Archive | February 2013

Second Week of Lent | David Dark

Psalm 70, 71 Jeremiah 4:9-10, 19-28 Romans 2:12-24 John 5:19-29 Given the push we often feel to make a positive and therefore winning impression in our workaday worlds, surrounded by signs, subtle and not-so-subtle, urging us to hurry up and matter, the discipline of looking hard at where we are, how we feel and what […]

Second Week of Lent | Angie Bryant

Psalms 72 Jeremiah 3:6-18 Romans 1:28-2:11 John 5:1-18 The prayer of David in Psalm 72 seems to foreshadow the plight and promise for all mankind. Mankind, despite its sinful nature, is greatly loved by God. Jeremiah describes the faithlessness of Israel, a nation chosen by God. Her immorality mattered so little to her and extended […]

Second Week of Lent | Harry Chapman

Psalm 61, 62 Jeremiah 2:1-13 Romans 1:16-25 John 4:43-54 Recently, I confessed to a friend that I am a worrier. “I worry about everything,” I told him in a joking way, adding, “I can even worry about the sun coming up tomorrow!” We all know that is not the way God intended for us to […]

Second Week of Lent | Jamie Adam

Psalms 56, 57, 58 Jeremiah 1:11-19 Romans 1:1-15 John 4:27-42 Recently, I was circling the parking garage on campus looking for a parking space. It was an especially busy time of the day and I knew finding a space on any of the levels would be very difficult. After making several laps and even waiting […]

Second Week of Lent | Daniel Warner

Psalm 27 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a) During the Lenten season I usually end up thinking about self-denial. I may be thinking about giving up sweets, or deleting my Facebook, or committing to wake up earlier to read my Bible, but I am definitely thinking about giving something up. […]

First Week of Lent | Donna Gwaltney

Psalm 55 Deuteronomy 11:18-28 Hebrews 5:1-10 John 4:1-26 “Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.”  (Hebrews 5:1 ) Many years ago we lived in South Florida. To save some money on a flight home […]

First Week of Lent | Ryan Pino

Psalms 40, 54 Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Hebrews 4:11-16 John 3:22-36 The truth is, we’re all so very weak. We may act like we have it all together, but at the end of the day, nobody needs to remind us that we’re broken people. We know. There are some things in life that are givens: you know, […]

1st Week of Lent | Elle Sanders

Psalms 50, 59, 60 Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5 Hebrews 4:1-10 John 3:16-21 This Lenten season, let’s go beyond a gesture of will power expressed through the suppressed appetites, for the Lord does not desire sacrifices (Psalm 50:6-15). Instead, He desires eternal intimacy with his beloved children (John 3:17). So then, if life is not meant to be […]

Week 1 of Lent | Todd Lake

Psalm 119:49-72 Deuteronomy 9:13-21 Hebrews 3:12-19 John 2:23-3:15 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (John 3:14-15) Jesus assumes that we are in a very bad way without Him. We are like people […]

First Tuesday of Lent | Alysia Green

Psalm 45 Deuteronomy 9:4-12 Hebrews 3:1-11 John 2:13-22 Think back to the time when you were four. No matter what type of community you lived in, be it a city with bustling traffic or a small farming town with tractors and trucks, you had roads. And, when you were four, your parents (if they were the least […]