The free prayer of the common devotion should be the prayer of the fellowship...– Life Together- Saying our prayers togetherp.63 Deitrich Bonhoeffer
[Christians] believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on...– http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis
Hallelujah Revelation 19:6 Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth....– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Worthy is the Lamb Revelation 5:12, 13 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
If God be for us Romans 8:31, 33, 34 If God be for us, who can be against us?...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
O death where is thy sting? 1Corinthians 15:55-56 (Hosea 13:14) O death, where...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Behold I tell you a mystery 1Corinthians 15:51,52 Behold, I tell you a mystery:...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Since by man came death 1Corinthians 15:21,22 Since by man came death, by man...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
I know that my redeemer liveth Job 19:25, 26 I know that my redeemer liveth,...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Hallelujah Revelation 19:6 Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth....– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Why do the nations so furiously rage together? Psalm 2:1,2 (Acts 4:25-26) Why...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
The Lord gave the word Psalm 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Thou art gone up on high Psalm 68:18 (Ephesians 4:8) 18. Thou art gone up on...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Unto which of the angels said He at any time Hebrews 1:5 (Psalm 2:7) 5. For...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Lift up your heads, O ye gates Psalm 24:7-10 7. Lift up your heads, O ye...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell Psalm 16:10 (Acts 2:27) 10. [But]...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
He was cut off out of the land of the living Isaiah 53:8b 8. he was cut off...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow Lamentations 1:12 12. Behold, and see...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart Psalm 69:20 20. [Thy] rebuke hath broken...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
He trusted in God Psalm 22:8 (Matthew 27:43) 8. He trusted [in God] that he...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
All they that see him laugh him to scorn Psalm 22:7 7. All they that see...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
All we like sheep have gone astray Isaiah 53:6 6. All we like sheep have gone...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Lent Devotional Palm Sunday 2011: Day 40
DAY 40 Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole...
He was despised Isaiah 53:3 3. He is despised and rejected of men: a man of...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 39
DAY 39 I Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. At different times in my life, I find I need to simplify everything. I am not sure how it happens, but I seem to get distracted and bogged down. Everyone’s opinions are barking in my ear, and I can no longer tell what I really think about things. There are multitudes of...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 38
DAY 38 Isaiah 37:33 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. What gets things done? A good plan? More hard work? We make all sorts of resolutions and work together in many ways to see things accomplished. Sometimes it works; sometimes it won’t. I have one good friend who never delegates anything...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 37
DAY 37 Deuteronomy 5:32 So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. There is a truth to live by. There are so many places to go, so many turns in the road, so many pitfalls around us. Likewise, our personalities are all drawn in certain directions – things that tempt us, loyalties that easily bind us. You know how a car may tend to...
Surely He hath borne our griefs Isaiah 53:4,5 4. Surely he hath borne our...– from Messiah George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 36
DAY 36 Psalm 22:1-2 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. I am so very glad that these words are in the Scripture. Even more, that they are on Christ’s lips as He dies alone on the wood. Otherwise, how should I have had any hope during...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 35
DAY 35 Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. I am not going to say planning is a waste of time. Of course it isn’t. But guard your heart, because it can be pure disobedience! Often our idea of planning, or even more grandly, strategic planning, is just another way that we worry about tomorrow. There...
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Lent Devotional 2011: Day 34
DAY 34 Ezekiel 16:6 “Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, ‘Live!’” This is a picture from the delivery room, a scene of blood and birth, which our Father is using to describe His love. In this passage, God’s people are described as a newborn abandoned in a field, despised by its own mother. How...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 33
DAY 33 1 Samuel 23:4 Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.” This was David’s habit – inquiring of the Lord. What am I going to do here? Where should I go, or what should I do next? He asked God. In fact, this statement is conspicuously absent from the story later, when...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 32
DAY 32 Galatians 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. It is astonishing, isn’t it? One minute I was preaching or praising, and the next I deserted the truth. We so quickly abandon the beauty and truth of the gospel. It feels like all of the truth of God’s love written on our hearts...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 31
DAY 31 Ephesians 3:19 … and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Paul’s prayers are a precious thing to us. They describe the heart of man in love with his God, exuberant and joyful, passionate and full of praise. This is one of them. So what is this knowl- edge that cannot be known? There is a rule for thinking...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 30
DAY 30 Hebrews 4:7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Today. There is an urgency here impossible to evade. Procrastination is something we joke about, but it is no laughing matter before a holy God. I do not know where you are today, or...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 29
DAY 29 Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation’. This seems like an ugly teaching to us. We do not buy things with our blood, or make transac- tions in a sacrifice, or profit from slaughter. This language of blood is...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 28
DAY 28 1 Kings 18:30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. The altar is in ruins. It does not take that long to make a ruin. A recent documentary described how the earth would decay after man was gone. It showed the progressive destruc- tion due to neglect and lack of maintenance. Part...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 27
DAY 27 1 Samuel 16:23 Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul. David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. There is a notion in our culture that music can tame the savage in us – that there is something soothing that calms even the wild beast. I don’t really know if it is true, but I don’t think...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 26
DAY 26 Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. Don’t you want to know what it is? A treasured name that Jesus has for you, that only you will know? I so want to be renamed, renamed by...
It’s our job to be faithful to respond to the brokenness of culture with...– Gabe Lyons, The NEXT CHRISTIANS, Creators, Not Critics Chapter 6, p. 108
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 25
DAY 25 Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Our picture of Christ is never big enough. We are familiar with passages like this, but it still strikes us as a little odd. It is so simply stated – the sheer weight of His glory. Put it this way. Christ takes the Scripture here, and places it in reference...
Whether films or furniture, the kinds of goods we create say a lot about their...– Gabe Lyons “the Next Christians” p97
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 24
DAY 24 Romans 15:29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. So how did Paul, our dear father in the faith, finally come to Rome? He speaks here, as he always does, with the authority of an apostle of Jesus Christ and the knowledge of a prophet. And he knows he is headed there, although he does not know how. We know. He arrived a prisoner in...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 23
DAY 23 John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. How can this be true? How can veins and skin, hair and teeth, or legs and arms contain all of this? John says it. We have seen His glory; we saw it just looking at Him. Sometimes the psalmist says something like this when...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 22
DAY 22 Luke 24:36-43 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 21
DAY 21 1 Timothy 1:12-17 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he consid- ered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here...
Lent Devotions 2011: Day 20
DAY 20 Job 19:25-26 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; In the devastation that can come in a man’s life, in the loss and grief that some people taste and endure, only the believer can begin to speak clearly about real hope. This clarity and insight from Job is remarkable. Job...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 19
DAY 19 I Kings 19:12-18 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites...
Lent Devotional 2011: Day 18
DAY 18 Psalm 13:1-6 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer. O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I...