Lent 25: Stranded in the desert

by Gary Maring Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 60:17-22, Matthew 9:27-34 This winter has been ‘desert times’ for many; particularly for the poor, unemployed, and homeless in America. For the homeless it has been especially brutal; the frigid weather this winter has brought countless deaths on the street. Food stamp benefits...

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Lent 24:April Fools?

by Serena McGuire Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 42:14-21, Colossians 1:9-14 How did these passages wind up together?  One speaks of praise, happiness, justice, freedom and healing. The next of travail, waste, drought, shame. Then the third of bearing fruit, glorious might, and sharing the inheritance. Is putting them together some...

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Lent 23:Live in your Light

by Crystal Corman Readings: Psalm 146, Isaiah 59:9-19, Acts 9:1-20 Isaiah 59 paints a bleak picture. It describes people most certainly in a desert place and time, where justice is nowhere to be found, darkness pervades and in response people growl and moan. They wait for justice, but there is...

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Lent 22: Light

By Jack Reiffer Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 15:32-34, John 1:1-9 And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15 I recently heard a good preacher say that he learned by sad experience not to let a “biblical stink bomb” go off in the service...

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Lent 21: Psalm 23

by Marquita Jones Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 15:22-31, Ephesians 5:1-9 As I write this devotion, I am in the midst of one of the most challenging seasons of my adult life: bearing through financially tough times, healing from deep heartache, and facing my deepest fears knowing that they must...

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Lent 20: Get Refreshed

by Ella Cleveland Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 15:10-21, Ephesians 4:25-32 How does one get refreshed in these desert times—these arid, barren, and difficult times? You may start by praying Psalm 23. I like to act it out, that is, lie down in the green pasture, grass, or carpet.  Let...

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Lent 19: God’s Goodness

Cindy Olson Readings: Psalm 81, Jeremiah 2:4-13, John 7:14-31, 37-39 God’s Goodness and Israel’s Waywardness Daily droughts, toxic waters, lands made desolate by human hands are in the news. Droughts in the Southwest and California and toxins in water supplies in nearby West Virginia are spoiling the plentiful land our...

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Lent 18: Radical Love

by Hierald Kane-Osorto Readings: Psalm 81, Genesis 29:1-14, 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10 He said, “Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time...

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Lent 17: Soul Process

by Bianca Vazquez Readings: Psalm 81, Genesis 24:1-27, 2 John 1-13 In light of this year’s Lenten theme, desert times, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of the desert (our dark places of the soul) as a place of spiritual pilgrimage. There have been seasons of desert times in my...

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