Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 03-15-23

Intro: During this Lenten season, every devotional will begin with a quote from C.S. Lewis (author and theologian), followed by two readings: 1) A passage from the Psalter and 2) a writing from one of the Old Testament prophets or New Testament authors. We will look at both passages as a whole through the fulfilling work and wisdom of Christ—Truth.

Christ is the Living Word, so when the Bible is lovingly and wisely taught through Spirit-led proclamation it leads us to Christ who is the One who can actually bring spiritual life and guidance to our lives.

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him (CS Lewis; Letters).

Psalm 27:4-8 NLT
The one thing I ask of the Lord—    the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,    delighting in the Lord’s perfections    and meditating in his Temple.

For he will conceal me there when troubles come;    he will hide me in his sanctuary.    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

Then I will hold my head high    above my enemies who surround me.At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,    singing and praising the Lord with music.

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.    Be merciful and answer me!

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Isaiah 56:1-2 NLT
 This is what the Lord says:
“Be just and fair to all.
    Do what is right and good,
for I am coming soon to rescue you
    and to display my righteousness among you.

Blessed are all those
    who are careful to do this.
Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest
    and keep themselves from doing wrong.

Please take time to read over our passages for today. I will be teaching on them and leading a discussion this evening during our Lenten Bible Study at 7PM. I hope you will plan to join us in person at Connect2Christ Church or online through our website as we explore the Scriptures together.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for life and the many blessings you extend to your children each and every day. Continue to lead us toward spiritual prosperity and growth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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