Lenten: 40 days of Grace 2016
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Lenten: 40 days of Grace 2016

Hallelujah! Hope is Found 3-27-16

Quest for Hope

Hallelujah! Hope is Found 3-27-16  

John 20: 1-23

 

Yesterday, was a day of quiet separation and contemplation as Jesus’ physical body laid lifeless in the tomb.  All of creation reacted to Messiah's death; yet it was planned from the beginning.  During this time of darkness, Christ's Spirit was working to release us from death, our bondage to sin, and to transfer us to the work of righteousness in his kingdom through the Holy Spirit.  Christ the Lord is risen, today!  He is our Risen Hope!   Hallelujah!  We have been forgiven and the work of the Holy Spirit has begun.

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It is Finished! 3-25-16

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It is Finished 3-25-16  

John 19:17-30

 

In Jesus’ example of serving and washing the disciples’ feet, we find God reaching out to serve us in a way we cannot serve ourselves; we need a relationship with Christ.  So, please connect to Christ. Jesus loves and forgives us, humbly takes our place, makes us clean, and then fills our hearts with His perfect love so we can serve others.  The depth of God’s love and commitment to have a relationship with us is revealed as we read our passage for today. 

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Washed to Serve 3-24-16

Quest for Hope

Washed to Serve 3-24-16  

John 13:1-15, 34-35

 

Yesterday, we read about Jesus and the turmoil in his soil; he knew within days he would be returning to the Father and completing his mission to lay the foundation for redemption.  Today, on our quest for hope, Jesus will model for his disciples the heart of God for His children.   Read the passage slowly and please note the revelation of such love and provision; to be washed and served by God.  We have nothing to do with cleaning ourselves in a presentable fashion; it is God’s doing when we place our Hope in the work of Grace.  

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A Soul in Turmoil 3-23-16

Quest for Hope

A Soul in Turmoil 3-23-16  

John 12:27-36

 

Yesterday, on our quest for hope, we read Jesus’ instructive words that his followers must die to self in order to live for God.  Today, Jesus applies that specific teaching lesson to his own life.  His soul is in turmoil as he faces his upcoming physical death to save humanity, as well as humanity’s increasing distrust and misunderstanding of God’s real redemptive purpose for him as Messiah.

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Producing True Life 3-22-16

Quest for Hope

Producing True Life 3-22-16  

John 12:23-26

 

Yesterday, in our quest for Hope from the Word of God, we could empathize with David and Jesus as they both looked for God to lift them from very hard places in life, only to feel somewhat abandoned by God.  God was present but silent.  When we feel that way, we must stay the course like Jesus, because God fulfilled everything that was planned for his life.  He is the exalted and glorious Stairway to eternity; the Way, the Truth, and the Life to the Father (John 14:6).  Today, Jesus affirms that truth through a parable when he tells his disciples to follow, remain connected to him, and be ready to serve at a moment’s notice.  It’s a picture of finding and producing true life with God, but it means setting down our own desires, interests, rights, and agendas in exchange for a higher purpose.

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Looking for God 3-21-16

Quest for Hope

Looking for God 3-21-16  

Psalm 22:1-8

 

On Saturday, we read about Zacchaeus and how he reveals a truly surrendered life.  In fact, Zacchaeus shows us grace in action as he seeks the Lord and puts his hope in Jesus to save him.  Zacchaeus demonstrates the power of grace as he climbs down from the tree to receive and fellowship with God’s Love.  He goes from being separated from the love of God in Christ to enjoying Christ as a guest in his home.  Truly, only God could have brought this about in Zacchaeus’ life.  Today, we will continue our quest for hope as we turn to the Psalter and visit David’s song in Book 22.  He sang about how he continued to look for God (like Zacchaeus), but at times he felt abandoned by Him.  Have you ever prayed, “Where are you, God?”  David did.  Jesus did.

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A Surrendered Life 3-19-16

Quest for Hope

A Surrendered Life 3-19-16  

Luke 19:1-10

 

Yesterday, we studied a passage from Luke about God’s great love and value for humanity.  Today, we will read about Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus and how a person who surrenders his or her life to Christ and truly repents is willing to embrace change in order to glorify the Father of Love.

