CCPC 2018 Lent and Holy Week Blog
How do you walk in the way of grace? Journey through Lent and Holy Week with your CCPC family.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
I don’t like things that make me hurt. They feel wrong. Pain takes on the hue of moral injustice.
“He’s too young”, I tell God, or “she’s too good” to suffer, even though I know it doesn’t work that way. Our perception of things is upside-down from God’s. We live in the subjective space of our own feelings and when we hurt, it feels unjust.
How wrong it must have felt to hear the Master say that massive pain was on the way. (You and I both know we would have stopped listening after the words “be killed”, started a prayer chain, contacted the media and dug in to fight the Empire.)
And yet – that pain born of God’s right-side-up wisdom was not wrong. From it came His greatest moral good: His just redemption, and our deepest joy.
Lord, help me look to your wisdom to guide my perception of what is good. AMEN
Published on Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 5:48 AM CDT
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Not surprising that Paul uses Abraham to make this point because the ‘law’ hadn’t been given yet. What did Abraham do – he answered the call. I know that we are saved by grace and justified by faith, so why do I try to defend my actions or get holier-than-thou. Even when I’m not trying, I subconsciously keep score – how do you do that if there is no benchmark like ‘the law.’ But I find the only time the law brings me closer to God is on those rare occasions where I submit to Him and acknowledge how broken I am and fully appreciate Grace. The main time I feel I am strengthening my relationship is when I am following a calling like Abraham – it might be a small thing like calling someone or a big thing like a mission trip but stepping out in faith.
Lord help us to put you first, to stop and listen for our callings, to have the courage and faith to follow through. AMEN
Published on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:21 AM CDT
From The Message Bible Psalm 22:23-24
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
give glory, you sons of Jacob;
adore him, you daughters of Israel.
God has never let you down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around.
God has never wandered off to do his own thing; God has been right there, listening.
What does my praise of the Lord look like? What form does your Hallelujah take? Sometimes during the season of Lent, I don’t think much of praising God, but more of becoming closer to him through more study or concentrated prayer or being more specific about doing for others or any other discipline that seems appropriate during this time. But praise? When times seem to get rough and chaotic or grief and panic take over, I’m not sure I look to praise.
A couple of years ago I began a form of praise that has helped me remember to feel the praise that lifts my heart. Rather than folding my hands in my lap when I pray, I found it a reminder to open my hands - palms up in my lap. That physical action seems to help me focus on my prayer time and bring the praise to the front of my mind.
God is worthy of all our praise!!
Consider how you praise the Lord!
Father God, Our praise is given to you no matter what the circumstances. Thank you for always being there and always listening. Amen
Published on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:10 AM CDT