Devotional Blog

Welcome to PVUMC’s 2014 Lenten Blog: “Meeting Jesus at the Cross”

How and where does the cross speak to you? Through this season of Lent at PVUMC, you are invited to meet Jesus at the cross. Come and meet the suffering servant. Know the faithfulness of Jesus in going to the cross, and the power of God’s saving love. Come meet the savior of the world.

Based on Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words From the Cross, this blog of daily devotions will help guide you through the Lenten season, that begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5 and ends with Easter, April 20, Christ’s resurrection. Each writer (pastor, staff member or church member) has written a post based on a particular scripture, and provided a personal perspective to make us think and reflect on the significance of the words Jesus spoke during his final hours on earth, hanging from the cross. The book includes fictionalized first-person accounts of the witnesses to the crucifixion, helping us see the passion of the Christ in a new way – through the eyes and ears of bystanders. In addition to scripture, every devotion also includes a prayer and sometimes a video clip.

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April 20, 2014: Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

John 20:1, 8 NRSV 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed...

April 19, 2014: On Eagle’s Wings

Isaiah 40:31 NKJ But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. What a wonderful image and better yet, what an awesome promise! Read it again, play...

April 18, 2014 Good Friday: Drink from the Cup

Matthew 20:20-23  NIV 20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in...

April 16, 2014: Lay Down Your Life

John 15:13 NRSV 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Jesus laid down his life for his friends when he willingly went to the cross. For you and for me. Would you be willing to do the same? Our culture lifts up heroes – those...

April 15, 2014: It Is Finished!

John 19:30 NRSV  When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. It’s easy to forget that we live our lives on this side of the Resurrection. In other words, we can’t imagine the utter hopelessness and...

April 14, 2014: Acceptance

John 12:24 NRSV Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. My father used to save all kinds of seeds from the produce of his crops. He would put them on a flat, dry surface...

April 13, 2014: Important Wisdom

2 Timothy 4:4-8  NRSV 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5 As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. 6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and...

April 12, 2014: The Bread and the Cup

Matt 26: 26-29 NRSV “During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for...

April 11, 2014: Reborn By Grace (Part II)

John 18: 10-11 King James Version “Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My...

April 10, 2014: Reborn By Grace (Part I)

John 18: 10-11 King James Version “Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My...

April 9, 2014: Fill My Cup, Lord!

John 4:7-14 NRSV 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not...

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