Lent ’06

Lent 06: Day 39

It is just after midnight. Jesus has been arrested and his disciples are scattered. Peter is trying to sneak into the proceedings, but like most outspoken people, is too easily recognized. Tonight, the eternal destinies of two souls are sealed: Peter as the humanly flawed head of the church, Judas as the human pawn of…

Lent 06: Day 38

It is Thursday. Today Jesus will begin his most difficult journey, so difficult that tonight he will sweat blood, and then tomorrow he will shed his blood, first on the scourging pillar, and then on the cross. During this portion of Lent, I am reminded of the passage in Hebrews that “sort of” encourages us,…

Lent 06: Day 37

There seems to be a lot of people wanting prayer to be a conversation or talking with God. I guess, depending how you define conversation and talking, you could stretch them into prayer, but for me, the limiting factor is something no one would mistaken. If you were talking or having a conversation with anyone…

Lent 06: Day 34-S

Six days left, and those are the six days leading to a sealed tomb on Holy Saturday, when to the disciples it appeared their hopes had been dashed. Not an image conducive to unceasing prayer, but instead to giving up the effort. But then comes the seventh day, the day of completion and everything is…

Lent 06: Day 30

Now that we are all giving thanks in all circumstances, taking Job as our model (well at least we are trying… ;-)), it is time to look at the second leg of this spiritual triangle Paul lays out for the Thessalonians, unceasing joy. While it is possible to muster up a word of thanks, even…

Lent 06: Day 29

As I was checking the site logs yesterday morning before going to church, I noticed someone went to an old post entitled Keeping The Focus. They were searching for writings on 1 Thessalonians 5:17. That verse, pray without ceasing is taken out of a larger sentence encompassing verses 16-18. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give…

Lent 06: Day 28-S

I have just gotten home from a late Saturday night at work. We have to turn in two courses on Tuesday morning before the client arrives at work. This weekend is especially difficult because tonight we switch to Daylight Saving Time. That means that four minutes ago, when it hit 1 a.m., the clocks were…

Lent 06: Update

It is not that I do not have anything to say, but working 12-13 hours a day leaves me with almost no time. I will try to catch up sometime later this week, but the water is rising at work and my knee highs are already under, so I am shifting to my hip boots.…

Lent 06: Day 22-S

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The first day of the new creation. The day on which all of those who call upon the name of Christ, who call him savior and Lord, begin to enter the rest that God has prepared for his people. While we are now only experiencing the first fruits of that future…

Lent 06: Day 22

Some thoughts at the end of the week. I wanted to thank those of you who read these meditations this week and especially thank those of you who posted comments. I knew the Reformed/Arminian post would elicit a comment or two. Let me say that I believe God is in absolute control of all that…