Category: Pastor Jeff’s 2007 Lenten Blog

25
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 25

“For I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.” (Isaiah 43:20b-21) What will we praise? “Who or what one praises is an important clue to one’s character. The object of praise reveals […]

22
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 22

The story concludes. Â Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:7-8)  Jesus recognizes bullying within his followers. Judas attacks Mary, lacking understanding of her actions. Those whose […]

21
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 21

The story continues. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “˜Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the […]

20
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 20

The story continues. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3 – 4)  Sometimes the holy spirit whispers to us, calling us to do something that, on a rational level may […]

19
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 19

This week we hear a story from the Gospel of John that took place the day before Jesus’ Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem for the final week of his earthly life. The story begins like this: Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the […]

18
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 18

Sunday has come, the day to gather together with our fellow, forgiven sinners in the presence of Jesus, so full of mercy. The fatted calf is roasting; (can you smell it?) the music is playing, (can you hear it?) and Jesus says to each of us, “Won’t you please come?” If circumstances don’t allow us […]

17
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 17

Describing the new life offered to us in Christ, Paul writes: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2Corinthians 5:22) In the Christian life, we are invited to live out of the new creation rather than out of the old creation. […]

16
Mar

Lenten Reading for March 16

The parable concludes. Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ˜Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him […]

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