Lenten Devotional for 2018

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Members from three local churches have come together to produce a Daily Devotional for this year’s Lenten season. The booklets were published in hardcopy form and distributed within the participating churches, but electronic copies of the devotions are presented here.

If you want a printed copy, visit or contact one of the participating churches: 

 

Members of the following churches also wrote articles:

 

 

Daily Devotions for Lent 2018

The devotional is presented in PDF format (use the free Adobe PDF viewer to read). Instead of presenting the entire booklet in one file (and forcing you to scroll through the whole thing to find the current date’s article), the booklet is broken up into separate week-by-week files.

To read the article for any given date, scroll down to either February or March, click the weekly tab you want, then click on the button. Except for week 1 (which begins with Ash Wednesday), all the files begin with Sunday and run through Saturday of the indicated week.

Enjoy; and may God bless your devotional time!

 

February…

The Lenten season (and first devotional) starts out with Ash Wednesday (February 14). Here are weeks 1 through 3…

 

 

Week 1 Ash Wed. through Saturday 2/17
Week 2 Sunday 2/18 through Saturday 2/24
Week 3 Sunday 2/25 through Saturday 3/3

 

March…

The season continues until we reach Easter Sunday, on April 1. Below are devotionals for weeks 4 through 7 (“week 8” is Easter Sunday)…

Week 4 Sunday 3/4 through Saturday 3/10
Week 5 Sunday 3/11 through Saturday 3/17
Week 6 Sunday 3/18 through Saturday 3/24
Week 7 Palm Sunday 3/25 through Holy Saturday 3/31

 

Easter Sunday (Sunday April 1):    Easter Sunday!  

 

 

Why Read these Devotionals???

Lent is a time to re-evaluate our relation to God; to consider things that might be getting in the way. It is a time of preparation that climaxes with the celebration of our Lord on Easter Sunday.

Here’s the forward to the devotional booklet (written by Pastor Ron Smith of Trinity UMC)…

There are few subjects that capture my affection like the Passion of Christ.  These Lenten devotionals all speak to that wonder that God would take on flesh and humble Himself to death for you and me. The end result is staggering!

Christ has taken our flesh and removed it as a sinful obstacle by triumphing over death, hell, and the grave! What a victory He has purchased through His suffering and blood!

Charles Wesley has best summed up the tangible reality of Christ’s Lenten accomplishment:

There for me the Savior stands,

Holding forth His nail pierced hands.

God is love! I know! I feel!

Jesus weeps, and loves me still.

 

 

Easter Symbols…

During the Lent and Easter season, you’ll see many symbols- many of which are secular in origin. Just as you use this devotional to open yourself up to God’s Spirit, use these symbols as reminders of Christ’s gift of life to us…

 

Easter Eggs

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An ancient Egyptian story of creation relates how the earth was hatched from an egg. Every spring the ancient Egyptians celebrated the world’s birthday by exchanging eggs. The Jews also use eggs in their celebration of the Passover. But to the early Christians, the egg reminded them of the resurrection of Christ, and Easter eggs were colored red to remind them of his blood shed on the cross. Russian Christians give beautifully decorated eggs as gifts to their friends with the joyous greeting, “He is risen!” to which the friends reply, “He is risen indeed!”

 

The Empty Cross

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One of the most cherished symbols of the Protestant church is the Easter cross — an EMPTY cross, for we worship the risen Christ who has conquered death and the evil of the world.

For many, the center beam of the cross stands for man’s reach upward toward God, while the crossarms remind them of the outreaching concern the Christian feels for all men.

 

 

 

Devotion…

As we pass through this season of Lent and Easter, remember the words of Paul (in his letter to the Philippians)…

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The devotional presented in this post shares how God has touched each of the writers in a special way. As we read through these articles, “think on these praiseworthy things” and allow God to draw you closer to Him during this special season.

 

Are you in the habit of reading your Bible? Daily opening yourself up to God’s word could make this Lenten season a life changer. For info on our “Chapter-a-Day” Bible Reading Plans, click this button:

2018 Bible Reading Plans

 

 

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