Tagged: Lent

Fountains of Mercy–a free devotion for Lent

Have mercy on me, O God,             according to your unfailing love;             according to your great compassion             blot out my transgressions.             Wash away all my iniquity             and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1–2 Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Liturgical churches have repeated this refrain for centuries….

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The Jelly Bean Prayer–a free devotion for children’s ministry

Introduction Jesus died on the cross on the day Christians call “Good Friday.” Then, on Resurrection Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead. He will never die again! That’s why, for Christians, Resurrection Day is one of the happiest days of the year. Getting to the Heart First, let’s talk about why we need the gift…

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Let’s Make a Name for Ourselves!–a free devotion

Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves. Genesis 11:4 How do you define sin? The classic answer wraps itself around concepts like “missing the mark,” “disobedience,” and “trespassing.” Genesis 11 tells about the people who built the Tower…

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Christ Was Cursed, We Are Blessed

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). By their nature, crosses are simple shapes, neither complex nor intricate. Yet the cross of Jesus is deeply mysterious. In that cross, all kinds of opposites come…

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God Does Not Wink–a free devotion for tonight’s meeting

In his forbearance [God] had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished (Romans 3:25). Many years ago I led a children’s devotion using a jar of applesauce, a very moldy jar of applesauce! My student volunteer loved applesauce, until he saw my jar. Then he wanted nothing to do with it. Would you? I offered him…

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Falling a Little Short–a free devotion

Falling a Little Short All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 Anyone who sets goals knows what it means to fall short. It is one thing to fall short of a production quota at work or to have our 401k’s growth fall short of what we expected for retirement….

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Scripture’s Spring TrainingDevotional Thoughts

I’m a big fan of baseball (especially the world champion St. Louis Cardinals)! Spring Training is underway and a new season will soon be upon us. Using baseball terms, I’ve adapted some devotional thoughts as we journey to the cross and tomb this spring, reminded that a new season of life comes with Jesus’ death…

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Days of Reflection

Christians from many different traditions use the weeks and days leading up to Easter as a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate Easter with joy. As we journey through Lent, I like to spend quiet time reflecting. This year, I find my thoughts focused on what I do and do not have. Most people…

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Fat Tuesday–a free devotion for you

C. S. Lewis may have been the first to tell about the little boy who was asked what God is like. The boy responds in words like these: “God’s the sort of fellow who goes around looking for someone who’s having fun—and tries to stop ’em.” This picture of God, mistaken though it is, nonetheless…

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Making Easter Memorable

It’s a truism in marketing. Customers must see an ad 5–7 times before it has any potential for changing their behavior. That’s why Nike puts its “swoosh” everywhere, positioning it prominently in televised sports and other athletic venues.  It’s also why more and more churches have begun to look for ways to “theme” major celebrations—like…

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