On Fridays in April, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 4 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.” This week we are also reprinting prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally printed on March 10, 2014.
Prayer: You gave your only Son, God, so that we might have eternal life. We are grateful for this gift and the great love you show us every day. Amen.
Reading: John 3: 1-17 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: God always fulfills God’s promises. The gospel reading today contains the verse that most feel sums up the whole scriptures in a succinct way: God loved us and sent Jesus so that we would believe and live with God forever.
I don’t remember when I memorized John 3: 16, but I know it was early in life. I’m sure we talked about it in Sunday School and my teachers probably worked with us to make sure we learned each word. John 3:16 is a verse, though, that people should not just learn by memory. It is one that should become part of who they are.
Often I save something that some writes that really strikes me and when I find it later, it is often at a time when I need to read it the most. Just the other day, I stumbled upon an old devotional writing that I had clipped from some publication. It showed, in a simplistic form, how great this verse is. I share those words with you here so that you can learn to live in the good of them every day of your life. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
God- the greatest lover
So loved- the greatest degree
The world- the greatest company
That He gave- the greatest act
His only begotten Son- the greatest gift
That whoever believes- the greatest simplicity
In Him- the greatest person
Should not perish- the greatest promise
But- the greatest difference
Have- the greatest certainty
Everlasting life- the greatest possession
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