Holy Monday •The Curse of Busyness

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” – John 14:9 Many people today like to think about Jesus as a really nice, agreeable, weak sort of man. Some would characterize him as the “kind and gentle” face of God. While it is true that Jesus was often kind and gentle with the people he came into contact with, he …

Lent Devotional #25 • The Lamb Who Serves

Read Exodus 12:1-14 and John 13:1-17, 31-35 Think about the most humble person you know. Got that person in mind? Now, how much power, authority, or influence does that person have? Unfortunately, the person you have in mind probably isn’t the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or on trajectory to become our next President. In our world today, power, …

Lent Devotional #24 • Abraham Rejoiced to See Me

Read Genesis 17:3-9 and John 8:51-59  When is the last time that you eagerly waited for something with such hope and expectation that you were visibly full of nervous excitement? This is the kid at Christmas that can’t wait to rip open her presents. This is the husband that can’t stop crying when he sees his bride in her white …

Lent Devotional #22 • Son of Man Lifted

Read John 8:21-30 and Numbers 21:4-9 Jesus came to his own people speaking to them about their shared history. Three times in theGospel of John. Jesus makes an explicit reference to an odd tale from the Israelites time in thewilderness under Moses. We see one of those references in John 8:28. “ 28  So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted …

Lent Devotional #21 • Jennifer Pugh

Read Joshua 2:1-14 & John 8:1-11 In both Joshua and John, we see women in need of a rescue.  Rahab was trapped in a lifestyle that only leads to death. The woman in adultery was about to receive the consequences of adultery and idolatry:  death.  Whether these women willingly made these choices or were victims of circumstance, we simply don’t …

Lenten Devotional #20 • Silencing the Prophets

Read Jeremiah 26:8-11 and John 7:25-30 We hold the memory of Biblical prophets in such high regard that we would consider the calling to be an honor. And it is, in fact an honor to be given the task to speak the very words of God. But the Old Testament prophets led a lonely, unpopular existence of threats and suffering. …

Lenten Devotional #19 • Justin Whitener

Break the Law Read Exodus 32:7-14 & John 5:31-46 Exodus 32 is one of my favorite passages of the Old Testament.  To quickly summarize chapter 32, Moses is on Mt. Sinai meeting with God about the 10 commandments when the people of Israel grew impatient and decided to melt all their gold to create a golden calf to worship.  God …

Lenten Devotional #18 • The Authority of the Son

Read Psalm 145:4-13 and John 5:17-29 God acts and God speaks. Those two truths are the most important things that any of us canknow about the way that the universe works. These truths are also far from certain in thehopeless view of life so most of the world around us has bought into.These truths are also the bedrock for having …

Lenten Devotional #17 • Exalted Lord over the Sabbath

Read Psalm 46 and John 5:1-16 Your life is probably busy. You have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. And what does God tell you to do about that? He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the midst of all the busyness and commotion of life, God says to be …

Lenten Devotional #16 • The Davidic Covenant

Read 2 Samuel 7:1-16 Last week Psalm 95 gave us an example of how to worship God as a mighty creator exalted above his creation. This week we are brought deeper into the life of King David, the worshipper-in-chief of the nation.  The ark of the covenant has returned to the City of David. David humbled himself “dancing with all …