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Suggestions for Daily Scripture Reading
Scriptures Readings for the Lenten Season
|Day l: Mark 13:32-37||Day 2: John 12:44-50||Day 3: Luke 15:11-32||Day 4: Luke 4:1-13||
Day 5: Luke 6:1-5
|Day 6: Mark 5:1-20||
Day 7: Matthew 17:1-13
|Day 8: John 4:1-42||Day 9: John 11:1-16||
Day 10: Mark 4:10-20
|Day 11: Mark 10:17-28||Day 12: John 13:1-20||Day 13: John 13:31-34||Day 14: Luke 17: 1-10|
Day 15: Luke 18:31-34
|Day 16: Mark 11-.27-33||Day 17: Mark 13:1-13||Day 18: Mark 11:1-11||Day 19: Mark 14:12-21||Day 20: Mark 14:22-25||Day 21: Mark 14:26-31|
|Day 22: Mark 14:32-42||Day 23: Luke 22:1-6||
Day 24: Luke 22:24-30
|Day 25: Luke 22:31-34||Day 26: Luke 22:39-45||Day 27: Matthew 26:47-56||Day 28: Matthew 26:57-68|
|Day 29: Mark 14:53-65||Day 30: Mark 14:66-72||Day 31: Mark 15:1-15||Day 32: Mark 15:16-29||Day 33: Luke 23:6-12||Day 34: Luke 23:13-25||
Day 35: John 18:12-14
|Day 36: John 19:1-16||Day 37: Matthew 27:1-10||
Day 38: Matthew 27:15-23
|Day 39: Matthew 27:32-44||Day 40-Maundy Thursday: Matthew 26:26-30, 47-55||Day 41-Good Friday: Luke 23:44-49||Day 42-Holy Saturday Mark 15:33-41|
|Easter Sunday Luke 24:1-53
"Jesus' own message was not for the fainthearted or the cynical. He spoke to all those willing to open their eyes to see and their ears to hear, to refine their senses and attune their minds and hearts to the divine kingdom in their midst. Now, as Rabbi Jesus' movement enters its third millennium, its great goal has yet to be achieved: to share Jesus' vision with all humanity, that it may enter through the gates of heaven and be transformed by the energy of God."-Bruce Chilton, Rabbi Jesus
By Bill Vannoy
May everything I say and do,
Oh, Say Can You See?
"Oh, Say, can you see,
He declares the answer in a later verse:
"The star-spangled banner
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Smashed dreams, the end of what might have been,
In my own life I have witnessed the breakdown of a marriage, struggled with emotional scars, experienced the let-down of unrealized dreams and the wish to have things turn out differently somehow. We all have. But as life goes on I can recognize the makings of a plan in my life that is being worked out day by day and year by year. I can even say now that it has been a blessing to have traveled this way-experiencing those sad and trying times in my life. We were never promised a life-time of fairness, good fortune and never ending happiness. It is by keeping on, hanging on, and looking to Jesus that we will finally find peace of mind, understanding and calm waters. The hope that I have now is made possible by the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior. He relates to my lifetime experiences. He went through similar experiences himself. He not only wept over Jerusalem but for me and with me.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory.
Following in His Footsteps
By Sharon Miller
Matthew 25: 34-40 (The Living Bible)
When I think about the season of Lent I think of——
TRUTH BY THE SCRIPTURE
The Lord's Prayer
A young man was being tried for committing a robbery. An elderly woman was a defense witness and said the young man could not be guilty because she had seen him less than five minutes before the robbery at a location from which he could not have committed the robbery in the time frame the prosecution stated.
The Prosecutor challenged her saying, "you probably don't know how long a minute is let alone five minutes". The lady said, "Time me". The Prosecutor- said, "O.K., tell us exactly when a minute is up". A hush came over the courtroom as the Prosecutor kept time. At 59 seconds the lady said, "Time up". The Prosecutor announced 59 seconds has elapsed. The Judge, Jury, Prosecutor, Defense Lawyer and audience were amazed. The young man was acquitted by the Jury.
In the courthouse corridors the defense witness was asked how she knew a minute of time had gone by. She said, "When I was a little girl my Mother told me it only took twenty seconds to say the Lord's Prayer. I just said the Lord's Prayer in my mind three times.
Prayer is not only powerful; in this case there was truth as well. The power truth and reality of prayer is very important to Christians at Lent as well as the whole year.
"Lord, as I search for meaning and understanding during this season, guide me to the truths that you wish me to know. May I not only understand but may I seek ways to put these truths into practice."
- By Alden Miller
A Blessing of Thanksgiving
From Words to Love By.......Mother Teresa
THE BETRAYAL OF CHRIST
Do not be afraid."
Did they not hear? Did they not understand?
Do we hear? Do we understand?
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way. Isaiah 53:6
Submitted by Don Graves
The Gift of An Angel By Your Side
A Precious Hymn
serious problem in all parts of the country, but particularly hard
in towns where textile mills were by far the major employer.
Your wealth was often measured not by the amount of your
savings account (because you didn't have any), but rather by the
number of canned foods you might have on your shelves.
On Sunday evening before my family left for home,
Verses 3 and 4
In the old rugged cross stained with blood so divine,
'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchanged it some day for a crown.
Words and Music for the hymn by George Bennard, 1913
Submitted By Don Graves
You were joy, laughter, and tears.
You left that night as normal.
Thoughts About Palm Sunday
Matthew 23:3 7 (KJV)
I can just picture this familiar barnyard scene in my mind's eye— the visual image of a mother hen lovingly gathering her little brood of baby chicks, cradling them lovingly and safely under her wings, warming them with her own warmth and protecting them from harm and danger with her own body. It is a gentle and sweet sight. Now, I can picture Jesus sitting on a colt over-looking the city of Jerusalem after an exhilarating parade through the streets and out the gates of the city followed by throngs of people and little children shouting, "Hosanna, Hosanna! " as they laid palm branches and cloaks down in front of Him as he passed by. On this know over-looking the city before Him Jesus' thoughts must have been whirling. Thoughts of excitement, thoughts of resolution, thoughts of commitment and thoughts of foreboding and sad- ness. In fact, He was so sad that He wept and cried out broken heartedly, "0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem the city that kills the prophets, and stones all those God sends to her! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. "
Matthew 23:37 (The Living Bible)
by Sharon Miller
Maundy Thursday Reading
Good Friday Reading
As I walked through the dark woods at the end of this Easter Day, full of intimate joy, I heard you call Mary Magdalene by her name and heard how you called from the shore of the lake to your friends to throw out their nets. I also saw you entering the closed room where your disciples were gathered in fear. I saw you appearing on the mountain and at the outskirts of the village. How intimate these events really are. They are like special favors to dear friends. They were not done to impress or overwhelm anyone, but simply to show that your love is stronger than death. 0 Lord, I know now that it is in silence, in a quiet moment, in a forgotten comer that you will meet me, call me by name and speak to me a word of peace. It is in my stillest hour that you become the risen Lord to me.
He is not here but has risen. Luke 24:5