Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lenten Devotion - Wednesday of Holy Week

"Words That Heal"


Read: II Corinthians 1: 23- 2:11

I am reminded of an old song that the words went like this: "It's only words and words are all I have to take your heart away." How very important it is that we consider the effect of what we say.

When I first read our Scripture for today, I thought what am I to learn from this? As I researched further I found that the Apostle Paul had founded the Church at Corinth at an earlier time. He was not there at the present time. Word had gotten back to him that they were having problems at the church.

False teachers were disputing what Paul had started. They said that Paul was fickle, pround, unimpressive in appearance and speech, dishonest and unqualified. Where have I ever heard such words? Some things seem to never change.

Paul's response was not one of anger or revenge. He was saddened by the situation. He wasn't able to go to Corinth, so he sent Timothy to minister to the people.

As Christians we are to be different than those in the world. No, we don't turn our head and not deal with the problems. We are to do so in love, We are to help one another, to bring comfort by forgiving and supporting each other.

Discipline in the Church serves to keep the Church pure. In our life discipline is to bring us to repentance. Together, as brothers and sisters we help one another. We love and care enough to say what needs to be said. Sometimes the words are tough to hear, but in the end we are brought home where we belong.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable unto you, oh Lord. Peace and Love,

by Gary Bloomgren

Lenten Devotion - Tuesday of Holy Week

"God Will Deliver Us"


Read: 2 Corinthians 1: 8-22; Psalm 6

As Paul writes to the Church in Corinth, verse 9 states: "Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead." Verse 10 in part: "On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us."

We all have many trials and tribulations in our lives and we sometimes may feel "How can I go on?" Psalm 6:4 says "My soul is in anquish, how long, O Lord, how long?" We can go on, though, not by our own will but by the promise that God will deliver us just as He delivered Jesus from the cross. By Jesus' death, His resurrection and our faith in Him, God will deliver us from this cruel world. There will be difficult times in our lives but all we need to do to see these times through is to rely on God. Give all your troubles to God, let Him handle them and then move on. God can raise the dead, He certainly can handle our problems if we let Him.

Prayer: Dear God, As we continue on our Lenten journey toward Easter, we pray you will give us strength to face each day. Help us Lord, to turn all our troubles over to you. We praise You, Lord, for all of our blessings and there are many. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

by Beverly Coffaro

Lenten Devotion - Monday of Holy Week

Read: Psalm 51
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.

David truly felt remorse for his sin of adultery with Bathsheba, and for killing her husband. He knew his actions hurt many people but he also knew his actions were a sin against God and how God wanted him to live. Sometimes we know our comments and actions are not how God wants us to live but we think of the sin as just being a sin against a person, however every sin is a sin against God.

Create in me a pure hear, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Some have committed sins they believe are so great that it keeps them from getting close to God. No sin is too great to be forgiven! God may not remove the consequence of the sin here on Earth, but He will forgive us of any sin if we are truly remorseful and ask for His forgiveness.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.

Once we have asked for forgiveness, we get back the joy of a relationship with God. By passing that joy on through our forgiveness of others, we can be examples of how God wants us to live.

by Tracy Kirkpatrick

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 28th, 2010

Read: Zechariah 9: 9-12, Psalm 24, 29, 103; I Timothy 6: 12-16, Luke 19: 41-48

To enter the Lord's temple, you must know and believe in the Lord. You must be able to admit in front of a group of people that you believe in Him. He will give you eternal life if you do so. If you know who God is He will rescue you, help you, and be there for you forever and always. If you do not know who Christ is then you will not enter His temple.
Also people who get into heaven do right things for the right reasons. They also don't worship idols or lie under oath. The Lord owns the Earth and Heavens. He has eternal life.

Prayer: Dear God, Please help us to get to know You, for we want to enter Your temple. Help us to do right for the right reason. Also to not worship idols or lie under oath. Amen.

by Ashley Enos and Kara Coffaro

Lenten Devotion - March 27th, 2010

Read: Mark 10: 46-52

In Mark's account of the blind man we see a determined man who wants something from Jesus. He continues to cry to Him louder and louder, till Christ brings him to Him. We are to be like this man each day crying for Jesus to make us whole, to make us like Him. To feed us His spiritual blessing. Too many days we are in the dark, lost and looking for answers. We need to cry to Jesus and ask Him to light our way.
To have faith that Jesus can make us whole and give us the sight we seek to do what is right. This is a lesson of asking God over and over till we get what we need to be a child of God and to receive what we need to be close to Jesus. We must cry aloud "Thou son of David, have mercy on me" and let Christ's mercy rain down on you with love to help you and guide you in this life.

