Lent Day 25

Peter, Matthew 16:13 – 28 A pivotal moment, a pivotal statement. Peter and Jesus have grown so close. When Jesus asks the million-dollar question (who do you say I am?), Peter is the first to speak up and he gets it right. All the time they have spent together has…

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Lent Day 24

Canaanite Woman, Matthew 15:21 – 28 This passage bothers me and it bothers a lot of people. There isn’t another passage like this in the gospels. A woman comes to Jesus and pleads for the life of her sick child. This is not a new request – we have seen…

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Lent Day 23

Young Boy, John 6:1-14 I have been fighting with this devotion all day. I did not want to give in and seem like I was a ‘there aren’t any miracles that can’t’ be explained’ groupie. The feeding of the 5,000 is only miracle story that happens in all four Gospels…

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Lent Day 22

Thaddaeus, Matthew 10:5-20 What a great name – Thaddaeus. I’m guessing we don’t know a lot of guys with that name today. Surprisingly with a name as unique as that, it doesn’t seem to be his only name. In Luke’s gospel, there is no Thaddaeus, but we do find a…

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Lent Day 21

Woman Healed of Bleeding, Mark 5:21-43 (these are my thoughts on the reflections from the Lenten devotional booklet, Meeting Jesus) Desperate times call for desperate measures. According to the internet (the source of all great wisdom these days), this expression originated with the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. In his work…

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Lent Day 20

Jairus, Luke 8:40 – 55 This man has always had my sympathies. He battles his way through the crowd to get to Jesus. If he hadn’t been the leader of the synagogue, he never would have made it to the front of the line – obviously rank has its privileges….

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Lent Day 19

Mark 5:1-20, Gerasene Citizen I think the last question in today’s reflection really nailed it. Exactly how much is one person worth? What would you give for the life of a child, grandchild or god child? Everything you had, right? But how do we judge the worth of folks totally…

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Lent Day 18

Mark 4:35-41, James The Sea of Galilee, at approximately 700 feet BELOW sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake on earth. This area is known for its violent storms, which can come up without warning. I got to witness this first hand when I was in Israel. Fortunately, I was…

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Lent Day 17

Mark 3:31 – 35, Jesus’ brother Family — can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Member of our families have a unique ability to push our buttons and they have had years of practice to get it just right. Proverbs tells us that, “Iron sharpens iron, and one person…

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Lent Day 16

Luke 7:18-35, Disciple of John the Baptist Boy, did I get myself into trouble over John the Baptist when I was in seminary! I was working as a pastoral intern at a downtown church and it was my turn to preach. The lectionary passage may have been this or another…

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