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Day 44 of Lent 2018

John 13:12

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.

Today is day 44 of the 47 Days of Lent reading plan (Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent). I hope you have stayed with us – this is Holy Week. Today’s passage is about Jesus washing His disciples feet. Jesus humbled Himself – taking the task of the lowest of servants – washing the feet of His disciples.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we continue to look at a passage that will lead us to the cross and to the resurrection. Let us focus on Jesus this week – more than usual. Let us identify with the walk and the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us. Jesus came to earth – voluntarily – to walk to the cross. The Father turned all power over to Him – and yet He humbled Himself to wash His disciples’ feet. Continue reading

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 26 of Lent 2018

Luke 22:19-20

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Today is Day 26 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan on www.youversion.com. It is an open day – a day to catch up on our reading plan. Go back and see if there are any days you have missed reading the daily reading. I appreciate this walk to the cross and pray that you do too. It has been a blessing for me to write and read each day as it pops up on my e-mail.

Holy week is coming – we pray that you will take time to attend the special services that week – Palm Sunday through Easter. We will remember Palm Sunday – Holy or Maundy Thursday – Good Friday – Easter Sunrise and Easter morning with services to worship our Lord!  Plan now to attend. Continue reading

March 11, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Remember Jesus

1 Corinthians 11:24

and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgYesterday was World Wide Communion Sunday. What that means is that most if not all-Christian churches around the world celebrate communion on that given Sunday – the first Sunday of October – no matter their traditions – in a sense of ecumenical connection. It is always a special Sunday – remembering Christ – His life – His death – and His resurrection – with other Christians. I always enjoy celebrating Holy Communion – the Eucharist – or the Lord’s Supper – it goes by many names in different traditions.

As some of our readers know – I have been out for a week recovering from surgery and so I missed World Wide Communion Sunday for the first time in my entire ministry. I’m so thankful for an elder in our denomination that attends our church filling in for me as the church celebrated communion yesterday.  The surgery is the reason I missed putting out a devotional thought on Thursday and Friday of last week if anyone was wondering.  I had gotten Monday through Wednesday on the server before I went to surgery but missed two days last week. Continue reading

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The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

profileNelson Mandela recently passed.  His passing is a great loss to his country and to all of humanity.  Among other things he was a man who spent 27 plus years of his life in prison for his principles and beliefs only to be released and elected president of his county (South Africa).  He trumpeted peace and equality for all in his native land.  He battled apartheid in his native land and was seen as a radical.  During his reign in government his administration worked to dismantle the legacy of apartheid through battling institutionalized racism, poverty among their people and the inequality that was rampant. Continue reading

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Broken and Poured Out – Day 7 of 21 Prayer/Fast

Mark 14:22

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

RamonBlogBroken and poured out – that is how Jesus was on the Cross of Calvary – His body broken and His blood shed.  His love – the full measure of His love – was shown to all on the cross.

We fast in order to connect more deeply with Jesus.  We deny ourselves of something – like food – drink – worldly pleasures – in order to be broken in His presence.  We strive to humble ourselves and strive to identify with our Jesus.  I pray that this is the heart we have as we pray and fast during our 21 days.

communion_elementsAs Jesus was preparing to be broken and poured out for each of us – He was anointed by a woman at Bethany.  A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. (Mark 14:3)  She mad a sacrifice to anoint Jesus with such an expensive perfume.  She was willing to be broken for Jesus.  Are we willing to sacrifice to be broken with Jesus?

Today’s full reading is here – Mark 14:1-26.  Here is a short portion of that reading for us to consider as we look at being broken and poured out.  Mark 14:22-26 – 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Are we ready to be broken and poured out – even in a small way – to sacrifice for Jesus during our prayer/fast?  Even day-to-day during our life’s journey?  How will we connect with Jesus as broken and poured out for Jesus?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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