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Lent Devotionals: Monday, March 13

2 Corinthians 4:8-11, CEB


We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed. We are confused, but we aren’t depressed.  We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out.  We always carry Jesus’ death around in our bodies so that Jesus’ life can also be seen in our bodies.  We who are alive are always being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake so that Jesus’ life can also be seen in our bodies that are dying.
 

Meditation

The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fighting’s without; yet we are not destroyed. The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ’s resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.

Prayer:  Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children, we praise you for all you have given us, for all you have done for us, for all that you are to us.  In our weakness, you are strength, in our darkness, you are light,  in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.

We cannot number your blessings, we cannot declare your love.   For all your blessings we bless you. May we live as in your presence, and love the things that you love, and serve you in our daily lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen!

 

 



Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 10

Fake News….NOT
 
Over the past few months there has been a debate between the White House and much of America’s mainstream media.  The debate stems from what the White House claims to be “fake news.”  According to the claim, the reports being shared with the American public are without merit, they are based on falsehoods and half-truths.
I’m not here to debate either side of the argument or whether the argument carries any merit at all, for that matter.  I’m more interested in news I have complete confidence in, news that not only has earthly implications but eternal ones as well.
You see, news is only as reliable as the source or sources from which it comes.  Reports coming from people with questionable character, from people with their own agenda, from people with ulterior motives is, at best, biased and, at worst, false.
According to Mark’s gospel, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan prior to his public ministry;

“At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. (Mk. 1:12-13a).”  Matthew and Luke provide a more detailed account.  But all three provide evidence of Jesus’ success against these temptations.  
In overcoming these temptations in his wilderness experience, Jesus earns credibility, integrity, and reliability.  Therefore, the “good news” he shares with the world after this experience is reliable, dependable, and trustworthy.
 
That’s the kind of news I can count on.  How about you?

God’s richest blessings to you all,
Pastor Scott

“Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14-15, CEB)
 
Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor