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Lent 2018: Day Thirty Four

1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The very first word in this reading stops me in my tracks. Beloved. I want to … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Thirty Three

James 1:5

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.

I laughed out loud when I saw the list assigning my name to this reading. … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Thirty Two

Ephesians 2:10

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

My father was a general contractor. Growing up as a child, I would … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Thirty One

Ephesians 1:22-23

And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The preschool director stood … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Thirty

Colossians 3:4

When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Many Israelites died by the bites of snakes in the wilderness. God told Moses to make a bronze snake and … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Twenty Nine

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God.

It is true. If I depended on my own faith to carry me, I would have … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Twenty Eight

Colossians 1:27

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

In this letter to the Colossians the word the apostle Paul used … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Twenty Seven

2 Corinthians 4:6

For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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Lent 2018: Day Twenty Six

I Corinthians 15:1 – 2

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if … Read More

Lent 2018: Day Twenty Five

1 Corinthians 12:27 (RSV)

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

The message of the Apostle Paul to the church in this passage is remarkable: the unity in diversity. As one body of Christ our … Read More