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Another Side of Sunday: The Path

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He said to him in reply, “You say so.” The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed…. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas… [and] handed [Jesus] over to be crucified.

Mark 15:1-5, 15

“Very early in the morning they made a decision.” The decision would condemn an innocent man. The decision  would bring shame to the Jewish people. A decision that was prophesied. A decision which resulted in promises being fulfilled and lives changed forever.

We make many choices and decisions throughout the day. How will the choices you make today affect others? Will you make them flippantly or with careful consideration. Will you allow God to work through you to show love and kindness and extend Grace that has been given to you?

I pray that during this week of the Lenten Season you think of your choices as having a ripple effect. Will the ripples that spread into your home, community, and world be positive?

Remember, you may be the only “Jesus” a person sees in a day. Don’t sell him out.

Father, you have taught us, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Those are easy words to say, but so often difficult to live by. Help me to recognize those times that I judge, whether it be consciously or not. Remind me that if I walk in your ways, O Lord, my path will remain clear and my heart open. Amen.

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Another Side of Sunday: The Path

Jesus in the Garden

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew 26: 36-41

What is your story?

Has God asked you to walk through a fire? Like Jesus, have you asked, even begged Him to take the trial away?

It’s human nature. Jesus experienced the same feelings of sorrow, his trial being much more extreme than what most of us are asked to walk through. Even so, He followed God’s will.

Like Jesus, with whom do you share your struggles? Who do you ask to be by your side? Who prays with you and encourages you to keep the faith?

Lord, these trials I face are no surprise to you. You have meticulously planned out the days of my life. Help me to remember that these times are when I need to draw nearer to you, for you are my strength and my shield when I am weak. Amen

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The Path

The Lenten Season is a time to reflect on the sacrifice and gift Jesus made for us on the cross. Some make a sacrifice of their own through fasting. Some choose to observe a spiritual discipline throughout the days of Lent.

Our time of Praise and Prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:00 began during the season of Lent. It was a time set apart to focus on God’s grace freely given through His death and resurrection.

This year marks the beginning of the third Lenten season of Praise and Prayer.
Members of Out of the Boat have written weekly devotionals to guide you as you consider the path that led Jesus to the cross. Scripture and songs for the week are included.

For each devotional posted during the Lenten season:

Meditate on the Scripture. Read it silently. Read it out loud. Read it more than once, then be still.

What is God saying to you at this moment?

Be aware of the Scripture as you walk your path during the week. Look for ways God reveals his Word to you in your life.

Listen to the music. Links to each song are provided for you at the end of each post.

Is there one song in particular that speaks to you? Does one song amplify the message of the Scripture?

Finally, pray. Pray for our church family as we walk this path together. Pray for those leading, those following, and those who haven’t heard the Good News of the season.

Father, we praise you for the sacrifice You made on the cross, for the pain, suffering and rejection You endured for us. Set our feet on the path that leads us to you. Let us not be distracted or turn aside. Amen.

We invite you to gather with us on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. for Praise and Prayer. It is a wonderful way to begin your Sabbath.