Prayer: Lord, help me today to understand Your will. Teach me in Your word and others what I need to be close to You. Bring understanding where darkness is and may You bless me this day with Your love. Amen.

by Rev. Wade Barto

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 26th, 2010

Read: Mark 10: 32-45

A true servant must serve unconditionally. Sometimes we may think we are servants, but if we are honest with ourselves we fall short of true servanthood. To be a servant it takes more than love or being humble or doing nice things for others. It takes sacrifice and true giving of the heart. One must always remind yourself that others are more important and that sometimes it means letting people see your weakness and how you handle criticism. You don't have to win all the battles, you just need to win the race.

Prayer: Jesus help me to let others be first. Amen.

by David Enos

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lenten Devotional - March 25th, 2010

Read: Mark 10: 17-31


What do you need for eternal life? Do you have to be rich or poor to have eternal life? Jesus shows you His love, you do not need money to have eternal life. Jesus told a young man to go sell everything you own and give it to the poor. This challenge exposed the barrier that kept the young man out of the kingdom, he loved having money. The young man came to Jesus wondering what he could do, he left seeing that he was unable to do it. Do you have what it takes? Anyone who gives up something valuable for the sake, will be repaid a hundred times over in this life. Example: Someone may be rejected by his family for accepting Christ, but he or she will gain a larger family of believers. Who is humble here will be great in Heaven.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Please watch over us all. Have us follow You and obey the Ten Commandments. Also that we know that money is not everything we need. Amen.

by Charlene Brendlinger

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 24th, 2010

Read: Mark 10: 1-16

Children were coming to Jesus. Jesus lets all people come up to Him and tell Him what they want. The disciples didn't want the children to come and sent them away. Jesus didn't like this and He said "Don't tell them to go away. Let the children come to Me." He said that "anyone may come, if they want to come to Me for something, let them come." The children came and Jesus took them into His arms and blessed them.

Thought for the day: Anyone can come to Jesus and nobody should try to stop them.

by Wonderkids: Sydni Miller, Sonya Onink, Shaylah Hagg and Grace Larson

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 21st, 2010

Read: Psalm : 118, 145

"With a mighty hand and an out stretched arm; His love endures forever. For the life that's been reborn. His love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise, sing praise, sing praise, Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong, forever God is with us. Forever, forever, forever. "
Coming from the song "Forever" by Michael W. Smith we can see that we can trust in God and receive His love everyday. God is the strongest, God is the most faithful, He is always with us. He will be with us forever.

Thought for the day: God loves you. You should endure Him, to love and cherish Him, and do not sin against Him.

by Mallory Schutt and Caitlin Tichinel

Lenten Devotion - March 20th, 2010

I admittedly really struggled with the verses I was assigned this year. I was assigned my reading before I left for my recent trip to visit Auschwitz, the infamous death camp used to exterminate 1.6 million Jews in World War II located in Poland. I read and re-read my verses trying to find some inspiration before I left and couldn't come up with anything. After returning from Auschwitz, I stared at my Gospel reading and moved my way finally to the Psalms. You can only imagine my surprise when I read the following verses out of my New International Versions Bible:

Read Psalm: verses 1,2,3,8,9,14,15,16,17,19,20

Many survivors remember vividly the glowing chimneys which could be seen all over the camp, working day and night. The fires were a grim reminder of the ominous fate awaiting the trainloads of people continuously entering Auschwitz everyday. As you stand looking over the 450 acres, now a memorial, where the death camp stood it is hard to imagine how God could stand by and let such terrible things happen, Why were they allowed to suffer so?
Human beings can do terrible and unforgivable things, and I believe God was there amidst all of the suffering. He was there pricking the hearts of certain guards to show mercy and clearing the path for small miracles of food and clothing that shouldn't have been able to be found. Shortly before liberation, Eva (the survivor I had the honor to accompany to Auschwitz) fainted mere seconds before her small group was showered with SS machine gun fire. She was the only one to survive.
Today, by the grace of God, many of those who surivived Auschwitz are miraculously very normal, caring and wholesome individuals, despite all they were put through. He does hear our pleas. Even in a place like Auschwitz where the unthinkable was carried out. Even today when we sometimes think He is so far away He couldn't possibly care, He is there. "Looking down from His sanctuary on high, to hear our groans..."

by Jeanette Walter

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 19th, 2010

"Love"


Read: I Corinthians 13: 1-3

What Love means to us:

      Respect one another.
      To take care of someone or pets.
      Going to church to pray for people, so they can be healed.
      Think about everyone, not just yourself.
      Put God first.
      Help out others, not just your parents, but others in our community, including those less fortunate.
      Education.
      Help raise money for those in need.

