Devotionals

It’s not too late to receive eight daily devotionals during Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) as we contemplate the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. If you have subscribed to receive Easter or Advent devotionals in the past, you will automatically receive Holy Week Devotionals this year! Subscribe below or text #devo to 479-282-2406.

Why Look for the Living among the Dead?

It is early morning. The night sky is turning purple as stars fade in the orange hues rising from the east. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, make their way to the tomb of Jesus. These women share a common grief, born out of common trauma they experienced two days earlier. As the lifeless body of Christ was let down from the Cross, it was into the arms of these women. And now they are the first to come to the tomb…

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His Last Words

My father-in-law passed away this year. This will be my wife’s first Easter without him. She was a faithful, caring daughter as she sat with him in his last days. She didn’t want him to die alone; she wanted to hear his last words. The last words of a loved one leave an impression. The Gospels record Jesus saying seven short sentences on the Cross. Short because of His slow suffocation. Sentences because we need to feel the weight…

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The Journey to the Cross

Perhaps you are alone right now, in the quiet, reading your Bible. You woke up this morning realizing that today is Good Friday, the day we set aside to remember the crucifixion of our Lord. If you are a follower of Christ, there is something in your soul that darkens on this day. So, if you have the privilege of solitude, linger here for a few minutes. We live in a world that seems to manufacture noise! Finding quiet and stillness is as elusive as…

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The Blame Game

God has blessed Pam and I with three great sons. Each has their own personality and each brings substantive value to our family. However, as you can imagine, in a home with three teenage boys, there are endless opportunities for accusation. Who forgot to put the clothes in the dryer? Who didn’t leave enough cereal in the box to make a bowl? Who used up all of the hot water? Whose shoes are smelling up the house? Who left a plate…

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Faith Over Fear

As I opened the door, I saw his hand dart behind his back. “What do you have?” “Nuffing.” I suppressed my amusement and tried my best at a serious tone; “Did you get another cookie after I told you not to?” Wide-eyed and with a look of panic he shot back, “No.”Jesus taught that “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45) Truth or lies, faith or fear—it’s inevitable; your words reveal…

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Whom Do You Seek?

The events of Holy Week become familiar over time. Each year we relive the final week of Jesus’ earthly ministry as we read of the Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-44), the Last Supper (Mark 14:1-31), His agony in the garden (Luke 22:39-46), the sham trials (Mark 15:1-15), and of course, the Crucifixion (Matthew 27:45-56). Sometimes in the familiarity, we read right over something in the text. We fail to see a word or a phrase…

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Love One Another

The narrow streets of Jerusalem would have been crowded with festive people in town for the Passover. But in the dimly lit room, you can almost feel Jesus’ words become more serious as He says, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” As the disciples are still trying to understand the weight of those words, Jesus says that He will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until…

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Accepting Him, His Truth, His Peace

I still remember the moment I received Jesus’ love and forgiveness into my heart and life. To come to the realization that Jesus loved me enough to extend a gift of grace was a foreign concept to say the least. I remember feeling overwhelmed with love and acceptance which translated into joy and excitement in my heart. I just wanted to dance and scream praises to God! I remember one of the pastors telling me that angels…

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