Lenten Thoughts

Nail and crown of thorns
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The Christian church is once again in the season of Lent. A season of repentance and renewal.

For me, it is always hard watching the retelling of Jesus’ passion. Our church watches a portion of the movie “The Gospel According to Matthew” from 1993 (IMDb link).  We also take a nail from a basket and keep it in our pockets.  Then on the night of Good Friday, we take those nails and pound them into a cross in the front of our church.

It is so hard for me, knowing that it was MY sins that caused Jesus to sweat drops of blood while praying to Our Father in Gethsemane, MY sins that caused Him to be scourged and whipped to the point of tearing out pieces of flesh, and MY sins that caused him to be nailed to that ugly cross.

But God’s LOVE for fallen humanity is so deep that He sacrificed His own Son to pay the price for the sins of EVERYONE!

If Christ hadn’t suffered, died and ROSE victorious, our faith would be pointless.  We would be worshipping mere idols like every other false religion in the world.

I hope and pray that you too will take some time to reflect on Christ’s passion and God’s love for you during this season of Lent.

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Remembering Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

A collection of notable reflections, photos, videos and more, in memory of “God’s Ambassador,” Billy Graham.

Source: Remembering Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

A very nice memorial site for Rev. Billy Graham.

As I posted on Facebook this morning when I heard that God called him home:  “I’m sure God is saying “Well done, my good and faithful servant, come home to me for rest and restoration””

Fight Like a Man – FaithGateway

Craig Groeschel helps men discover they were created by God with a warrior’s heart to fight like a man.

Don’t worry when you meet opposition for obeying God. Worry when you don’t have opposition, because you’re probably not obeying God.” -Craig Groeschel

Source: Fight Like a Man – FaithGateway

Prove That You Love Me – February 21, 2018 – WELS

Source: Prove That You Love Me – February 21, 2018 – WELS

Through My Bible Yr 1 – February 21 – WELS

Bible reading Hebrews 4:14-5:10 (NIV84)

Source: Through My Bible Yr 1 – February 21 – WELS

Do It Afraid – Joyce Meyer Ministries TV Podcast

God is with you! Learn truths from His Word to help you overcome the fears you feel every day.

Source: Do It Afraid – Joyce Meyer Ministries TV Podcast

A Moment of Weakness – Part 2 – Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley – In Touch Ministries

We must examine those areas where we’re most apt to fail and develop defenses against the enemy’s snares.

Source: A Moment of Weakness – Part 2 – Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley – In Touch Ministries

The Principles of Sowing and Reaping – In Touch Ministries Daily Devotions

Following God’s will protects us from the pain of our own mistakes and disobedience.

Source: The Principles of Sowing and Reaping – In Touch Ministries Daily Devotions

K-LOVE’s Verse of the Day: John 12:46 – YouTube

Youversion Verse of the Day – February 21, 2018