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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LENT: WORK

Ephesians 2 During times of shelter-in-place and self-quarantine, I️ have seen something in us, the human race. We have worked together in such unity to fight the COVID-19 enemy much like we are in a war. In the past week, I️ have discovered zoom and 8×8 and virtual meet-ups that I️ never even knew existed.…

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LENT: MERCY

Mercy is God’s goodness to pardon the judgment our sins deserve. In other words, it is God’s act of forgiveness. According to Scripture, we all deserve the death penalty for our sin (Rom. 6:23) and condemnation for eternity (Rev. 20:12-15). When we gaze at what we really deserve…mercy takes on a whole new meaning. WHAT…

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LENT: GIFT

For God so loved the world that He gave. It was a gift. It wasn’t obligatory. God gave because He wanted to. He desired to. He knew that as the gift-giver there was so much joy in opening the gift of His Son.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only…

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LENT: EMPTY

At the inauguration of his public ministry, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, nothing in hand. Completely empty. Interestingly, Matthew 4:1 tells us Jesus, God-in-flesh, was led there “to be tempted by the devil.” All along this was part of God’s plan. Jesus then fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights…

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LENT: FINISH

In my frail humanness, I️ shriek at the sound of suffering. I️ wave my white flag. I️ cower at the thought of hard circumstances and situations. I️ run from conflict and turn inward. I️ too easily choose despair. I️ somehow become unaware of others as I️ become hyper-focused on myself. I️ don’t breed hope and love at these times. But God is teaching me to stay in the fight and finish well.

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