Seek and Ye Shall Find

 

Every year since 1982, the congregation of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, in Hagerstown, Maryland, has published a collection of writings to be used as daily devotions during the Lenten season.  We believe that it is especially important during this time of year to reflect on our faith and look for ways in which to grow and become closer to each other, our community, and to God.

It is our hope that you and your family will take time each day to read these devotions, be inspired by the personal stories and messages, and use them to commit yourselves in a new way to your faith.   This year we have included several articles from the 1983 edition as a special look into our past.

 “Seek and Ye Shall Find” has led readers for the past 37 years to a greater understanding of the word of God.  Open your hearts and minds to these words and continue to ask, seek, and knock “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:8 (NIV)

April 21, 2019

Resurrection stories never cease to fascinate me!  One of my favorites is told by Donnie Wayans, a gospel singer who loves the resurrected Lord.  His uncle had a serious heart attack and was in emergency need of heart bypass surgery.  The doctors said there was little hope but they would do all they could.  So the family gathered in the waiting room to pray while the surgery was per...

During this Lenten season, our thoughts turn to the events of the 40 days leading up to Christ’s glorious resurrection.  Yet what signs do we see of Christ in the Old Testament?  In Genesis, Chapter 1, verse 3, it tells us that God said, “Let there be light.”  In this verse God separated the light from the darkness and there was evening and morning.  Could the “light” be the first r...

April 19, 2019

They thought they would crucify my Lord

When they led him to Calvary.

They praised themselves for a job well done

As they nailed him to the tree.

They cheered when the sword’s point pierced his side.

They laughed when they saw his grief.

They shouted with glee as he writhed in his pain.

They were proud of their unbelief.

They thought they were rid of this man, “The King,”

When they carried h...

A Special Tribute to the 1983 Devotional

April 17, 2019

Some of you know that I’m a big basketball fan and recently I’ve noticed that many college and professional teams are wearing a variety of warm-up jerseys over their game uniforms. It’s a new twist on an age-old effort to instill a sense of pride, togetherness and connection and to motivate the players.

Lately I’ve seen warm-up shirts with slogans like “Never Give Up”, “All In”, “Tog...

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