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Valuable to God 3-18-16

Quest for Hope

Valuable to God 3-18-16  

Luke 15:1-7

 

Yesterday, we read a great passage quoting Jesus about counting the cost of discipleship and remaining committed to his passion to redeem all of humanity.  Today, we will invest time on our quest for hope in reading about the parable of the Lost Sheep.

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Count the Cost 3-17-16

Quest for Hope

Count the Cost 3-17-16  

Luke 14:28-35

 

Yesterday, we read about the narrow gate who is Jesus and the need to remain committed to God’s commands of love.  Today, we will read about Jesus’ advice to count the cost before choosing to become his disciple. Jesus invites us to be ready to live out what it takes to make him Lord; it will have an impact and he wants us to be prepared.  

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A Narrow Gate 3-16-16

Quest for Hope

A Narrow Gate 3-16-16 

Luke 13:22-27

 

Yesterday, we read about the religious blindness that hinders humanity from taking a posture of repentance before God.  When we repent, we are choosing to turn to God’s way of doing things.  God’s way and purpose for us is for grace to cause us to bear fruit.  Today, in our quest for hope, we will explore a statement from Jesus about the “narrow gate” that leads to the Kingdom of heaven, as well as the difficulty humans encounter trying to enter.

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A Narrow Gate 3-16-16 Intro

Quest for Hope

A Narrow Gate 3-16-16 Intro 

Luke 13:22-27

 

Yesterday, we read about the religious blindness that hinders humanity from taking a posture of repentance before God.  When we repent, we are choosing to turn to God’s way of doing things.  God’s way and purpose for us is for grace to cause us to bear fruit.  Today, in our quest for hope, we will explore a statement from Jesus about the “narrow gate” that leads to the Kingdom of heaven, as well as the difficulty humans encounter trying to enter.  I will post the passage this morning, so please read it.  We will invest time in interpreting the passage this evening during our Wednesday worship time and I will post the conclusion following our discussion.

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Religious Blindness 3-15-16

Quest for Hope

Religious Blindness 3-15-16 

Luke 13:1-9

 

Yesterday, we read about how the Spirit seals us in Truth, so we can come to God on his terms.  It is the work of the Spirit who helps us recognize and apply the Truth of how God intends for us to live.  Today, we will read a passage from Luke about repentance.  I recently taught on this very passage and look forward to revisiting it.  Repentance is paramount to understanding the need for the crucifixion, as well as the power out-flowing the resurrection.

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Sealed by Truth 3-14-16

Quest for Hope

Sealed by Truth 3-14-16 

Psalm 24:1-6

 

On Saturday, our focus was on the cost of the cross when entering the Kingdom of God.  Jesus will call us to pick up our cross and follow him.  Today on our quest for hope, we will read about how our hearts are sealed by truth and we are saved by the righteousness of Christ, yet in his song David reveals there are terms.  Let’s read about them.

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The Kingdom and the Cross 3-12-16

Quest for Hope

The Kingdom and the Cross 3-12-16 

Matthew 16:21-27

 

Yesterday, the gospel of Matthew guided us to reflect on what actually makes us clean on the inside before God by identifying the human problem.  The real problem is we are dirty at the core of our being and outward religious observances cannot make us holy.  Only the work of Christ can wash our internal being and make us pleasing to God. Today, on our quest for hope Jesus explains what is involved in following him to that cleansing: a cross for our will as we surrender to the eternal work of the Kingdom.

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Internal Problem 3-11-16

Quest for Hope

Internal Problem 3-11-16 

Matthew 15:11-20

 

Yesterday, we read Jesus’ example of what makes good soil in the heart for receiving His Word and letting it take root.  Today, we will read more wisdom from Christ as he teaches the disciples about what really defiles (contaminates) a person before a holy God.

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Human Soil 3-10-16

Quest for Hope

Human Soil 3-10-16 

Matthew 13:3-9

Last night, we enjoyed talking about the “rest for our souls” that Christ provides.  A rest that includes physical refreshment and a rest that brings spiritual freedom, because we are “joined” with him.  Today, we will look at the soil of our hearts, because the seed of the Word will fall there and either flourish or die.

