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John Koedyker

John Koedyker

Rev. John Koedyker has been a pastor in the Reformed Church in America for more than forty years. His ministry began in Japan where he served as a missionary for ten years. After that he has served churches in Iowa and Michigan. He has served as the Stated Clerk of Muskegon Classis, RCA, for the past sixteen years and also presently serves as pastor of congregational care at First Reformed Church of Grand Haven, Michigan. John has written a number of times previously for Words of Hope and he has a bi-monthly religion column in the Grand Haven Tribune. He is married to Marilyn, and they have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Devotionals

A Disciple Named Ananias

Read: Acts 9:10-18 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul . . . ” (v. 17) One commentator calls Ananias

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The Damascus Road

Read: Acts 9:1-9 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” (v. 5) Saul was not content to imprison the Jewish

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Persecutor of Christians

Read: Acts 8:1-4 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. (v. 3) I am a

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A Young Man Named Saul

Read: Acts 7:54–8:1 And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. (v. 58) We usually refer to him as Paul, but that

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A Certain Young Man

Read: Mark 14:51-52 And there followed him a certain young man . . . (v. 51 KJV) At first reading, these two verses seem very strange. What would be the

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Final Words

Read: Mark 16:9-20 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had

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The Resurrection

Read: Mark 16:1-8 He has risen; he is not here. (v. 6) This morning, Christians around the world are greeting each other with these words: “He is risen!” “He is

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What Changed Joseph

Read: Mark 15:42-47 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked

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Crying Out in the Dark

Read: Mark 15:33-37 At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice. (v. 34) It was a dark day, the day we call Good Friday. As Jesus hung on

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