Day 35: Salvation

For me, Lent has been and continues to be a time of reflection, of paying greater attention to God, of not neglecting His “so great salvation.” Of course, every generation of Christians has pondered the solemn warnings of Scripture, particularly from the writer of Hebrews as he said, “We must

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Day 29: A Place of Need

The body of Christ I recently injured my knee in a very- completely torn, no driving – sort of way. For those of you who don’t know me, I like to “get up and go”, (with an occasional nap here and there). But now that my “get up and go”,

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Day 26: Letting it Lie

When You Lay Something Down, Sometimes It Needs To Stay Down When Lent begins, it is common to hear people say what they are “giving up” for the season. It may be anything from fasting certain foods and alcohol to giving up media and entertainment for 40 days so that

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Day 24: Gregory the Great

Gregory the Great (540-604 AD) is one of the heroes of church history.  He is recognized by Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, and many Protestants as one of the most impactful people in church history. In his book, The Institutes, John Calvin refers to Gregory as, “the last great pope”. Gregory has a unique

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Day 23: Lent and Refinement

Refining comes with pain. I’ve had seasons in my life when I begged for refining, and seasons when I ran from it. This so happens to have just been a season of running. To be honest, I just felt tired. Tired of the hard. Tired of pain. I just wanted

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Day 20: Psalms 120 And Sojourners

Psalm 120:1 begins with “In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me; deliver me, O Lord”. Another translation has it, “To the Lord in my affliction I cried out, and He heard me.” Psalm 120 is the first of fifteen consecutive Psalms known as the

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Day 19: Keeping Up With The Spirit

When I was kid, every year several families from my church would pack up on a mission’s trip to Poland where an Australian family had started Elim Christian Center in a 450-year old ruined “palace” and was reaching out to the community. Their oldest son, Stevie, was my age and

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Day 18: Kindness

My pastor reminded me on Sunday that biblical kindness looks different than what most of us practice in our relationships. Biblical kindness is not selfish kindness. Biblical kindness is rooted in service to one another. God displays this type of kindness towards us in the answering of our prayers. He

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Day 15: Can We Reflect?

Self reflection is hard. Yet it is exactly what the Lord calls us to. In our culture we seem to barely have time to think about anything. With seemingly endless distractions, it seems almost unnatural to take time to really reflect on ourselves. There is always a video to check

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Day: 13 What Is Repentance?

The primary word for “repentance” in the Greek text is “metanoia”, which means “change of mind” or “be converted”. Repentance includes the decision by the whole man to turn around, which is neither a purely outward turning nor a merely intellectual change of ideas. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven

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