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 8, 2014: The Wedding at Cana

John 2:1-11 NRSV 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus...

April 6, 2014: An Act of Love

John 19: 28-29  NRSV After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It...

April 5, 2014: Steadfast Love

Psalm 107: 1-9 NRSV 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from...

April 4, 2014: God Shepherding

Psalms 23: 4-6 NRSV 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;...

April 3, 2014: Listen and Respond

Luke 2:41-51 NIV     Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus...

April 2, 2014: Listening Carefully To God

Mark 9:30-32 NRSV 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being...

April 1, 2014: Footsteps

Psalm 22:24 The Message (MSG) 22-24 Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship, and punctuate it with Hallelujahs: Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers; give glory, you sons of Jacob; adore him, you daughters of Israel. He has never let you down,...

March 31, 2014: Fight the Good Fight

I Timothy 6:11-12 NRSV “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession...

March 30, 2014: Abandonment

Psalm 22: 1-2 NRSV 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. The words of Psalm 22 are among the most plaintive in the...

March 29, 2014: Objects in the Mirror

Mark 15:33-35 NRSV “When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  At three o’clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. We see this message...

March 28, 2014: Mary Magdalene

John 20: 11-18 NRSV 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her,...

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