Another great ANGLICAN Lent Resource: “Word of God” daily podcasts from St. John’s Tulare

March 20, 2012

My HUGE apologies to Fr. Rob Eaton in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, who is one of Lent & Beyond’s staunchest friends, and who has been a contributor here in the past.

Somehow I missed the fact that his parish, St. John’s Tulare, has online daily devotional podcasts with daily scripture reading, prayer, and reflection.

Here’s the link.

Additional details in Fr. Rob’s blog entry here.

Rob+ please forgive my failure to post this sooner!

Pastor Ray Ortland – 10 Things that Most Matter in Life

March 20, 2012

Self-examination is a great Lenten spiritual discipline.  I really liked a reflection by evangelical pastor Ray Ortlund on 10 things he has learned really matter in life, and which he is most thankful for.

Here are the top five on his list:

The longer I live, the more I care about fewer things, and it’s good.  Here are those fewer things:

1.  God is patient.  “. . . the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience” (Romans 2:4).  Where would I be now, if God were not patient with me?

2.  My wife is my most precious earthly treasure.  “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband” (Proverbs 12:4).  And how I delight in my family!

3.  Everything man-made will fail.  But it’s okay.  Everything God-made will last.  “God’s firm foundation stands” (2 Timothy 2:19).

4.  Gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture.  “If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).  When the gospel gets through, our relationships become beautiful.

5.  I will die in just a few years.  What matters now is lifting up a bold new generation for Christ.  “I endure everything for the sake of the elect” (2 Timothy 2:10).

Read the rest of his list here.

May God help us this Lent to know what really matters for eternity and focus on those things, not the things that are passing away.

  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)

Temptation is Personal, Not Generic

March 20, 2012

Creedal Christian recently posted an excellent short reflection about Matthew’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.

Go read the whole thing.

The reflection questions really helped me:

What are the particular weaknesses in our lives that create opportunities for sin? And what needs to change so that, following Jesus’ example in the wilderness, we can resist those very personal temptations?

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

March 20, 2012

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: (1 Corinthians 11:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily share with others what we have received from Jesus.

that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; (1 Corinthians 11:23)
      Jesus, please feed us with the bread from heaven.

and when he had given thanks, he broke it (1 Corinthians 11:24)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life and being broken for me.

and said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
      Father, please help us receive all that you are offering us through Jesus. Help us remember all that he has done for us, and in remembering, let our hearts be changed.

In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25)
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
      Holy Spirit, help us throughout this diocese eat this bread and drink this cup in such a manner that we proclaim Jesus’ death and resurrection until he comes again.

A word received: Pray for my people to return to me.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Gen. 50:15-26: 1 Cor. 12:1-11: Mark 8:11-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Look for Christ in everyone, really look. Easy in some, hard in others, but keep looking. You might just find Him! After all we ARE made in HIS image.

Albany Intercessor

Praying for Yemen

March 20, 2012

The news that an American teacher was killed in Yemen has been much on my heart and mind the past 36 hours or so since I first saw the news, and I have found myself praying a number of things.

1)  I’m praying for this teacher’s family and colleagues today.  May they find that God is a rock and a refuge in these days of trial and crisis.  May He pour out His love and grace in their hearts and may they find that He is enough, and ALWAYS faithful.

2) I’m praying that Christ’s Gospel may win hearts and followers in Taiz and throughout Yemen as Christians continue to show love even to those who would persecute and kill them.

Some resources for praying for Yemen and its peoples may be found here.

May God protect our hearts from growing hard or hating those who would persecute us, but may we continue to be willing to love them as Christ loved us.

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