Prayer: Thank you God for making us who we are. Help us to Love one another. Amen.

by Wonderkids: Grades 2-4
Garrett Abbott, Brayden Olander, Jeremy Card, Noah Schwartz, Austin Hind

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 18th, 2010

Read: I Corinthians 12: 12-26

God teaches us that the body is a complex system of parts and that every part is important. No matter what comparison you make one part is not more important that another part, for without all parts working together the system will eventually fail. This stands true of the Church. The Church should not be thought of as a physical building but a body of organized believers. The body of organized believers must work together every minute, hour, day and year. The same as your body must in order to continue to succeed and not suffer irreversible break down. We as a Church must insure that we are working together to bring the word of God to all and the promise of eternal salvation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We must remember that "actions speak louder than words." As we continue through the Lenten Season, let us all pray together that we can make the commitment to let each of us, as a united body of Christ, work together to fulfill the goals of the Church. The goal of insuring that everyone we know and have the opportunity to have contact with gets the information needed to become a friend of God and find eternal salvation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

by Dale McMillen

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 16th, 2010

Read: Mark 8: 1-10

Jesus used parables as an illustration of a situation to tell His disciples. The story of feeding the hungry is one. A version of this also appears in Matthew, Luke and John.
In Mark 8: 1-10 four thousand have been with Jesus for three days and were hungry. Jesus told the disciples the people had to be fed before they went home. Seven loaves of bread and a few fish were found. Jesus blessed the food and broke it all into pieces. The disciples distributed the food among the crowd. Their hunger was satisfied and there was food left. They all went on their way home. Jesus performed a miracle.
We have a situation of thousands being hungry after a devastating earth quake in Haiti. People are starving and dying because of the lack of food and water getting to them. The supplies are getting into the country from around the world. In my opinion the government is failing to get the food and water to the people where it is needed.
We have to have faith and believe God will provide our needs and take care of us. I can't imagine the horror the poople in Haiti are going through. I have never been hungry to the point of starvation. I thank God for taking care of me.

Prayer: Dear God, you are a God of love and caring. Please care for Your people, give them peace and comfort. Amen.

by Marilyn Rapp

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 15th, 2010

Read: Mark 7: 24-37

There are times that you don't feel God is listening to you. Or that you are not good enough to have God's help in a problem. But God is always there to hear your problems and to help you.
He makes the deaf to hear and the blind to see. Jesus can also help those with bad spirits to get rid of them if we ask Him to. I believe that God is a good God and He wants all to be healed and saved, if we would come to His table and receive with faith His blessing. Will you come and ask Him today?

Prayer: Lord, help me to be for You the person that would help those in need. Amen.

by Caitlin Tichinel

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cricut Card Exchange - Easter


  • All the pieces for this card are cut from "Easter 2010" Cartridge. I used my gypsy, you can also your design studio.
  • Select two of the bunny's and set the height at 4". Flip one of the bunnies and move him over beside the other, slightly overlapping at the tail. Weld them together. Then cut.
  • Select 4 of the grass and slightly over lap them and then weld. I then set the height at 3/4"
  • The smaller egg is cut a 1 1/4" and the larger ones are cut a 1 1/2". The scalloped layer is cut at the same height for each of the eggs.
  • Ink all around the outer edges of the bunny card with Tim Holtz ink applicator tool and color box chestnut roan ink. Then I used the ink applicator tool with a clean pad and added Color box chalk pink pastel to the ears and around the chest and legs. With a fine tipped black marker I added dots for by the whiskers and edged the eye. I used my signo white gel pen for the whiskers. I added pink flower soft on the nose and brown flower soft around the ears. I then applied one half of a cotton ball for the tail.
  • For the eggs: I layered them onto the scalloped layer and then added glitter glue for a little bling. I then glued them to the front of the bunny card.
  • I used a strip of grass on the front of the card and also on the inside of the card.
  • Tie a pretty bow around the bunny's neck.
    • INSIDE OF CARD
  • Stamp "He is Risen" with chestnut roan ink in center of card. I used a Northwoods cube stamp but the number wasn't on it. sorry.
  • You can also add one of your eggs to the inside of your card.
    • ENVELOPE
  • Ink edges of your envelope with chestnut roan ink and then stamp a bunny in the left hand corner. I used my signo gel pen for the stitching. A cool way to do stitching is to lay a piece of drywall tape along the edge of your card and then run your pen along one of the thrreads. Perfect stitcing.
Wala You're done....enjoy

Lenten Devotions

March 12th, 2010

Read: Psalm 91
   "for He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways: they will lift you up in their hands, so you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Do you believe in angels? Do you believe in angel visitations? Have you ever had an experience that could only be explained by an angel visitation?
There is reassurance with us in the Psalm, if we always stay in the presence of God, we need never worry about what happens to us.
I especially like "The Message" translation of verses 11 and 12: "He orders His angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they'll catch you: their job is to keep you from falling."
I have found this promise to be true. On February 14th, 1999, I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch when I lost control of my car. As I realized I would crash, I called out to God for aide. After the car landed on the roof I knew I had to extricate myself. "Someone" was holding me so I wouldn't fall. Immediately I was sitting on the ground, but no one was there.
Many times in my life, I have felt a presence helping me make a decision, accomplish a difficut task, or just calm me down when something or someone has upset me.
I'm sure if you think about it, you have had the same experience.

