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Lent Devotional Week 6

 

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this coming Good Friday and Easter, we, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season of Lent. Join us as we pray together during this season. 

Matthew 21:9 (NIV) The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

From Pastor Donnie Chase - Palm Sunday marks the triumphal entry of our Lord Jesus into Jerusalem. Just six days before His crucifixion, Matthew 21:1-11 tells us that “the whole city was stirred” with people asking about Jesus and shouting, “Hosanna!” Hosanna is a Hebrew expression meaning, “Save!” The people, wanting to be saved from the Roman occupation did not realize that Jesus had come to save them from their sins. As Jesus entered the city on a donkey, the crowds spread their coats before him and laid out palm branches they had cut in the road. All around Him they shouted loud praises of “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Through all of this praise, Jesus did not lose sight of His Father’s plan; the Suffering Servant did not lose sight of the cross.

  1. As we celebrate Palm Sunday, let us praise God for sending King Jesus to save us from our sins!
  2. Take time today to consider our role in our Heavenly Father’s plan. Pray that we would walk in obedience, just as Jesus did.
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Lent Devotional Week 5

 

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this coming Good Friday and Easter, we, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season of Lent. Join us as we pray together during this season.

John 12:26 (NIV) - Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 

 From Ethan Swartz - During Lent, we set aside worldly distractions to focus our attention on Christ. We serve Christ by following Him in death –by daily “dying to the life in this world” (John 12:25). By living lives of selfless service to others and to our God, we die to our selfish wants and demands. Jesus promises us that this sacrifice is worth it. Following Him through sacrifice results in being with Christ eternally and gaining honor from the Father. I don’t know what you have given up for Lent, but an attitude of sacrifice is not just for these 40 days - it is to characterize all we do as believers.

 

  1.  Spend some time in prayer asking the Lord to identify areas you can die to yourself and selflessly serve others.
  2. Write down one concrete way you are going to selflessly serve others this week.
  3. Are you giving up what you want most for what you want now? Meditate on this idea – are you sacrificing eternal honor for momentary comfort and ease in this life?
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