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Time to Rest 3-9-16 Conclusion

Quest for Hope

Time to Rest 3-9-16 

Matthew 11:28-30

 

Yesterday, we invested time reading about what it means to be a wise worshiper of Christ.  Today, Christ calls us to join him in a place of refreshment and rest; he is our River of Life and Guide by our side. 

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Time to Rest 3-9-16 Intro

Quest for Hope

Time to Rest 3-9-16 Intro

Matthew 11:28-30

 

Yesterday, we invested time reading about what it means to be a wise worshiper of Christ.  Today, Christ calls us to join him in a place of refreshment and rest; he is our River of Life and Guide by our side.   Tonight, we will be investing more time in our study of this rest during our worship time.  In the meantime, here is the passage:

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A Wise Worshiper 3-8-16

Quest for Hope

A Wise Worshiper 3-8-16 

Matthew 7:21-27

 

Yesterday, we read about God’s plan for us to sow (offer) our wills for his guidance in order to reap the spiritual prosperity he has for us.  We can be wise or foolish; we choose the path. Today, we will look at how God’s Word and His wisdom plays into that prosperity.   Here’s our passage for today:

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Sowing and Reaping 3-7-16

Quest for Hope

Sowing and Reaping 3-7-16 

Psalm 1

 

The Lord is always teaching me in practical ways about His Kingdom.  On Saturday morning, my devotional time was spent in reflecting upon the spiritual armor God provides.  When I put on the full spiritual armor of God, I can stand in His strength.  I needed that righteous armor many times this past weekend; God is so good to make sure we remember His promises are available at all times!  Today, the Spirit is taking us to Psalm 1 where we will look at sowing seed and reaping fruit; a promise from the Lord that when we put the Word (seed) into our spirits it will flourish and cause us to prosper (fruit).  Likewise, if we do not mediate on the Word or allow it to penetrate our hearts to bring about change, we will reap a joyless and scattered life apart from the purposes of God.

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Armed with Agreement 3-5-16

Quest for Hope

Armed with Agreement 3-5-16 

Ephesians 6:10-18

 

Yesterday, we read about how the people of Light shine in a world that prefers darkness. Christ’s followers demonstrate a different way to live; a way that pleases God.  Today, we will look at Paul’s advice about putting on spiritual armor, because if we are determined to live in agreement with God we are going to encounter a battle for allegiance.

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People of Light 3-4-16

Quest for Hope

People of Light 3-4-16 

Ephesians 5:8-17

 

Yesterday, we read about how the Spirit who occupies us wants to renew our thoughts and attitudes about our lives.  Today, we will continue our quest for hope as we read further in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus (Turkey—Aegean region) written around AD 62.  Is it relevant, today?

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Occupied 3-3-16

Quest for Hope

Occupied 3-3-16

Ephesians 4:22-32

Last night, we had a great discussion about what makes a life example of saving grace; grace saves us from death into life. Grace begins the journey, grace ends the journey, and grace occupies everything in-between. Salvation is entirely something that only God can do in a heart. We should never be surprised who makes the journey with Jesus, nor when they choose to make it. Anyone who desires God can know Him by grace; it is never too late. Today, we will continue our quest for hope in the book of Ephesians as we remember to leave no room for the devil; it is “heart housecleaning time!” Let’s choose to start the process of throwing out the stuff occupying space that should not be a part of our life in Christ.

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Life Examples 3-2-16

Quest for Hope Life Examples 3-2-16 I Ephesians 2:1-7 Yesterday, we were reminded to value the things passed down to us from heaven; spiritual blessings. Tonight, we will listen to the apostle’s teaching about moving from death to life and learning to live as Life Examples.

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Belonging to the Son 3-1-16

Quest for Hope

Belonging to the Son 3-1-16 

Ephesians 1:3-10

 

Yesterday, we explored the importance of placing our lives honestly before God; we can know the joy of forgiveness only when we are honest with Him.  Today, we will press in to understand the spiritual blessings (our inheritance) when we belong to the Son.  We must value these things that are passed down from heaven.

