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Holy Saturday - April 20

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Lamentations 3:23-24. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The book of Lamentations is the only book in the Old Testament that consists solely of laments. It is written, after all, after the...

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Good Friday - April 19

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John 19:26. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. For me, this...

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Maundy Thursday - April 18

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John 13:8. Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ A lesson in humility and love. In this passage Jesus is speaking to Peter who cannot accept that Jesus, the Master, should serve him, the servant. But Jesus is showing Peter that He did not come to be...

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Wednesday in Holy Week - April 17

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Hebrews 12:3. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. One of our enduring human traits is to quickly put the “I” forward and dwell on our perceived (or real!) hurts and transgressions, and push down...

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Tuesday in Holy Week - April 16

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1 Corinthians 1:18. The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Lent is a time of contemplation and preparation for Easter.  It is focused on repentance - making a change in our attitudes, words and...

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Monday In Holy Week - April 15

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John 12:1-3. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. In this...

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The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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Luke 23:42. ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ When Rachel and I used to visit Scotland over a period of twelve years, we would stay with our daughter Julie and her family.  Her husband, Matt, was the pastor of the local Church of Scotland church and...

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LENT 2019 - Saturday, April 13

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Psalm 85:6-7. Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. It is the 8th day of “snowpocalypse,” one of the more extreme early Februarys in recent memory.  My cute, fancy automobile does not...

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LENT 2019 - Friday, April 12

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Jeremiah 31:33. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  When God first gave the Law to Israel, it...

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LENT 2019 - Thursday, April 11

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Psalm 105:4. Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek his face. This verse, which highlights God’s strength, brings me comfort. It lets me know that I am never alone. This verse reminds us that it’s okay to need God’s help and support and encourages us to...

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