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Lent 2021 | Devotionals

Daily Devotionals for Lent 2021

We invite you to join us each week day during Lent for a short devotional.

For each day’s devotions, light a candle to symbolize the Holy Spirit with you during this time.

God is not out there or back there or yet to be, but hidden in the most ordinary things of our ordinary lives.” – Sally McFague

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Holy Saturday

April 3, 2021

Holy Saturday is the seventh and final day of Holy Week. Jesus’ body is in the garden tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, where he and Nicodemus had prepared the body...

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Good Friday

April 2, 2021

Good Friday is the sixth day of Holy Week. After Jesus’ betrayal in the garden, he is dragged before a Jewish tribunal led by the high priest, Caiaphas. They place...

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Holy Thursday

April 1, 2021

Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) is the fifth day of Holy Week. Jesus gathers with his disciples in an “upper room” (a room that would have been a...

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Holy Wednesday

March 31, 2021

Holy Wednesday is the fourth day of Holy Week. On this day, church history remembers two very different responses to Jesus. The disciple Judas is remembered as the betrayer of...

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Holy Tuesday

March 30, 2021

Holy Tuesday is the third day of Holy Week. On the Mount of Olives, west of Jerusalem and overlooking its grandeur, many great biblical events occurred. Approximately 200 feet above...

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Deep Roots and Fruit

March 25, 2021

Scripture Reading | Jeremiah 17:7-8 Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who rely on the Lord.  They will be like trees planted by the streams, whose roots reach down to the...

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The Fruit of Love

March 24, 2021

Scripture Readings John 15:5 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you...

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Jesus and Figs

March 23, 2021

Scripture Reading | Luke 13:6-9 6 Jesus told this parable: “A man owned a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 He said...

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Wolves and Fruit

March 22, 2021

Scripture Reading | Matthew 7:15-20 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruit. Do...

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The Gift of Water and New Creation

March 19, 2021

Scripture Reading | Revelation 22:17 17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who is thirsty come! Let the one...

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Washed with Pure Water!

March 18, 2021

Scripture Reading | Romans 6:1-4 6 So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? 2 Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can...

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Good Water and Bad Water

March 17, 2021

Scripture Reading | Proverbs 25:25-26 25 Good news from a distant landis like cold water for a weary person.26 A righteous person giving in to the wickedis like a contaminated springor a...

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Shame and Living Water … I Need You Now

March 16, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-30 Click here to read the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.  Reflections This is a story that has always gripped me. I think...

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Pour It Out

March 15, 2021

Scripture: Isaiah 44:3-4 3 I will pour out water upon thirsty ground and streams upon dry land. I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants and my blessing upon your offspring.  4 They will spring up from...

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In Jesus’ Shoes

March 12, 2021

Settle into your comfy chair, light a candle, and invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into this time. SCRIPTURE Matthew 27:32 Matthew 16:24 “ As they were going out,...

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Kingdom Walking

March 11, 2021

READINGS Matt. 4:18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the...

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Running Shoes

March 10, 2021

Reading:  Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and...

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The Laces of Jesus’ Sandals

March 9, 2021

READINGS Matthew 3: 1-3 (NIV) In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he...

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The Word Walking In Our Shoes

March 8, 2021

Readings: John 1:14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of...

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Give Us Our Daily Bread

March 5, 2021

 Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15   Reflections: The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps one of the most famous prayers in Christian history. It is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. In...

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Introduction to Lent

The single most important event for Christians since it’s very beginning is the resurrection of Jesus. The early church felt that Easter was a great time to celebrate new life and entrance into the body of Christ through the baptism of new believers. The forty days leading up to Easter (not including Sundays) were used as time of preparation based on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness prior to his public ministry. This has come to be known as Lent. Lent comes to an end with the weight of our sins in focus as we remember the Passion of Jesus—the final hours of his life and his death upon the cross, and in eager expectation of Resurrection Day. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! 

The Holy Spirit is also a part of the Lenten story.  Jesus’ time in the desert was marked by the work of the Spirit from beginning to end. Jesus entered the desert “full of the Holy Spirit” and returned “in the power of the Spirit.”  The Holy Spirit should be our guide through Lent Let me invite you to explore this Lenten season with an open heart to the work of the Spirit.