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Disciplined by God 2-29-16

Quest for Hope

Disciplined by God 2-29-16 

Psalm 32:1-6a, 8-10

 

On Saturday, we looked at sin and how it is a slavery for our souls; a slavery God never wanted for us.  We should be angry at the sin that seeks to rob us in our relationship with God.  Today, we will look at a psalm (a song) written by King David.  The King had committed adultery and had tried to hide his sin from God.  David found that when he finally confessed he had sinned against God’s way of love, He was actually liberated and found this sweet place of surrender; his heart began to sing, again. 

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Increasing Grace 2-27-16

Quest for Hope

Increasing Grace 2-27-16 

Romans 6:1-2, 5-7, 11-14

 

Yesterday, we were filled with hope as we thought about what it means to be a friend of God; a gift of Grace in spite of our sin.  We also realized being a “friend” means we will be called upon to lay our lives down for the cause of loving God and others.  God is sacrificial love; agape.  Today, we are on a quest of hope as we pursue God’s increasing grace.

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Lay It Down 2-26-16

Quest for Hope

Lay It Down 2-26-16 

Romans 5:1-2, 6-10

 

Yesterday, we recognized the depth to which God desires to stretch our faith; like Abraham we must believe in His promises and take God at His Word.  Today in our quest for hope, we will see the extent to which Christ’s sacrifice for our sins has taken us in our relationship with God. Because of Christ, not only are we restored in relationship with the Father, but we are actually imparted the spiritual life of Christ within our physical bodies through the Spirit, so we can bring glory to God who is Love.

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If We Believe 2-25-16

Quest for Hope

If We Believe 2-25-16 

Romans 4:18-25

 

Yesterday in our quest for hope, we looked at the true Gift from God called salvation.  Today, we will continue with the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans when he used father Abraham as an example of growing hope and faith.  This faith Abraham extends to believe God’s promise counts him righteous with God.  Here’s the believer’s story:

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An Echo 2-24-16

Quest for Hope

An Echo 2-24-16 

Romans 3:21-26

 

Yesterday, we read about how creation magnifies the presence of Creator God.  That creation includes every human being; we are God’s handiwork created to love Him and take care of His creation.  Tonight, we will read about God’s presentation of Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin and our ability to now be an echo of his likeness.

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Living By Faith 2-23-16

Quest for Hope

Living By Faith 2-23-16

Romans 1:16-20

 

Yesterday, we praised God for answering our prayers; our hope in His loving care continues to grow as we receive His life through faith.  Today, in our quest for hope we will focus on the power of living by faith.  The Apostle Paul will be our guide this morning…

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God Answers Prayer 2-22-16

Quest for Hope

God Answers Prayer 2-22-16

Psalm 65:1-5

 

On Saturday, we found great hope in our understanding that Christ’s sacrifice was enough; Jesus paid in full for our sins.  Today, in our quest for hope we will focus on the God who answers prayer.

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A Whole New Approach 2-20-16

Quest for Hope

A Whole New Approach 2-20-16

Hebrews 10:11-18

 

Yesterday, we focused on the sacrifice of Jesus; a sacrifice for atonement that was made once and for all.  Today, we will be reminded in our quest for hope that no more sacrifices are necessary to be right with God; Jesus paid it all in full. Simply offering an obedient heart—a new heart—to the work of His grace is sufficient to please the Father!  Even though I would like you to read the whole passage listed above; here are a few verses listed below:

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The Scapegoat 2-19-16

Quest for Hope

The Scapegoat 2-19-16

Hebrews 9:11-14

 

Yesterday, our focus was on surrendering our weakness for Mercy’s Kiss—the power of Christ to conquer sin.  Today, in our quest for hope, we will look at two covenant systems referred to in the bible: the old and the new and what makes them different.  The old system involved outward cleansing ceremonies through the spilling of animal blood where only a priest could enter; it never brought a cleansing to the people’s conscience.  The new system provides a personal Savior—the sacrificial Lamb and the Scapegoat—who enters and does a complete cleansing of the inner person.  Someone say, “This is Grace!”

