March 23 Lent Devotional
on March 23rd, 2021
We are a walking civil war, always tugged in two directions at once. But blessed is that person who has found inner-peace in which the inner-warfare is over and the whole heart is given over to God.
March 22 Lent Devotional
on March 22nd, 2021
We all want peace. Even contestants of beauty pageants are hard pressed not to publicly admit their greatest desire is for “world peace.” We all want peace, especially on the world stage.
March 19 Lent Devotional
on March 19th, 2021
We mock the gospel when we reduce the demands of the gospel to simply believing that Christ died for our sins, giving intellectual assent to that truth and accepting by faith the eternal securities it offers us. But the true demand of the gospel is a changed heart, a pure heart, an unadulterated heart, a heart washed clean, a heart free from chaff, a heart purged of discontent.
March 18 Lent Devotional
on March 18th, 2021
So, the heart is utterly crucial to Jesus. What we are in the deep, private recesses of our lives is what he cares about most. Jesus did not come into the world simply because we have some bad habits that need to be broken. He came into the world because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified.
March 17 Lent Devotional
on March 17th, 2021
The Pure In HeartMarch 17, 2021By Pastor Lesly BroadbentBlessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.People in biblical days, like people now, tended to measure themselves by their fellow humans. The Pharisees especially loved to do this, to compare themselves with others thereby assessing themselves to be better than others and therefore acceptable to God. Typically, when people desire to ...
March 16 Lent Devotional
on March 16th, 2021
When Jesus speaks of a pure heart, he speaks of a heart that has been purged and cleansed so that it is unadulterated and unspoiled. That’s the high calling of this beatitude and it puts us at odds with our culture from the outset.
March 15 Lent Devotional
on March 15th, 2021
We chafe at the thought of Jesus promoting hyper-religiosity or the religion of the condescending Pharisees. So, we ignore purity. But Jesus brings purity to the forefront with this beatitude. He says those with a pure heart will see God.
March 12 Lent Devotional
on March 12th, 2021
The MercifulMarch 12, 2021By Pastor Lesly Broadbent7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Mercy isn’t easy, as we saw yesterday, but this Beatitude is easy to agree with. We want to obtain mercy because we need it, and we want to extend mercy because doing so makes us feel good. But extending and receiving mercy isn’t easy. If it were, we would practice it more often. Mercy, thou...
March 11 Lent Devotional
on March 11th, 2021
The MercifulMarch 11, 2021By Pastor Lesly Broadbent7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Mercy is messy. Extending or receiving mercy is often complex. To be sure, it seems clear cut that when someone is experiencing difficulties or pain in life that we should always extend mercy. Mercy involves our emotions. We can’t remain safely detached or unsympathetic when you feel mercy. ...
March 10 Lent Devotional
on March 10th, 2021
Where are you currently seeing mercy extended? Are those who are merciful experiencing mercy? Where is mercy not being extended in your life? To whom do you need to extend mercy today?
March 9 Lent Devotional
on March 9th, 2021
God’s righteousness is not about getting what we deserve. It is not about working longer or receiving more. No, God’s righteousness is about mercy, rooted in true love of God and other people, genuinely wanting God’s will done, and placing ourselves at God’s disposal to make it happen.
March 8 Lent Devotional
on March 8th, 2021
The MercifulMarch 8, 2021By Pastor Lesly Broadbent7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Surely Jesus meant to say “blessed are the sleek” instead of blessed are the meek or “blessed are those who raise corn” rather than blessed are those who mourn or even “blessed are the cheesemakers” instead of blessed are the peacemakers, as Monty Python suggested. The beatitudes of Jesus’ ju...