Monday, March 16, 2009

2009 Lenten Devotional and Prayer Guide

March 16

 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. [12] It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age...” (Titus 2:1112)

 

Let’s not get fancy in our ideals.  The Bible plainly teaches us that salvation is connected to saying “no” to sin.  Salvation requires righteousness.  It means the saved will not indulge in ungodliness.  It means the saved will resist worldly passions.  Another way to understand this would be that the saved can expect holiness to be experienced in heart and lived out in life on a daily basis.  [Written by: Pastor Dan]


March 15

 

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

 

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in an attempt to provide comfort and encouragement in the face of extreme persecution. We can read daily about the modern persecution of Christians. Maybe we have faced persecution ourselves. The words Paul wrote in 51AD are still relevant today. With faith, our body and soul will be kept blameless and we can have an everlasting life.

[Written By: Tammy]


March 14

 

All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. ... [16] Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”  (Philippians 3:15a, 16)

 

The Apostle Paul sets himself as an example for the Philippians to follow. He reminds us that we need to be of one mind and to set our hearts on Christ if we are to work in harmony with other Christians. While working to keep our focus on Christ, we need to be able to put aside the differences we may have with others for the common good. All too often we tend to view other Christians by the small beliefs, such as the type of music in our services or the day of the week we call the Sabbath. We need to join together with our fellow Christians in peace to bring glory to God.  [Written by: Charles]

 


 


 

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