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Day 14 - Pauses for Lent - Time

3/21/2019

TIME FOR GOD Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.                                             We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20 “In my life right now, it is God’s time for…” me to… Take Time to Be Holy Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him ...


Day 13 - Pauses for Lent - Water

3/20/2019

WATER    “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14   We recently traveled to the mountains. The high altitude and low humidity threw my body into a ...


Day 12 - Pauses for Lent - Bread

3/19/2019

BREAD   “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11   It never ceases to amaze me how often Jesus talks and teaches us using analogies and stories related to bread and water.  He talks about our natural needs and how hunger and thirst are affected by our condition—both physical and spiritual.   Depending upon the source, experts estimate that...


Day 11 - Pauses for Lent - ABBA

3/18/2019

A B B A   “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You.” Mark 14:36   As Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemene located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, He separated His disciples by leaving some behind and carrying Peter, James, and John deeper into the garden. Soon He told these three (the members of His inner circle) to stay at a certain ...


Day 10 - Pauses for Lent - Words

3/16/2019

Today’s Scripture:  Matthew 12:36 Words do matter.  We will be held to account for our words.  The words that we use to others, about others and to and about ourselves have such power.  The right or wrong word at the right or wrong time can have lasting effects.  Choose your words carefully.  The book of James reminds us:  My dear friends, you ...


Day 9 - Pauses for Lent - Ask

3/15/2019

"ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN YOU"   WE WHO HAVE HIS SPIRIT WILL RECEIVE THIS TEACHING AS A DISCIPLINE FOR THIS SEASON OF LENT AS WELL AS FOR LIFE'S JOURNEY. WE COME WITH HUMILITY AS WE APPROACH GOD WHO IS ABLE TO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, PURPOSE AND PLAN. APPROACHING GOD WITH UTMOST RESPECT, ASKING HIS WILL BE DONE. GOD'S TIMING IS ...


Day 8 - Pauses for Lent - See

3/14/2019

Read John 3: 1-17 CEB   “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17 CEB   Most of us would agree, at our best, a Christian is a follower of Jesus. Sometimes, however, the two identifiers (Christian or follower of Jesus) seem to be in direct conflict with each other. ...


Day 7 - Pauses for Lent - Light

3/13/2019

As I gaze out my window this afternoon, what do I see? I see seven deer, grazing in my back yard. A thing of beauty! A gift from God! I was reminded of a slogan from a conference I attended a few years ago--- SEE ME! It makes me mindful to not just scan people as I shop in Walmart but really look into their faces and maybe even say 'HELLO'. It ...


Day 6 - Pauses for Lent - Love

3/12/2019

“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” — 1 John 3:18. Practice loving. That’s an interesting thought for people who profess to love. There was a time that I had a personal encounter with the reality of practicing it “in truth and action.”    I worked with a woman who was like family. I had known her all of my life. When I ...


Day 5 - Pauses for Lent - Still

3/11/2019

Day 4 Still "Be still and Know I am God."  Psalm 46:10 It is very difficult to find quiet in this world today full of 24 hours news, and technology at our fingertips.  We have learned not to be quiet, and be busy all the time. So how are we to find quiet with God? We intentionally carve out time. A few years ago, I was listening to a preacher on a ...


Day 4 - Pauses for Lent - Fast

3/9/2019

Matthew 6:17-18 The Message (MSG)   16-18 “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your ...


Day 3 - Pauses for Lent - Choose

3/8/2019

Day 3 - CHOOSE Today’s scripture:  “Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him”  [Deuteronomy 30: 19-20].   Famous author John C. Maxwell once stated:  “life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”   All of life is about making choices.  Each morning we...


Day 2 - Pauses for Lent - Return

3/7/2019

“Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful” Joel 2:13   I read Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son, just a few weeks before my first mission trip to Russia. Some of the inspiration for his work came from Rembrandt’s painting of the prodigal son’s return to his father. The author reported that he was tempted to ...


Day 1 - Pauses for Lent - Dust

3/6/2019

DUST… A Ritual for Preparing Holy Ashes   Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:  we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith.   *Opening Prayer Gracious God, out of your love and mercy                 you breathed into dust the breath of ...


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