Lament to Praise: Trusting God’s Vindication

Psalm 79 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;    they have defiled your holy temple;    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.2 They have given the bodies of your servants    to the birds of the heavens for food,    the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.3 They have poured out their blood like water    all around Jerusalem,    and there was no one to bury them.4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,    mocked and …

How am I waiting?

Matthew 5:20–26 Jesus said, “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with …

New Song Sunday • You’ve Already Won

This song supports the overarching narrative of our upcoming series on Joshua. God promised the children of Israel the promised land and at every turn of their journey, He faithfully provided for them. Yet when it came time to take the land they were hesitant and afraid because of the giants that they saw in front of them. They didn’t realize that they were about to fight a battle that God had already won.

Holy Thursday • Authentic Worship

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worshipdoesn’t.” John Piper As individual Christians we should find our purpose in life by looking at God’s purpose for hisbody. We often refer to the purpose of the church as missions….doing the things that Godcommissioned the church to do (Matthew 28:18-20). The problem is that many …

Holy Wednesday • Distraction and Failure

“If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation.” Andrew Sullivan Mark 14:26-52 is a painful testimony of the numerous and repeated failures of the disciples to serve Jesus when he was at the most important stage of his …

Holy Tuesday • Taking Up the Cross

Read Mark 8:27-9:1 The Gospel of Mark takes a very serious and somber turn beginning with these verses. Jesus begins to reveal what it truly means for him to be the Messiah. Even though Jesus has not himself preached that he is to be a popular political figure and miracle worker, many of the crowds as well as his followers …

Holy Monday •The Curse of Busyness

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” – John 14:9 Many people today like to think about Jesus as a really nice, agreeable, weak sort of man. Some would characterize him as the “kind and gentle” face of God. While it is true that Jesus was often kind and gentle with the people he came into contact with, he …

Lent Devotional #25 • The Lamb Who Serves

Read Exodus 12:1-14 and John 13:1-17, 31-35 Think about the most humble person you know. Got that person in mind? Now, how much power, authority, or influence does that person have? Unfortunately, the person you have in mind probably isn’t the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or on trajectory to become our next President. In our world today, power, …

Lent Devotional #24 • Abraham Rejoiced to See Me

Read Genesis 17:3-9 and John 8:51-59  When is the last time that you eagerly waited for something with such hope and expectation that you were visibly full of nervous excitement? This is the kid at Christmas that can’t wait to rip open her presents. This is the husband that can’t stop crying when he sees his bride in her white …

Lent Devotional #22 • Son of Man Lifted

Read John 8:21-30 and Numbers 21:4-9 Jesus came to his own people speaking to them about their shared history. Three times in theGospel of John. Jesus makes an explicit reference to an odd tale from the Israelites time in thewilderness under Moses. We see one of those references in John 8:28. “ 28  So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted …