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Devotion: Peter

Luke 22:31-34 (NIV) “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”...
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Devotion: Salvation

Matthew 26:20-24 “When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answere...
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Devotion: Glory Be To Jesus

Matthew 26:62-66The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to...
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Devotion: Compassion

Mark 1:35-39 A Preaching Tour in Galilee “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He...
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Spring Cleaning

Within the last few years my adult daughter has started writing in a journal, and I am often the recipient of some of her musings (advice?) on her not so perfect mother. The latest text I received, from an unknown author, was “in the end, only three things matter: how much...
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Barabbas

Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.  A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.  The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.  “Do you...
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What Will You Give Up?

Romans 12:1 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you...
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Devotion: The Gift of Family

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”   ...
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Devotion: Hope

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly,...
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Devotion: Forgiveness

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not...
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Feasting & Fasting

In previous years, my Lenten practices were focused around something to give up.  I often felt compelled to give up chocolate or sugar, as they were both go-to vices of mine.  I would use this practice as a way to remind myself of all that Christ had given up for me. This often...
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Devotion: Gethsemane

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved,...
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