LENT: RADICAL

Mark 3 Jesus’ own family thought He was crazy. Gone mad, some might say. As I️ read today’s text, it did make me chuckle. So indulge me for a bit. Preposterous Claims Place yourself back in the time of antiquity, without the context of what’s to come next. Imagine growing up in the home of…

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LENT: HEAR

Mark 1 As you read the Gospel of Mark, it sounds much like the nightly news. The camera spans quickly covering highlights, providing a grand overview. Why, within the very first chapter, we jump from John the Baptist to the inauguration of Jesus’ ministry (baptism, wilderness escapade, the call of the first disciples) and proceed…

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LENT: WITH

Joshua 1 Joshua has always been the default leader, the vice president to me. Moses couldn’t go into the Promised Land, his time was up, so he looked to Joshua, “You take them on in.” Sounds like a cowboy on his last cattle run. Sure sounded like easy enough task. The Promised Land was flowing…

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LENT: STAND

Ephesians 6 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  God is strong, and He wants us to be strong too. He has given us everything that we need to ward off the attack of the Enemy. If we put on the armor…

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LENT: WALK

Ephesians 5 Our identity in heaven leads to action on earth. We are instructed to walk a certain way. Turn with me to Eph. 5:1-2. How then are we to live?  “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”…

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LENT: PRAY

Ephesians 3 “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something…

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