Jesus Christ. If we choose to walk with the Lord, we carry His light, and sadness and suffering and helplessness transform into opportunities for joy, deliverance, and hope. We realize that we’re not trapped on Earth, separated from God’s kingdom, but that His kingdom is already here.

    We are carriers of God’s light. So when we see darkness, we should not fall to our knees in agony, rather we should trust in the Lord and walk toward it, so that we can fill the empty space with His love.

    When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

    Cathy
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:00pm

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Submitted by Sherry Zajaczkowski, Deacon

    Prayer: Dear God, we praise you because you have a plan for us to find you. Help us focus not on what we don’t know, but instead on what we do know about you. Amen.

    Scripture: Mark 12:1-11

    Today’s Devotion: I often spend time asking myself the wrong questions. This is certainly the case anytime I find myself facing the parables of Jesus. In my first reading of the “Parable of the Tenants” in Mark, I focused on the landowner, the vineyard and the tenants. I looked at parallel translations; I Googled interpretations. I circled words and wrote in their possible meaning. I was pretty impressed with my process but I still didn’t have any real insight. As I sat back and looked at my work, I was struck by the clarity of the final verses, which read: “The stone which the builder rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

    It was suddenly clear. It had nothing to do with vineyard and tenants. There were no confusing words nor seemingly outdated poetry. Just Jesus himself. He is our cornerstone and it is marvelous.

    Cathy