Introduction and Notes – FCAMA Lenten Devotions

Beloved in Christ, today with the whole Church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ Passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.

We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intends for us.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love – strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This is a version of the traditional Welcome into the disciplines of Lent.

It is our prayer, as editors and writers and fellow followers of Christ, that this Devotional be helpful in finding the disciplines of Lent life-giving as we make our way to the cross.

~ The Editors and Authors of the Falls City Area Ministerial Association Lenten Devotional for 2015

Translation Note:

Please be aware: those who prayerfully took the time to work on this devotional, your pastors and friends, come from a variety of backgrounds and use a variety of biblical translations in our own prayer life. Some of the translations you will be enjoying you know already. Some are used weekly at Sunday worship where you gather, or where others gather. Some are used for personal study and edification. Some are used, not because that translation is used regularly but because the author felt it a better turn of phrase for a particular verse. Their acronyms (short form) end this page.

Sometimes we authors use a form of shorthand that is not familiar to everyone. There may often appear letters next to the verses, for example, a reading for Ash Wednesday is 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10. When you see a letter next to a verse number it signifies a part of a verse. A letter ‘a’ signifies the first part of a verse, a letter ‘b’ signifies the second, a letter ‘c’ signifies the third, and so on. Also, at times the contributor chose to utilize more than one Scripture reading. For your personal benefit, be encouraged to take the time to read all the selections of Scripture in entirety, then read the particular verse chosen by the author!

While we would love to provide it, there is no room here for a detailed breakdown of each translation. You are encouraged to ask your pastor, which may encourage him or her to research a translation that may be new. Each one of the translations/renderings of the Scriptures in English on this page is cited at least once by an author. Please ask pastors you know about the translations they prefer, and ask them about the translation(s) you prefer. The translations/renderings included in our Falls City Lenten Devotional are (in Alphabetical Order by acronym, includes date of publication of the whole Bible in that translation [as some books are published before others]):

CEB
Common English Bible (2011)

CJB
Complete Jewish Bible (1998)
(Yes, it includes the New Testament)

NIV
New International Version (1978)

NCV
New Century Version (1987)

NKJV
New King James Version (1982)

NLT
New Living Translation (1996)

NRSV
New Revised Standard Version (1989)

Voice
The Voice Translation (2012)

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