Prayer: Help us to remember, Father, that when we need reassurance all we have to do is call on You.

Thought for the day: When we need God's aide, we only have to ask.

by Norma Mills

March 14th, 2010       Fourth Sunday in Lent

"The Bread of Life"

Read : John 6: 27-40

John 6: 27 Jesus replied to the poeple: "But you shouldn't be so concerned about the perishable things like food. No, spend you energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Messiah, can give you."
The people wanted to see more miracles done before they would believe Jesus was the Messiah. Some of us lre like that in our own lives. We don't put our complete trust and faith in the Lord to be there for us at all times.
In reading an article about a little boy who needed a new pair of sneakers, his gym teacher said he couldn't wear his old sneakers in class anymore. His mother told him there was not money to buy them right now. The boy replied that he would pray and tell God he needed new shoes by tomorrow. The very next day his mother receives a check in the mail for more than enough for a pair of shoes. Her son's excited answer was, "See I told you the money would come. Now can we buy my shoes?"
John 6: 33 "The true bread is a person - the one sent by God from heaven, and He gives life to the world."

Thought for the day: O, to be like a child and believe that God will answer our prayers and we will have everything we need in His time. "He is the God of Miracles!"

by Ron & Sandy Dunbar

Friday, March 12, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 13th, 2010

Read: Mark 7; 1-23

Jesus said it does not matter what you eat. But you have to buy from the market until you wash your hands. You should obey your parents. Do what they say. You should never kill or murder, always obey the 10 commandments.

Prayer: Dear God,
 Help provide food for the needy. Please forgive the people that disobey the 10 Commandments and their parents. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.

by Youth: Rachel Enos and Seth Brendlinger

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 11th, 2010

Read: Psalm 42, 43, 85

As the deer panted for the water,
so my soul longeth after thee.
You alone are my heart's desire,
and I long to worship Thee.

excerpt from "As the Deer" by Martin Nystrom

The song "As the Deer" has always held a special meaning to me. For as I sing the words, the song becomes my prayer to grow closer to God.
In Psalm 42, the Psalmist is searching for God. He has been taken away from his home by his enemies. He yearns to worship in the house of God in Jerusalem, as he once did. His enemies taunt him, saying "Where is your God?"
Even though he is sad and restless, the Psalmist still places his hope in God. He compares himself to a deer in the desert panting for a drink of water. As the deer "thirsts" for water, so does he "thirst " for God.
In times of discontent in our own lives, we may search for fulfillment through our work, other people, and material things. But in each of our hearts, there is a place that only the Lord can fill. Each day we need to ask Jesus to bless us with his presence.

by Darlene Beach

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lenten Devotion - March 9th, 2010

Read: Psalm 78: 1-39
God gave the people of Ephraim so many blessings. All the food they could eat and water they would drink while they were in the wilderness. After the people kept on sinning and refused to believe in miracles. Many times God held back His anger, but they only followed Him with their words and not with their hearts.

It is so true today. How many times has God held back His anger because of the things we do or the words we say? People are so blessed with riches and material things and forget where they came from.

Thought for the day: Follow God with your heart and not just with words.

by Alan Ludwick

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lenten Devotion: Read Psalms 70,71,74 ,by June Jones

While trying to decide which of the 4 possible Scripture suggestions to use for this devotion, nothing seemed to fit until I looked at Psalms 70. The Psalms usually have a notation under the chapter number. That notation under Psalms chapter 70, reads: "For the director of Music, of David, A petition."

Psalms 70: 4 reads: "May all who see You rejoice and be glad in You, may those who love Your salvation always say, Let God be Exalted!"

I cannot say how much a part of my life music has been, and how my petition has been to follow the Lord. He has been so good to me!

As we approach the Easter season, what better way to choose than to worship Him by Scripture and music. The words of a song when sung or spoken can be such a source of praise.

There is a song that the Sunday School kids sing that could be a prayer song for all of us.

I want to praise you, Lord.

I want to know you, Lord.

I want to love you, Lord.

I want to serve you, Lord.

Much more than I do!

Let us all at this Easter season strive to praise Him, love Him know Him, and serve Him and give Him the glory.

Thought for the day: What better time or more beautiful season, What greater occasion or more wonderful reason, to kneel down in prayer and thank God above, for eternal life, the gift of His love.

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