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Day 13 of Lent 2020

Mark 12:42

But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

Ray 2020Today is day 13 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan. I hope you are enjoying the 40 Day reading plan – I know I am. Keep up with the stories about Jesus’ life as He walked to the cross. These Biblical stories are a great way to walk through Lent.

Today’s reading reminds us that it isn’t how much we give to the Lord’s work – but rather the heart with which we give it. The widow gave her all – the rich – they gave from their abundance. How do we give? Do we give our tithe and think we are doing so well – when a sacrificial gift might be 15 or 20%? Are we giving sacrificially to God or are we giving from our abundance? Let us search our heart today and be honest with ourselves. Do we give our all to Jesus or only from what we think we can spare?

Here’s a good question. How do we determine what to give? Do we give our full offering to the church we attend or do we give to other charities? Do we under the difference between a tithe and an offering? We talk about taking up our tithes and offerings on Sunday morning. Do we know what that means? Continue reading

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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 7

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.”

01032015 RayBroken and poured out – that is how Jesus was on the Cross of Calvary.  His body was broken and His blood was shed – for you and for me.  His love – the full measure of His love – was shown to all on the cross.  He died on the Cross because He loved us so much – His arms were outstretched for us!  How awesome is that?

We fast in order to connect more deeply with Jesus and His deep love.  We deny ourselves of something – like food – drink – worldly pleasures – personal desires – in order to be broken in His presence – to be like Him – to do without so that God might be lifted high.  We strive to humble ourselves and strive to identify with Jesus.  I pray that this is the heart we have as we pray and fast during our 21-day prayer/fasts. Continue reading

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