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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.
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Devotionals

A Love without Limits

Read: Mark 15:29-32 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself,

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Mocking Jesus

Read: Mark 15:16-30 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. (v. 20) The Apostles’ Creed tells us

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The Silence of Jesus

Read: Mark 15:1-5 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make?” . . . But Jesus made no further answer. (vv. 4-5) As we begin chapter 15 of

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A Profile in Courage

Read: Mark 14:54, 66-72 Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. (v. 54) It is easy to criticize Peter for his denial

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Abba, Father

Read: Mark 14:32-42 Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. (v. 36) This must have

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The New Covenant

Read: Mark 14:22-26 Take; this is my body . . . This is my blood . . . which is poured out for many. (vv. 22-24) These words are familiar

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You Can’t Fool God

Read: Mark 14:17-21 As they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”

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A Large Upper Room

Read: Mark 14:12-16 He will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. (v. 15) There was no mistake that it was during the Jewish feast of the Passover

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An Ugly Thing

Read: Mark 14:10-11 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. (v. 10) As we prepare for

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