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Lent Devotionals: Monday, April 10

2 Corinthians 5:14-21, CEB

 
14 The love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: one died for the sake of all; therefore, all died. 15 He died for the sake of all so that those who are alive should live not for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised. 16 So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now. 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!” 21 God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.
 

Meditation

“I believe this is truly one of the greatest God-inspired writings.  This passage gives us a look at the Great Commandment and Great Commission all in one revelatory passage.  And since the apostle Paul was placed on assignment by the resurrected Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, to compel the Gentiles to Himself, I do not know of any other place in the New Testament Scriptures that best reveals a summation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles with the same intensity as we see in Second Corinthians 5:14-21 and 6:1.
How sobering it became for me to know how our Sovereign prevails in His calling and His leading by His Spirit; He has led me out of darkness and into His marvelous light.”
(Cheryl Chew, “Make Me Your Choice: Compelling Personal Stories of Struggle and Healing”)

Prayer:  O God, Eternal King and Father of all mercies, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the light of your love; to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom.
Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that we may do your will with cheerfulness during the day, and when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ, our risen and reigning Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen!

 

 


Lent Devotionals: Friday, April 7

A Time of Comfort

Nick Vujicic is an internationally known evangelist. He speaks to diverse groups of students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations. What makes Nick different from other speakers is the fact that he was born with no arms and no legs.
Nick struggled in school where other kids bullied and rejected him. Thoughts of suicide plagued him until one day when, at the age of 15, Nick read the story in John 9 about a man being born blind; “This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. (John 9:3b, CEB).” It was through that reading that Nick was able to look beyond his struggles and see that God can use them for even greater things.
Nick says, of his journey; “If just one more person finds eternal life in Jesus Christ… it is all worth it. (lifewithoutlimbs.org).”
The apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his side, an affliction of some kind. He prayed three times to have the thorn removed but God didn’t do so. Instead, Paul writes, “He said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9a, CEB).’” In other words, “I will give you all you need while you suffer but, in the bigger scheme of things, your suffering will serve a greater purpose; to reflect my power to others.”
Though God doesn’t always remove us from pain, heartache, and struggles, he does promise to be with us and to help us through.
As I look back on the lowest points in my life, I now see how God was with me and carried me through. Not only that, but I also see how God has used those times to allow me to connect with others struggling through similar times and perhaps provide a little bit of hope and an encouraging word to keep them going and to lean on God.
I’m certain God has, is, and will be with you through your darkest hours and I know that God will use your struggles to help others in their time of need.

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
Pastor Scott

“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, CEB)

Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor