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Journey Through Lent Week 7 March 20, 2016

Filed under: Spiritual Transformation — billmacphee @ 2:51 pm

pedro-orrente.pg_Thank you for joining with me as together we have walked with Jesus on a journey of [re] discovering the ancient texts promising God would return to Zion and bring deliverance to his people through his chosen vessel. The Gospel record and other New Testament letters have given insight into Jesus’ own understanding that he would fulfill God’s promise, but in a way no one had considered.

Today is Palm Sunday, and we traditionally use this day to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem during Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The cries of “Hosanna” we hear today will quickly turn into threats of “Crucify him” as our week nears its end. May God enrich your Easter understanding and celebration these next few days, and may you discover anew the reality that the resurrection of Jesus simply changes everything.

Here are the final Lent Readings for Week 7 | March 21-27, 2016

 

Journey Through Lent Week 6 March 14, 2016

Filed under: Spiritual Transformation — billmacphee @ 9:33 am

read books“We are going up to Jerusalem … and the Son of Man will be delivered over … [they] will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him.” Mark 10:33-34

Here are the Lent Readings Week 6 | March 14-20, 2016

 

Journey Through Lent Week 5 March 6, 2016

Filed under: Spiritual Transformation — billmacphee @ 9:30 pm

readingSometimes it is a relief having someone else choose what we read. When I engaged the grueling journey through my Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Chapman Clark chose the 17,000 pages we were required to read. Yes, that is a lot of pages. But in many ways it was delightful to await the reading list at the beginning of each of the three years in the program. My tendencies often choose “safe” and predictable books and authors. But Chap pushed us into new arenas, intentionally exposing us to thoughts and paradigms new and insightful.
Our Lent readings serve a similar purpose. The journey with Jesus to the cross is not comfortable, but the chosen Scriptures lead us to the raw truth of commitment to the sacrificial and unconditional love of God for the world.
I trust you will enjoy the Scriptures chosen for you in our Lent Readings Week 5 | March 7-13, 2016