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.
His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
(John 2:17 NRSV)
Are you about what Jesus is about? Does zeal for what God is about consume you? No question: if Jesus was anything, he was zealous—passionate about what God was about: Worship. Holiness. Authenticity. Being present to the Father and to one another, and to each and every now.
Are you about what God is about? For God is about earthly, earthy things—the things that make up life. Clearly, God is about The Incarnation—Eternal Life—springing forth from broken, earthen vessels, temples that house the Transcendent.
When you read this passage, do you hear God’s desire to flow in and from the earthen vessel of the church? The earthen body of our Christ? Our earthen bodies? For we are the temples. No wonder zeal for God’s house consumed Jesus.
Are you about what Jesus is about? Are we?
Holy God, teach us what it means to be holy. May the zeal of Christ for your passions be ours. May your Life have free reign to flow in us and in our church, that others may see and know. AMEN
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 6:26 AM CDT
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21
It made no sense to them.
As they stood among the trees in the garden, God said “don’t eat that fruit”, and it made no sense. Why that one? It gave knowledge. Maybe in His divinity God couldn’t understand how badly they needed that.
So they followed their own wisdom, and we all know the outcome of the story.
It’s our story. We still reach for that fruit in the garden, determined to rely on our own wisdom. We gather the collective knowledge of the world. We read bloggers, listen to podcasts, and that’s all fine until God says, “do this instead” and His “this” makes no sense to us.
So He answered Eden with Gethsemane. He came in our humanity: Jesus among the trees of another garden, knowing full well what was to come, choosing to say, “Not my will but Yours.”
Lord, during this Lent may I learn to embrace your wisdom even – especially – when it makes no sense to me. AMEN
Published on Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 6:56 AM CDT
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 (NRSV)
Have you ever been in a field, miles from any city, town, development? I mean way outside the reach of any ambient light at all. AND LOOKED UP! WOW!
In 1995 I spent a week in Christ in the Desert Monastery near Abiquiu, NM, on the banks of the Chama river. I arrived right at dinner time and the monks welcomed me and several other guests warmly. After dinner it was time for Compline, the last of their 7 services for the day in the chapel. The order of worship, the chanting, the monks in their habits were all very strange to me but I was open to learn and participate and looked for a renewal of my own devotional life through the experience.
But upon leaving the chapel that night I was shocked beyond any words to explain for there before me in full array was the Milky Way. I don’t know that I have ever seen it in such glory. The millions of stars that hung there I’m sure, just for my delight and for me to savor, were astonishing. I say that because I know it was God’s design, at that moment, to knock me off my high horse and or feet and be totally humbled before God’s glory!
Well, it worked. Psalm 8:4 rushed into my head as I was forced to lie on my back in the grass and try to appreciate the moment. It reads, “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Then our text filled my heart, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Thanks be to God.
God of heaven and earth, fill us as you have the heavens, with your glory. May our hearts burst with joy at the reality that in the midst of all that you have created, you reached out and touched us from the cross and beyond. May our love reflect that certainty to all we meet. AMEN
Published on Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 6:04 AM CDT