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We Want to See Jesus

Read: Some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip told Jesus. Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to…

Loving Fully

Read John 13:1-20 here https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13%3A1-20&version=CEB “Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.” -John 13:1 Reflect: It is clear that the crowds who hoped Jesus would come to the…

Tattoo it On

      According to God’s promise, we are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found by him in peace- pure and faultless. . . Grow in the grace and…

Unfailing Love

The Lord proclaims: The people who survived the sword     found grace in the wilderness. As Israel searched for a place of rest,     the Lord appeared to them from a distance: I have loved you with a love that lasts forever.     And so with unfailing love,         I have drawn you to myself. -Jeremiah 31:2,3 The first half of Jeremiah is lots…

Giving Up Indifference

Isn’t this the fast I choose:     releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke,     setting free the mistreated,     and breaking every yoke? -Isaiah 58:6 Giving up something for Lent can be a growth experience of being without something that we usually use to fill an emptiness. This is significant spiritual work. And, it can miss…

Futuring Faith

“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your…

Knee Holding

Read: “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to them, ‘Do not fear!’” -Isaiah 35:3-4a Reflect: Do you ever talk to yourself? Surely most of us do (please tell me I’m not alone!). Isaiah is giving instructions from God to people who are in exile, waiting for God to act on…

30 Minutes

Read: The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.” So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the Lord! He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid…

Springing Forth

“My lover spoke and said to me, “Rise up, my dearest,         my fairest, and go. Here, the winter is past;         the rains have come and gone. Blossoms have appeared in the land;         the season of singing has arrived,         and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land.” -Song of Solomon 2:10-12 The irises are…

Two Mugs

The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.” –Luke 3:10, 11 Jesus is coming on the scene, and his friend John is helping prepare for his arrival. John gets the crowd ready…

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