Major update of our Palm Sunday compilation of prayers, devotionals, etc.

April 1, 2014

It was only in 2012 that I created a separate Palm Sunday category.  But I never found the time to go back and recategorize many of our past Palm Sunday entries so that they would show up in a category search.

Similarly, I had not remembered or found time to update our compilation of Palm Sunday devotionals, prayers, poems, and resources. 

Tonight I’ve done that.  I’ve added more than a dozen entries from previous years to our Palm Sunday compilation.  Go check it out!


Kindle Ebook Deal: Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails

April 1, 2014

HeChoseNailsThe Kindle version of Max Lucado’s excellent devotional book on Christ’s Passion, He Chose the Nails, is currently available for a special price of $2.99 at Amazon. (Not sure for how long the price is valid…)

Here’s the link.

I read it some years ago and really appreciated it.

There was also a live musical and accompanying CD put together in 2000 drawing from the texts of Lucado’s work, featuring many excellent CCM artists (Twila Paris, Kim Hill, Natalie Grant, SonicFlood, Wes King…)  If you’re a fan of contemporary Christian worship music, it’s excellent listening for Holy Week.  I particularly love Wes King’s song The Thread of Scarlet.  Unfortunately, the CD seems to be out of print.  Maybe I can upload my copy of the CD here for our readers to enjoy.

Stay tuned…   In any case, even without the music, the book is great!

UPDATE:  I’ve uploaded my CD and you can enjoy several devotionals from the book and the accompanying musical selections.  Here’s the post with the embedded playlist: 

A Holy Week Worship Musical – Max Lucado He Chose the Nails


Lent Quotes: George Whitefield – living our lives as a continual sacrifice out of love for Christ

April 1, 2014

“The death of Jesus Christ has turned our whole lives into one continued sacrifice—whether we eat or drink, whether we pray to God, or do any thing to man, it must all be done out of a love for and knowledge of him who died and rose again, to render all, even our most ordinary deeds, acceptable in the sight of God. “If we live by this principle, if Christ is the Alpha and Omega of all our actions, then our lowliest actions are acceptable sacrifices; but if this principle is lacking in our lives, our most pompous services avail nothing: we are nothing but a spiritual idolater; we sacrifice to our own gain and make an idol of ourselves. We make ourselves, and not Christ, the end of our actions: and therefore such actions are so far from being acceptable by God, that according to the language of one of the Articles of our Church, ‘We doubt not but they have the nature of sin, because they spring not from an experimental faith in and knowledge of Jesus Christ.'”
— adapted from George Whitefield’s sermon “The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the Best Knowledge”

H/t Bible Gateway’s Lenten devotional

The reflection question included in the Bible Gateway devotional is also worth noting:

Christ’s salvation is offered to us freely, and cannot be earned by our actions. Despite this, Christians have struggled since the earliest days of the church with the temptation to try and earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, following the law, or just living “good” lives. Why is it so hard for us to accept Christ’s gift? Is this a struggle for you?

Ebola virus epidemic

April 1, 2014

From Fox News: Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart. Figures released overnight by Guinea’s health ministry showed that there had been 78 deaths from 122 cases of suspected Ebola since January, up from 70. Liberia has recorded a total of seven suspected and confirmed cases, including four deaths, the World Health Organization said. Sierra Leone has reported 5 suspected cases, none of which have been confirmed yet.

A previous prayer may be found here. Hymn by Charles Wesley:

Omnipotent Lord, my Savior and King,
Thy succor afford, Thy righteousness bring;
Thy promises bind Thee compassion to have,
Now, now let me find Thee almighty to save.

Rejoicing in hope, and patient in grief,
To Thee I look up for certain relief;
I fear no denial, no danger I fear,
Nor start from the trial, while Jesus is near.

I every hour in jeopardy stand;
But Thou art my power, and holdest my hand;
While yet I am calling, Thy succor I feel,
It saves me from falling, or plucks me from hell.

O who can explain this struggle for life!
This travail and pain, this trembling and strife!
Plague, earthquake, and famine, and tumult, and war,
The wonderful coming of Jesus declare.

For every fight is dreadful and loud,
The warrior’s delight is slaughter and blood,
His foes overturning, till all shall expire;
But this is with burning and fuel of fire.

Yet God is above men, devils, and sin,
My Jesus’ love the battle shall win,
So terribly glorious His coming shall be,
His love all victorious shall conquer for me.

He all shall break through; His truth and His grace
Shall bring me into the plentiful place,
Through much tribulation, through water and fire,
Through floods of temptation, and flames of desire.

On Jesus, my power, till then I rely,
All evil before His presence shall fly;
When I have my Savior, my sin shall depart
And Jesus for ever shall reign in my heart


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