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Expressions of Lent II

Mar 13th, 2017 | By Ava M. Gardner, Blog Lead


Monday, March 13, 2017
Luke 6:36-38

Passing On the Mercy of God

Jesus wants me to be merciful, just as He is. Jesus wants me to forgive others as He would forgive me. Jesus would not wish for me to judge others, because He would not. I know these are big things to do, but I will try my best to do them. Also, I will give up my football practice for Lent.

- Amaje Comer, Children's Representative

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Matthew 23:1-12

Growing daily in the Knowledge of God's Ways

In Matthew 23:1, Jesus told the people to obey the religious teaching & direction from the Pharisees as they were the official interpreters of the Law of Moses. Although they did not practice what they taught and expected from others. Today, this scripture reminds us that not only is God in heaven our spiritual Father and Teacher, but we all must be servants of Jesus regardless of our positions or status. You do not have to have great financial status or position, just a servant's heart.

When we say, we understand or have committed ourselves in growing daily in the knowledge of God, then we know that our serving of others helps us to expand our spiritual gifts. Jesus came as a servant. Serving is a form of worshiping. We show God our gratefulness for His blessings when we give of our time and service, as well as show His love to others. Growing daily in the knowledge of God's ways requires that we not only pray for understanding of our calling and mission during this spiritual journey, but Matthew 23:11 reads, "The greatest among you will be your servant." Let God not only work through you; but in you. To God, greatness comes from serving.

Lisa Stephenson/Malissa Murdock, Viola M. Harris Missionary Society

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Matthew 20:17-28

Being God's Vessel

We live in a time of greed, selfishness and competitiveness. Everything is about our own personal pleasure. In this passage of scripture, Jesus reminds us that to be a part of His kingdom, we must become servants rather than be served. Jesus was the ultimate example of how we should present ourselves as Christians. He was loving, compassionate, caring and most of all willing to offer His life for us to save us. Let us strive each day of our lives to be the vessels of all of these attributes that God created us to be.

- Phyllis Chapman-Children's Ministry

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Luke 16:19-31

Come Back Home to God

During this season of Lent, let's rejoice in the fact that Christ came to give us life, then God sent us a Comforter that would help us live it. Today's scripture highlights the fact that the decision to follow God is an individual one. God has planted eternity in all of our hearts (Eccl. 3:11) The longing, however, is continuously misdiagnosed. Those who are lost seek to fill the void the best way they know how. Our responsibility, as believers and empowered disciples of Christ, is to sacrifice our time, energy, resources and even our being (Romans 12:1), in order to point the way to a longed for and loving God; enlightening the masses about the only one who can satisfy the longing within, inspiring them with the desire to know God. We need to help others find their way back home to God

- Regina Tate

Friday, March 17, 2017
Matthew 521:33-43, 45-46

Helping Others to Be Reconciled to God

I try to be as good an example as I can as there are those who may be watching. Jesus is a Rock, and I try to stand close to The Rock to show others that they can build on it by knowing "What Saith The Lord," or they can stumble over it with false and evil ways. In trying to reach us with His love, God sent his son with his perfect life and his words of truth, which are meant to cause us to listen and to follow God. When we refuse to listen and still follow our false ways, we are in essence rejecting the Kingdom of God, and it will be taken away . Stay close to God and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.

- Madestella Holcomb

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Being Mindful of our Sacred Story

What a blessing and how wonderful is God's grace and kindness! Even when we "fall short" and stray from the path of righteousness, our Heavenly Father is still there, waiting for us with love and mercy, stretching out His arms to welcome us home, where we belong. And, He welcomes us lavishly, unconditionally, without apology or hesitation. He gives us the very best of Himself and all that He embodies. Thank you dear God, for your grace and your mercy, for giving "your only begotten son that whosoever believeth in HIM shall not perish but have everlasting life." No where is this truth more clearly and beautifully expressed than in the parable of the Prodigal Son. As he finally realizes his needless suffering, having strayed away from home, he sees the light. We too must always remember "the sacred story." And that is this, we have a God who loves us, who will leave the "ninety-nine" to reclaim and celebrate the safe return of the "one" who was lost but is now found (saved)! Joyful, Joyful we adore thee now and forever!

Dr. Dorothy Hayden-Watkins , NHBC Community Affairs Ministry

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