Good News for Today

A Lenten Devotional

by Mel Shoemaker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/20/2013

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781490814339
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781490814322

About the Book

Christians throughout the world observe the forty-day season of Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter as a time of spiritual reading, meditation, prayer, fasting, and renewal. Just as Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai while fasting for forty days, and Jesus likewise fasted for forty days in the wilderness before beginning his public ministry, so also Christians continue this spiritual discipline today. Since Sunday—the Lord’s Day—is a day of rest, worship, joy, and feasting, the six Sundays during Lent are not counted in the forty days.

The four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are the primary sources for discovery and meditation on the life and teaching of Jesus. Good News for Today takes the reader on a spiritual pilgrimage through the gospels without the duplications in their accounts. If you read the gospel lesson suggested for each day, you will read the complete gospel story, as it unfolds from the baptism of Jesus to his passion, death, and resurrection. You are invited to begin this spiritual ascent with Jesus Christ.

About the Author

Dr. Melvin H. Shoemaker (M Div, M Phil, D Min) was professor of New Testament biblical literature and theology in the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, from 1986 to 2005. Previously, he was professor of religion at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. He is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, and served as a parish minister for twenty-three years. He is the author of The Theology of the Four Gospels (WestBow Press, 2011). Dr. Shoemaker retired in 2005 and now resides in Portland, Oregon.