Devotion for the 5th Sunday in Lent

Lent 5
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5: 5-10; John 12: 20-33.

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:8-10

Just a thought . . .
Our devotional theme in Week 5 is and remains Obedience to God. The season of Lent leading us to Easter and the resurrection is no different certainly than all the other days and weeks of the year. As God said in Jeremiah “know the Lord…” It is funny that we must be reminded of this covenant, even though inwardly we know that our prayers for forgiveness were answered long before we ever asked. Therefore, each of us is “restored…” with the joy that only God can and does provide when we reach out to him for forgiveness. Raising our voices in prayer is, after all, the most important, albeit, supreme gesture of obedience to God, is it not?

Just as Paul made “obedience to God” a focal point of his writings in Hebrews, so too did John in his teachings. Jesus reminds us in those teachings that “if any man serve (him) let him follow me and where I am, there shall also my servant be…” Each of us longs for that precious eternal life after death, yet we fall short in our daily role as an obedient servant. Lent enables each of us to do a “mid-course” correction so to speak. Corrections are often needed in life as we are apt to stray from the azimuth laid out at birth. Therefore, take a moment in these days leading up to the cross and the resurrection to reflect on your azimuth as a servant and a disciple of Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we strive during this Lenten season to re-educate ourselves to the wonders you brought forth, and to re-dedicate ourselves to your obedience. We are so undeserving and frail, yet your sacrifice on the cross reminds each of us that “ (you) are the resurrection and the life…” Truly, by only believing in you, shall we live and never die. These solemn words ring loudly, Lord, as a reminder of your covenant–never broken. During Lent, we give thanks to your many wonders, your many sacrifices, your enormous love, and to a life of service to one another through which we honor and serve you, Lord. Amen.

Arch Galloway II

Devotion for the 4th Sunday in Lent

Lent 4
Sunday, March 11, 2016
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Read Psalm 107
“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever..” Psalm 107:1

Love . . .

When our son Teddy was an infant, newly arrived from Russia, Don and I brought him to the pediatrician for a thorough examination. Teddy was thin and sickly, but he had a smile that could melt stone. Don and I fell in love with him the moment we first saw his picture. Teddy required a number of vaccines at that first doctor’s visit. As Don tried to hold Teddy still and the nurse administered the shots, I fled crying from the room, unable to witness Teddy’s distress. His anguish was like a knife to my heart.

In Psalm 107, the psalmist tells us of when the Israelites were sick and tired of wandering through the desert. They complained about their plight, criticized God’s bounty, spurned His laws, and turned to sin. Again and again they “cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” God does not abandon us no matter how ungrateful we are, no matter how many times we turn away from Him. His steadfast love endures forever.

Prayer Thank you, God, for your steadfast love which never abandons us. Amen

Linda Thomsen

Devotion for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

Lent 3

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18

Reflect . . .

Lent is a time of reflection, a time to meditate and pray. Indeed, it is also a time of self-denial and seeking closeness to God. The reflections and meditations must therefore focus on what the Lord is telling us. Obedience is key to getting close to God. Obey the Ten Commandments, which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ simplified for us. Love one another as Christ loved you. These are times of preparation. Preparing our souls to be in oneness with God. Jesus goes to the Temple and drives out the money changers and those doing business there. He informs everyone that if the temple was destroyed, he will build it back in 3days – predicting his death and resurrection. This is the ultimate sacrifice and greatest redemption.  All these were done because he loved us. Therefore we should strive that the words that proceed from our mouths and the thoughts from our minds will reflect the goodness of the LORD during this sacred season.



Heavenly Father, at this precious time of lent, teach us Lord to remember your commandments and to keep them. Guide our thoughts, our speech and our actions. Let us remember that you are perfect and we are not. Let your wisdom guide us away from our foolish ways. In your mercy, bring us back into the safety of your bosom. Teach us Lord to trust in you at all times and when afraid, strengthen our faith. We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen


Dr. Leke Ogunmefun

Devotion for the 2nd Sunday in Lent

Lent 2

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Genesis 1:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Mark 8:35

Obey . . .

The word conjures up images of dog training or, perhaps, parental scolding. Usually the one required to obey is of lesser rank, power, or status. No wonder we bridle at the mention of obedience. You’re not the boss of me! Yet, the Bible upholds obedience to God as a virtue. Even Jesus was obedient—unto death.

I think obedience has gotten a bad reputation in the modern era. Let’s try to recast our understanding of it. Why do people obey? Out of fear, duty, reward? If so, usually not for long. No, more often people obey because they recognize the authority of the one asking and trust in this authority’s intended good for us. I can’t help but think of horse training as an illustration. The horse that is forced to obey through harsh punishments will lose respect for the rider, question authority, develop distrust, and eventually act out in disobedience, sometimes violently. Conversely, a horse trained with loving guidance learns trust and submits his will to the rider without losing anything of himself in the bargain. I think we must likewise submit our will to God, recognizing His authority, and trusting in His good plan for us. Then we, too, can look forward to a brilliant performance in life.

Prayer: God, please give me the faith to trust and the trust to obey.


Lisa Trovillion