Devotion: Mary at the Cross

No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child. It is contrary to nature’s life cycle of parents preceding their children in death. Reading this passage in John, we see Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her spiritual family near the cross of Jesus looking...
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Devotion: Faith, Not Fear

Faith, Not Fear In his live-streamed sermon this past Sunday, Pastor. Eric unpacked the meaning of three encounters Jesus has on his walk to the cross. Simon of Cyrene is conscripted to carry his cross. Women followers of Jesus are weeping for what’s coming. And the Pharisees are...
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Devotion: Pilate

Pilate Pilate was definitely in a tough situation with Jesus. While we know he wasn’t a good person, he seemed to recognize Jesus was innocent and that sentencing him to die would be unjust. He also saw that refusing to convict Jesus would lead to chaos among the crowd who had...
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Devotion: Pain Hurts

Luke 22:39-46 Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down...
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Lent Ingathering

For Lent we are asking each Sheridan household to commit to the 40 Days, 40 Items Lenten Ingathering. You can choose to meet one of two suggested needs: Elders at Tabitha or individuals/families at Barnabas or do both! Here is how it works: Find a bag, box or tote. (Use 2...
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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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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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