Lent: Transforming Love (Day 40)

Read: Isaiah 53:4-9 Reflect: Have you ever taken the time to consider what God chose to do and what Jesus chose to do to save us from ourselves? You see, all humankind is condemned from the day of the first sin in the Garden of Eden; the first act of disobedience. God’s choice to offer…

Lent: Sacrificial Love (Day 39)

Read: John 13:1-15 Reflect: Do you all like that show Under Cover Boss? This passage reminds me of that show. Jesus is the Boss, and He wasn’t really undercover. He just wrapped a towel around himself. Peter refused at first, but Jesus convinced him to participate. Undoubtedly, everyone stopped and solemnly witnessed Jesus placing himself…

Lent: The Crucifixion (Day 38)

Read: John 18:1-19:42 Reflect: Crucifixion was the worst punishment known to man. It was so brutal that it was inappropriate to use the word in conversation. Jesus knew all the pain He was to go through, but yet He did not resist being arrested and carried to His death… Pain is everywhere. Pain is in…

Lent: As Bad as Judas (Day 37)

Read: Matthew 26:14-25 Reflect: I’m sure we all have been betrayed at one point in our lives. Maybe it was not as bad as how Jesus was betrayed by Judas, but we all have been betrayed on some level at some point. I’m also sure we all have betrayed someone before, at some point on…

Lent: Learning to Love (Day 36)

Read: John 13:34 Reflect: I always find it helpful to define the subject matter. In this case, love. There are four types of love mentioned in the Bible. Phileo—Brotherly love, love based on common interests. Eros—Love that is self-gratifying, based on what is important to self. Storge—Love that refers to the kind of love that…

Lent: Palm Sunday (Day 35)

Read: Mark 11:1-10 Reflect: I always imagine that this scene, of Palm Sunday, was full of excitement. As a child I would wave palm branches as vigorously as I could and shout “Hosanna!” as loudly as I could as I acted out this scene in Sunday School, imagining that I was welcoming Jesus to my…

Lent: A Life Fully Devoted (Day 34)

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:56-58 Reflect: Did you hear that?! Read it again – “God gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” If I am God’s, then I win! Sometimes I think we forget that we are winners! We stumble around fussing over details and deadlines, oblivious to the Good News…