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Daily Readings for February 18, 2018 (1st Sunday in Lent)

Posted on February 18, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

When we read today’s new passages, we will think of water and baptism. Water can be gentle and soothing, and it can be powerful and cleansing. It can flow through our fingers, and it can envelop us completely. As we read today, it is good to remember the power of baptism, and the birth into […]

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Daily Readings for February 17, 2018

Posted on February 17, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s second and third readings portray the possibility, importance, and joy of repentance and healing. From the renewed spirit of Psalm 32 to Jesus’ healing of a paralyzed man to Jesus’ calling of someone outside the bounds of “respectable” society as his disciple, these readings point to the hope of life in Christ. And we […]

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Daily Readings for February 16, 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

If you recognize the Psalm from yesterday, it doesn’t mean that you have the day wrong. One of the Lectionary passages is repeated over three days to allow for the often powerful effects of soaking in the same passage of scripture. Our need to repent quite often brings powerful emotional responses, so today’s selection from […]

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Daily Readings for February 15, 2018

Posted on February 15, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings call us to examine our hearts and lives and reflect on our need for God’s mercy and goodness. Though these texts are thousands of years old, the human situation they describe can all too easily be found in today’s headlines. The deep need for individuals and communities to humbly seek God’s ways is […]

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10 Ideas for Practices In Lent

Posted on February 14, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

“So, what are you doing for Lent?” probably still sounds strange coming from a Baptist. Lent was traditionally not observed by Baptists, but Baptist participation in Lenten practices has increased significantly in recent years. This is a good thing. Lent is a season of self-examination, reflection, repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. […]

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