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Isaiah 53-A Prophecy for Lent

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Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed. He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance  that we should desire Him.


He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.  Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.



Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God,  stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;  the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;   and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is si…

The Sun Is Out

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One of my favorite books to reread at Easter is "No Wonder They Call Him The Savior" by Max Lucado. There are thirty-three short chapters, just perfect for the month before Easter. I hope this small selection from the book will inspire you in your preparation for this most holy of holidays.



The chapter I reread the most is The Cry of Loneliness. Lucado seems to step inside the heart of Jesus and pour out for all to see the humiliation of the world's sinsickness and the "gut-wrenching" loneliness Christ felt as God had to turn his back on the SIN.

Many people know the details of where they were, how old they were, when they received Christ as personal Lord and Savior. I will always remember the depth of pure heartache, the tears and total devastation I felt as I read these haunting words and realized anew that my sin sent him there--my sin caused the separation.

How could I live, how could I ever survive if the Spirit of God was taken from me? At that mome…

A Powerful Collision

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When we consider what happened on the cross after 4000 years, it's no wonder that the veil was RIPPED from top to bottom, the earth shook, rocks split, and some tombs of holy men and women of God emptied forth their dead and these people went walking about.

For in the words of Dutch Sheets in Intercessory Prayer, this is where


 "Mercy met judgment
Righteousness met sin
Light met darkness
Humility met pride
Love met hate
Life met death
A Cursed One on a tree met the curse that originated from a tree
The sting of death met the antidote of resurrection."
 and these meetings were head-on meetings--no mealy little clash of one against the other.

Sheets refers to the scripture in Proverbs


It is better to meet a she bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

The Hebrew word paga is used here for the word "meet."  It is the same Hebrew word that is used many times for the word "intercession."

When we intercede for others or things, there is a meeting--a …

Lent Day 9 Our Ministry to God

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Did you ever wonder why your ministry to others seems dead and of no consequence at times?

I know I have--and I've been acutely aware of my writings not having the anointing and influence that they once had.

I tell you what I think it is--I think for me, at least, that I became so consumed with producing a good product in the form of writings for my posts, pleasing photographs, art that inspires, etc., that I let my own personal ministry in the inner courts suffer.

Oh yes, I have always had my Bible readings each day--but how much time have I spent in Inner Court Ministry--'alone' with God ministering to Him--reading to Him, singing to Him, talking to Him, listening to Him--just casual--nothing formal--similar to how I would try to develop a relationship with a friend.

If you are wondering what I mean by this Inner Court Ministry--then you will want to read this.  Sylvia Gunter's incredible writings changed my life in the 1990's.

Each one of her topics in her book …

Lent Day 8--The Faithful Priest

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Reading today with Redeemer Presbyterian Church Lent devotionals.

You can access them right here.

I loved the scripture above.  And I can't put my finger on why it is so special to me.  The Holy Spirit just blasted it into my spirit.

Maybe it is the times we are living in--the unsure climate of our society--but to have a Faithful Priest Who will only do the Father's bidding--wow!--that spoke to me all over again.

I hope your Lent is going well--or your days preceding Easter--I hope you are preparing your heart for the arrival of this incredible Faithful Priest.  What a joy!  What a privilege!  What a responsibility!

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My Soul Exults in the Lord-Lent Day 7

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Winter happens to be my favorite season.  It calls on us to use our imagination somewhat, doesn't it?

And I think our imagination is rooted in faith.

Can you hear the birds singing?

Can you feel the push of the spring bulb against a hard cold soil that is unforgiving in its harshness?

Sometimes that is the way our lives feel--as if we are in a cold, unforgiving atmosphere--as if we have to keep pushing against an immovable object--as if we are wrestling God Himself!

I read an article the other day by John Piper about Jacob wrestling the angel.  The gist of the article was how sometimes our greatest blessings come during the wrestling but many times we lose sight of those blessings or never see them at all because of the circumstances around us--the preoccupation with the wrestling.

In my advent reading for today, Hannah wrestles with God--

In this link, Timothy Keller refers to Hannah the barren one as such:

"Hannah recognized that her grief had become sin and her mourning ha…

Advent Day 6

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As I read more and more about the Savior Who went to the cross for us, I realize more and more just how infinite He is--from A to Z, He is truly the Alpha and the Omega.

 All praise to Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End!

Lenten Readings Day 6 here!

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Break My Heart

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As you know if you have read my previous Lenten posts, I have been looking for what I thought would be the exact readings that I needed for Lent.

I am pretty sure I have found what I was looking for. I am providing a link to it in case you would like to read it also.

The readings are by Timothy Keller and posted on Redeemer Presbyterian's website right here.

Why Lenten readings?  I loved how Keller's site compared the celebration of Easter to a wedding or a graduation and how we make plans in advance to make that day memorable.

The anticipation of it makes the planning more strategic and meaningful.

After today's reading on Redeemer's website, I am beginning to understand the pain expressed in this post I wrote on Thursday.

Oh Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours.

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Return to Me

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My Lenten Journey-

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Groping along here--trying to find my way.

I did not grow up in a denomination that celebrated Lent but have been trying to meaningfully do so the last few years.

I am disappointed--Why?  Because I can't seem to find the right Lenten readings that are speaking to me what I need to hear at the moment.  Is that even what I should be striving for?

I long to find something that will just speed this journey along--but I am beginning to realize I can't.

I must trudge through this wilderness with Him--if I want to grow to be like Him--

The distance to the cross was not made easier or shorter for Him--so I will plod along here one step at a time, one breath at a time, one revelation at a time.

One day down and thirty nine more to go--how will I feel, how will I be different at the end of this journey?


After all, isn't that what we are striving for--a change in us--

to know Him more fully

to serve Him more faithfully

to love Him more fiercely

to glorify him more fittingly


I want t…

A Prayer for Lent--Who Will Go With Me?

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My soul cries out for God, the Living God

To come and rescue me from myself--

Oh, who will hear and who will go to the mount

To worship the Living God and King?

To minister to the Almighty in the inner courts,

Who will annihilate their rights to self and come and go with me into the inner courts?

Better is one day in your courts than thousands in palaces of gold with windows of diamonds.

My soul cries out for God, the Living God,

Oh, who will come and worship with me?

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