A Devotional From Seacoast Church
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Commemorate Jesus’ last week before his death and resurrection. In this devotional, we’ll reflect on how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises, overcame death, and restored our relationship with God, offering us the gift of eternal life.
Weekly devotional beginning February 22
Daily devotional for Holy Week April 2 – 9

Holy Week

April 2 – 9
Commemorate Jesus’ last week before his death and resurrection. We’ll reflect on how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises, overcame death, and restored our relationship with God, offering us the gift of eternal life.
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you."John 20:19 (ESV)
Apr 09
Resurrection Sunday

Renewed Hope

Jesus had been crucified three days earlier, and the disciples were living in fear of the same fate befalling them. They had hidden away, locking themselves in a room, and sealed themselves off from the outside world. Their rabbi had died, and along with him, their hope. It had to…

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The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”Matthew 27: 62-66 (NIV)
Apr 08
Holy Saturday

As Secure As You Know How

Following Jesus' crucifixion, his body was laid to rest in a cave outside the city walls. Fearing that Jesus' disciples might steal his body, the chief priests and Pharisees requested Pilate's help in securing the tomb. They placed a massive stone over the entrance and stationed guards to keep watch.…

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Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.Matthew 26:42-43 (ESV)
Apr 07

Stay Awake

Late at night, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. “Sit here while I go over there and pray,” he told them. He took Peter, and James and John with him, adding, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” Then,…

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Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you.’ Matthew 26:27 (NIV)
Apr 06

The Cup

On the night before Jesus' death, the Gospel writers invite us into the upper room to witness the Last Supper. It is an event that has been depicted in famous works of art and literature for centuries, making the Last Supper a familiar reference for people of different cultures, even…

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…she came to Jesus, broke the jar, and gently poured out the perfume onto His head.Mark 14:3 (The Voice)
Apr 05

Broken Wide Open

On Wednesday of Holy Week, we find Jesus in the village of Bethany at the home of Simon, the leper. The gospel writers relay a story of a woman and her extravagant response to Jesus as she pours expensive fragrant oil on Jesus’ head. Each of the writers gives specific…

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They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.Mark 12:44 (NIV)
Apr 04

The Widow’s Offering

It’s Tuesday. Jesus is drawing large crowds in Jerusalem and calling out the religious elite and their practices, making them feel increasingly threatened. While teaching around the temple courts, Jesus notices a poor widow in the Court of the Women. Against the wall of this court were 13 trumpet-shaped collection…

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The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.Mark: 11:12 –14 (NIV)
Apr 03

Jesus Curses The Fig Tree

On the road from Bethany to Jerusalem, during his last week of earthly life, Jesus curses a fig tree. Did he do this because he was in a low emotional state and allowed himself to get mad? This tree had leaves, and though out of season, you could typically find…

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As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”Luke 19:37–38 (ESV)
Apr 02
Palm Sunday

The Road Ahead

During our Lenten devotional over the last 40 days, we have seen how Jesus has prepared himself for every difficult task ahead on his journey leading him to the Cross. Each step of the way he is obedient and relies on God to prepare him and give him the strength…

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February 22 — March 26
A devotional, prayer, and reflection questions to inspire and help you focus on spiritual disciplines.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
Mar 26

Empowered To Serve

Jesus performed many miracles—miracles of healing, exorcisms, and resurrections. He provided moments of comfort and listening and experiences that exemplified what it meant to serve others with a loving heart.  In Matthew 17, after the Transfiguration, Jesus performed a miracle by healing a demon-possessed boy. His disciples were unable to…

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But even as he spoke, a bright cloud over-shadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”Matthew 17:5 (NLT)
Mar 19


Jesus often retreated alone to pray, yet on one particular occasion, he invited Peter, James, and John with him up a high mountain. While praying, his face began to shine like the sun and his clothes became bright white. Then two visitors, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with…

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Mar 12


I’d like to share my testimony about the incredible difference that a supportive and encouraging community can make when you want to give up.  From an early age, I felt that I didn't belong anywhere or with any group. I had experienced rejection and abandonment, and I felt like an…

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Mar 05

Talk To Him

As Seacoast’s Care Ministry Leader, I’ve learned that people have many different thoughts, methods, and expectations about prayer. Whether silently whispered or confidently declared out loud, prayer evokes different emotions for everyone. It’s personal, as well as communal…and powerful. “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…

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He fasted for forty days and for forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.Matthew 4:2 (NRSV)
Feb 26
First Week of Lent


As Jack wrote in his Ash Wednesday post, Lent is a time of testing and waiting. It’s also a time when we can actively pursue getting some spiritual exercise and prepare for Easter. But how do we prepare for Easter?  The traditional weeks of Lent take us on a journey…

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.Genesis 3:19
Feb 22
Ash Wednesday

Forty Days

The familiar words come from the Book of Common Prayer, which in turn echoes God’s words to Adam in Genesis 3:19. When Adam and Eve are confronted by God for their rebellion, he tells Adam that because of his sin, the whole world will suffer. As for Adam, just as…

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