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Lent Devotional Week 3

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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.

Psalm 19:14 (NIV) May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


From Pastor Craig Lester - Please take a few moments to read through Psalm 19 and Hebrews 1:1-4.
Daily, the sun speaks and yet sadly, so many ignore its voice. Daily, the Son—the eternal Word—speaks and yet sadly, even we who know Him sometimes ignore and disregard His words. The sun declares God’s glory. The Son, is the very radiance of God’s glory shining before us. Use the following questions to consider the ways in which God is speaking to you this Lenten season, both through creation and Christ.

  1. In what specific ways have you heard creation declaring God’s glory to you?
  2. Are you consciously cultivating a relationship with God through the living Word—who is the embodiment of all that is "sure, right, pure, clean, and true"?
  3. If so, are you presently enjoying the “revival, wisdom, joy and sweetness” of this relationship?
  4. Are you daily looking to Jesus, your Redeemer, for forgiveness of your hidden faults, access to God’s presence, cleansing power to offer acceptable worship to the Father, and strength to overcome “presumptuous” or intentional sins?

 

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The Suffering Comforter

This blog post is a part of an ongoing series leading up to Easter by some of our artists here at Faith Bible Church. During Holy Week, they will present the story of Christ’s death and resurrection through artwork displayed in our auditorium. Join us April 3, 2015 to pray through the Way of the Cross and encounter and be changed by Christ.

John 19:25 "Jesus said to His mother: "Woman, this is your son." Then He said to the disciple: "This is your mother."

One of the most moving scenes in the gospels is found when Jesus, on the cross and suffering, turns His attention to His mother, Mary. Sorrow must have filled Mary's heart to see her son mocked, tortured, and crucified. Mary provided for Jesus growing up. She gave him a home, love, and affection. And now, she found herself crushed seeing her son suffer. In the midst of her grief, Christ provided for her. Knowing that death was close, He did not leave His mother alone or wondering whether she would be.  Instead, Jesus, in His brokenness, looks to John to care for His mother.

This is a picture of who Christ is. Jesus shows his concern for the ones He loves. As we are reminded of this sad dark day, we can look upon the cross and see Jesus providing and caring for us even as He suffered pain and loneliness.

As we remember His provision for His mother and for us, we can pray with thanksgiving: God our Father, thank you for the way you reach out to us and care so freely and deeply for us. God the Son, thank you for being pierced for our sins. God the Holy Spirit, thank you for comforting us in our sorrow. May we reach out and care freely for those in need. May we suffer well for the sake of the gospel. And may we comfort others in sorrow. Amen.

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