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Mercy's Kiss 2-18-16

Quest for Hope

Mercy’s Kiss 2-18-16

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Last night we enjoyed a great discussion with our lesson about the work of grace in salvation and our eternal hope in receiving, living, and serving in Christ’s power.  We must not allow unbelief to have any place in our hearts.  Today, we are going to reap a harvest by learning to reach for Mercy’s Kiss.

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Faithful in Belief 2-17-16 Conclusion

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Faithful in Belief 2-17-16 Conclusion

Hebrews 3:7-15

 

Our scripture passage guides us to wisely search our hearts (cardio is the center of one’s being) every day; we are to search for evil or unbelief hiding within us. If Jesus defeated sin and death, how does evil remain an issue for the believer?  Evil exists in our world and we will always experience temptation.  Fear comes to rob us of our trust in God. 

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Faithful in Belief 2-17-16 Intro

Quest for Hope

Faithful in Belief 2-17-16 Intro

Hebrews 3:7-15

 

Yesterday, we were filled with gratitude as we read about how Jesus defeated death by offering himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sin.  The cross is really a symbol of love; the love of God for all humanity.  God is determined to make a way to have a relationship with His creation.  We simply need to accept His terms; the cross.  In our quest for hope this morning, we are going to look at some wisdom from the book of Hebrews on how to stay strong and faithful in our belief in the work of Christ. Jesus said, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).  If we do so, we can enter into God’s rest, because human effort accomplishes nothing eternal (John 6:63).

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Defeating Death 2-16-16

Quest for Hope

Defeating Death 2-16-16

Hebrews 2:14-18

 

Yesterday, we read about how Jesus rescues us from our weaknesses (inclination to sin against God) for the purpose of restoration.  In our quest for hope this morning, we are going to look at how Jesus defeated death.  Death can be a frightening thing to even think about let alone imminently face. Jesus understands our fear.

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Jesus Rescues 2-15-16

Quest for Hope

Jesus Rescues 2-15-16

Psalm 80:3-7

 

Adam and Eve stepped into rebellion against God; this rebellion set humanity on the wrong side of God’s love.  Yet, God continues to ask for our devotion; we all get to respond to His offer for relationship.  The most beautiful part about the love of God is, even though humanity fails at responding obediently to His love, He still makes a way to come back and rescue us.  No greater love!

 

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What Do You Want? 2-13-16

Quest for Hope

What Do You Want? 2-13-16

John 1:35-42

 

Yesterday, we revisited why John called Jesus the Lamb of God. In our passage this morning, John the Baptist—the one calling for humanity to turn back to God—is walking with two of his disciples and they leave him to follow Jesus.  One of the disciples is Andrew.  He leaves to get his brother, Simon, and announces to him, “We’ve found him!  We have found the Christ!”  Andrew and Simon catch up to Jesus and both begin to follow him; something within them is excited because their Teacher of Truth has arrived.  When Jesus realizes he is being followed; he turns to these men and says, “What do you want?  

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Lamb of God 2-12-16

Quest for Hope

Jesus the Lamb 2-12-16

John 1:29-34

 

Yesterday, we took an honest look at our hearts; we realized because of sin/selfishness we needed a heart for Jesus who is the Living Expression of selfless Love.  How do we become a living expression of God’s love when clearly our lives tend toward sin/selfishness?  How do we hold onto our Hope when we recognize this reality?  In our passage this morning, John the Baptist points to Jesus in the crowd and says, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God?

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A Heart for Jesus 2-11-16

Quest for Hope

A Heart for Jesus 2-11-16

John 1:14-17

 

Lent is a time for honest reflection.  It is a time to be reminded of humanity’s ongoing sin against God’s selfless love; humans prefer selfishness and this choice separates us from the divine presence.  God is pure love and cannot occupy the same space as selfishness; He is Light and in Him is no darkness.  Each of us enters the world born with selfish and self-exalting inclinations and because of Grace, we are now invited into the redemptive process as children of God—children learning the ways of holy love.  Because of Jesus we can know the truth of our original identity—created in the image of God—receive the forgiving mercy of God, and grow in the power of Grace (God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense).  Do you long for truth about yourself wrapped in tender mercy?  

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