Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 Lenten Devotional

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The original purpose of this project was to be a prayer guide for the 2009 Lent season.  Throughout my ministry I have done several of them.  However, this one became different when Billie suggested we seek devotional ideas from the congregation (instead of just using the Bible verses).  You hold the first fruits of that idea.

 

My prayer is that this Lenten season will be made special and meaningful in ways nobody could imagine because of the work of our contributors.  Their boldness should encourage us.  Their insight should make us marvel at the depth and richness of God’s mercy, grace, and loving-kindness this Lent.  I was amazed at how they worked separately yet how God knitted the ideas together to give us a thought-provoking prayer journey to travel this year.

 

My prayer is also that this journey will bear much fruit and result in a harvest of holiness and many lives changed for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.  Carefully read and pray over the Bible verses and devotional thoughts.  Open your heart to what God wants to do for you this Lenten season.

 

Many thanks to Billie, Holly, and our devotional guides.  Billie is our “publisher:” formatting and printing this booklet.  Holly is the editor.  

 

[Pastor Dan Waite]

 

 

February 25

 

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols”  (Ezekiel 36:25)

 

Idols. In Ezekiel’s time idols were literally monuments for god’s that people worshipped. I think many people write off the idea of idols when they consider the challenges that Christians of today are facing; but idols have not all fallen by the wayside. If you turn on primetime TV, you will see many programs engaging in and encouraging idol worship. The popular television series Survivor has its contestants compete for an immunity idol, which keeps them alive in the game. Another example is the singing competition American Idol and there, well, the name really says it all. In America fame, fortune and power are common idols. The temptation to worship them is strong, yet Ezekiel shows us that in God we can be cleansed from idols and from all of our shortcomings. Have you taken that cleansing step? Are you ready to? [Written by: Billie]

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1 comment:

R. Pettibone said...

Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I was looking for an online Lenten Devotional and to my joy found yours. This summer my family had the opportunity to worship with all of you. And I got to sing in your choir. It is a joy to be among the believers! And now I can worship again with you throughout Lent. Oh, how the Lord is good!!!