John Niederhaus

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This Jesus God Raised Up

Devotional Word for Tuesday, June 2, 2020 On the Day of Pentecost the apostle Peter delivered an impromptu sermon to explain what was going on. A crowd of several thousand people had gathered because of the unprecedented phenomena occurring: a powerful wind, flames of fire on the heads of the

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Empowering at Pentecost

Devotional Word for Monday, June 1, 2020 Hallelujah! Pentecost has happened! This was the transformative experience of the disciples and followers of Jesus. What is so important about it? Pentecost is the empowering of the Church, of the followers of Jesus. Our human powers and abilities are tremendous, I agree,

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Waiting with the Disciples in the Upper Room

Devotional Word for Friday, May 29, 2020 It’s absolutely fascinating to speculate on the condition of the souls of the followers of Jesus in the days between His Ascension and the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out. They had every reason to be fearful of their

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Minds Opened to the Scriptures

Devotional Word for Thursday, May 28, 2020 Wouldn’t you like to know what it was that Jesus taught His followers between the Resurrection and His Ascension? We will never know for certain because we weren’t there. The records we have for those occasions when Jesus did meet with His followers

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The Brothers of Jesus and Our Relations

Devotional Word for Wednesday, May 27, 2020 During the 10 days between Jesus’ Ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, we know the disciples and followers of Jesus continued to meet. They stayed in Jerusalem and waited for what Jesus had promised. Acts 1:13-14

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Waiting where the Lord places us

Devotional Word for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 We’re in the days between Jesus’ Ascension and the Day of Pentecost. These are days of mystery for us as regards the disciples and followers of Jesus. We know of only one action that took place: the replacement of Judas Iscariot in the

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Memorial Day Devotion

Devotional Word for Memorial Day 2020 Thanks for taking time on this Memorial Day holiday to share in some devotional thoughts. Our Memorial Day observances originated in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. On May 30, 1868, the Grand Army of Republic conducted a memorial service in Arlington National

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Re-opening at Leidy’s

Update: July 22, 2020 On Wednesday, July 1st, Governor Wolf signed an edict declaring that one must wear a mask anytime one leaves home and continue to maintain social distancing prescriptions. The Governor stated, “This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen

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Ascension Week – Part 5

Devotional Word for Friday, May 22, 2020 Thank you for being part of these daily devotions. Working through the various facets of Jesus’ Ascension has been a blessing for me. It also has sensitized me to all the other places in the Bible where the Ascension is part of the

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Ascension Week – Part 4

Devotional Word for Thursday, May 21, 2020 This is it. Ascension Day. Can you think of any Ascension Day texts? We tend to think the only text that deals with Jesus’ bodily ascension is in Acts 1. That is the main text, no question about that. Yet, there are lots

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