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As a way of showing your appreciation for this resource and ensuring that it continues, would you consider donating to the Lent Project? No gift is too small! Donate Now. Back to Top. The Lent Project March 5 — April Greetings from The President The season of Lent invites Christ followers into a sacred space of worship and contemplation. Corey, President, Biola University. Biola University Biola Ave.
There are a number of moving parts and beautiful moments. You cannot separate these two healing stories. They are almost tied together—like the fact the the dying girl is twelve years old and the woman has been riddled with hemorrhaging for twelve years. After she is healed, Jesus wants to hear her story—wants to know her, not just solve her problem.
But, on top of all of this, Jesus is a warm invitation to all people, wherever they are in life.
Whether she has been struggling for years with pain, poverty, and exclusion or he has just suffered the most devastating loss imaginable, Jesus listens to their story and provides comfort in the midst of pain. Saturday, March Luke Faithfulness is consecration in overalls.
It is the steady acceptance and performance of the common duty and immediate task without any reference to personal preferences—because it is there to be done and so is a manifestation of the Will of God. Faithfulness means continuing quietly with the job we have been given, in the situation where we have been placed; not yielding to the restless desire for change. It means tending the lamp quietly for God without wondering how much longer it has go to go on. Invocation for March , Almighty God, By the power of your Holy Spirit open our eyes, ears, hearts, and very lives to your presence so that today we may worship and serve you in faithfulness, and be blessing and healing reminders of your love to all whose lives we touch.
We offer our prayers in the name of Christ. Whatever it holds has to eventually be emptied out so that something more can be put into it.
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I have learned that I cannot always expect my life to be full. There has to be some emptying, some pouring out, if I am to make room for the new. The spiritual journey is like that—a constant process of emptying and Eilling, of living and receiving, of accepting and letting go. Monday, March Luke I have come to learn certain things about private prayer.
You cannot pray to order. You can get on your knees to order; but how to pray? I have found nothing more important than to learn how to get oneself into that frame and condition in which one can pray.
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You have to learn how to start yourself off, and it is just here that this knowledge of yourself is so important. What I have generally found is that to read something which can be characterized in general as devotional is of great value. By devotional I do not mean something sentimental, I mean something with a true element of worship in it. Notice that I do not say that you should start yourself in prayer by always reading the Scriptures; because you can have precisely the same difEiculty there. Start by reading something that will warm your spirit.
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Get rid of a coldness that may have developed in your spirit. You have to learn how to kindle a Elame in your spirit, to warm yourself up, to give yourself a start. It is comparable, if you like, to starting a car when it is cold. You have to learn how to use a spiritual choke.
I have found it most rewarding to do that, and not to struggle vainly. When one Einds oneself in this condition, and that it is difEicult to pray, do not struggle in prayer for the time being, but read something that will warm and stimulate you, and you will Eind that it will put you into a condition in which you will be able to pray more freely. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
If it cannot be given to me to deserve one day to share the Cross of Christ, at least may I share that of the good thief. Of all beings other than Christ of whom the Gospel tells us, the good thief is by far the one I most envy. To have been at the side of Christ and in the same state during the cruciEixion seems to me a far more enviable privilege than to be at the right hand of his glory. Wednesday, March James My prayer is not the whimpering of a beggar nor a confession of love. Nor is it the trivial reckoning of a small tradesman: Give me and I shall give you.
My prayer is the report of a soldier to his general: this is what I did today, this is how I fought to save the entire battle in my own sector, these are the obstacles I found, this is how I plan to Eight tomorrow. My God and I are horsemen galloping in the burning sun or under drizzling rain. Pale, starving, but unsubdued, we ride and we converse.
He turns his face towards me, and I shudder to confront his anguish.
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Our love for each other is rough and ready, we sit at the same table, we drink the same wine in the low tavern of life. Thursday, March Luke Fully immersed in this world, Christians belong to no world. Instead, while teased by each hope and every vision, they know them to be only hints of the new heaven and the new earth rooted in divine promises. And our yearning to become lost in God only intensiEies our tears over the thought of leaving this life. Christian existence is a joyful nonsense. Paul Jones. But our suffering will have meaning, will be lifted up, transformed by the unceasing love of God.
Saturday, March Luke Salvation is free, but the cost of discipleship is enormous. I try to hide from the truth but when I read the Gospels and seek to live in communion with God, I discover both parts of the statement are dead-center truth. I can do nothing to earn my salvation. My redemption is a pure gift of grace, a gift offered to me without qualiEication or reservation.
Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again to bring this gift of salvation to me in all its fullness. My faith can appropriate this gift, but even my greatest doubt cannot change its reality. All words are inadequate to describe the extravagance and grandeur of the gift of salvation. Our hymns of praise and gratitude fall lifeless before the immensity of this gift. We simply and humbly offer all that we are to the One who offers us the option of becoming more than we are.
In offering ourselves as fully as we can, we discover the cost of discipleship. For to bind our lives to Jesus Christ requires that we try to walk with him into the sorrows and suffering of the world. Being bound to Jesus Christ, we see barriers broken down and we are led to places we have never been before and to carry loads we have not even seen before. Having offered ourselves to Jesus Christ, we may expect to become the eyes, ears, voice, and hands of Jesus Christ in the world and in the church.
The cost of salvation? It is completely free and without cost. The cost of discipleship? Only our lives—nothing more and nothing less. Invocation for March , Lord of life and love, Help us to worship thee in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in thy presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may Eind Thy will for our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sunday, March 19 Third Sunday of Lent : Isaiah 55 Our questions can serve us well in a time such as this, a time of grave uncertainty, of soaring potential, of fragile yet resilient hope.
Our questions and questing are crucial, because they can help us live into the answer of the future. I am certain of the one thing: the love that is God is at the heart of the answer, just as it is at the heart of each moment—past, present, and future. Faith today, tomorrow, and always seeks to live, to love, and to be loved fully.
It seeks the holy and waits though not always patiently to be found; it nurtures and activates wisdom and compassion.
It chooses to embrace hope and to be embraced by hope, even when overwhelmed by despair; it seeks life even in the face of death. We act in faith, knowing that we see only dimly. But living in faith, we act anyway, choosing and doing the best we can. We act and live in conEidence that someday we will see fact to face, that we will live into the answers. Monday, March John The shalom bringers spread a sense of warmth, comfort, hope, and well-being even before a word is spoke. They themselves are the interlinking, not just their words and actions. They do not talk about religion all the time.
They are not constantly telling us to cheer up and look on the bright side. They may not say anything special at all, but when we are with them we feel understood, accepted, and welcomed. When we think of these men and women in our lives, we feel as if God is reaching out to us through them. We know that if God is like them—only much more so—then the universe is in safe hands. The glory of God shines through their faces and touches us through their hands.
We call them children of God. Help me to see and know myself as you see and know me. Give me clear insight into my relationship with you. Let me know myself as you know me. Give me assurance that I belong to you. Remove from me those nagging doubts and needless fears that I may not be good enough to be numbered with the great company of heaven. On the other hand, if I am living in separation from you, if I am more a creature of evil than a child of God, O Great Physician, use your convicting scalpel on me.