My thoughts got a bit long (and can go longer) on our current spiritual situation. I put an extended thought HERE.
Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:17, ESV)
Reading for Today: Psalm 55, 74 Lam 2:1-9 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11 Mark 12:1-11 In his march to the Cross, Jesus goes straight at the religious leaders. When spiritual authority is gone, all that is left is theological wordplay, manipulation, and outright intimidation. It still happens today.
Reading for Today: Psalm 97, 99, 100, 94, 95 Gen. 49:29-50:14 1 Cor. 11:17-34 Mark 8:1-10 This particular time period may be one of the most upside down time periods I’ve experienced in my lifetime in American Christianity.
Reading for today: Ps. 30, 32, 42, 43 Ez. 49:21-29 Phil. 4:10-20 John 17:20-26
Ash Wednesday Readings: Psalm 95, 32, 143, 102, 130 Amos 5:6-15 Heb. 12:1-14 Luke 18:9-14
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15, NIV) There is a simple, literal rendering of this word meaning “to change one’s mind.” That doesn’t capture what Jesus is asking of us.
Lent is a time to deal with the ugliness in our lives.
We too often “consider” the things of Jesus, or pick and choose what we think we may like about Jesus… and leave it at that.
JESUS! How we need REPENTANCE in our lives! How we need to WAKE UP to the junk we call “treasure.”