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40 Days of Lent # 24

JOHN 13:1-17 NKJV


Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”  For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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40 Days of Lent #20

Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV.   

"Kingdom of Heaven"

“For the kingdom of heaven is  like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.  Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.  And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.  But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.  After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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40 Days of Lent? Day #5

No reading plan content for today. Feel free to read another passage of your choice.

[Note from editor Daryl: I recommend Mark 9:33-41]

Mark 9:33-41 NKJV  – Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?”  But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would  be  the  greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”  Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.  For he who is not against us is on our side.  For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

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Debt: A Biblical Exploration – Part 1 of 5.


Debt can cause so many problems both financially and spiritually. When too much debt is attained it is as if we become trapped, drowning in our finances. Our worries over our debt quickly consume our lives and our thoughts. We become servants to debt, and debt becomes our master. Debt can cause us to have tunnel vision, living life consumed by our financial worries instead putting God first in our lives. We can quickly forget about God and those around us who we care and love. Dallas Willard describes the spiritual bondage we encounter when we get in too much debt. “In our current world, a large part of the freedom that comes from frugality is freedom from the spiritual bondage caused by financial debt. This kind of debt is often incurred by buying things that are far from necessary, and its effect, when the amount is substantial, is to diminish our sense of worth, dim our hope for the future, and eliminate our sensitivity to the needs of others.”

Romans 13:8  NKJV – Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Proverbs 22:7 NKJV – The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

1 Corinthians 7:23 NKJV – You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

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Before The Cross V

MARK 10:45 NET – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 SAMUEL 12:24 NET – However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!

JOHN 13:12-14 NET – So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?  You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am.   If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet.

MATTHEW 25:35-40 NET – For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

ACTS 20:35 NET – By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

GALATIONS 5:13-14 NET – For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.   For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “ You must love your neighbor as yourself .”

1PE 4:10-11 NET – Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.  Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Before The Cross: We Are Servants

When someone uses the word like servant, many things come to mind. Typically they are negative and the impression is one who is weak. Jesus was anything but weak and He was the greatest servant we’ve ever had. His example serves us in how to love others.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:45

God has wired us all differently and given us all specific gifts to be used for His glory. My encouragement to you would be to look where God has placed you and what desires He has given you to see whom He is calling you to serve.

If you’re wired for something and you’re passionate about it, why not think God can be glorified through it?

It could be serving those at a soup kitchen. It could be serving victims of human trafficking. It could be mowing your neighbor’s lawn. It could be serving women at a battered shelter. Pray for God to lead you in who He is calling you to serve.

One thing is for sure, if you just get started serving others, God will quickly show you your desires. The worst thing you could do is sit on the sidelines and do nothing. After all, Jesus served all of us and died for us. The question is how could we not go out and serve others?

We can be confident that God will lead us and give us the strength to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that after we decide to follow Christ, we become powerful…

Before the Cross IV

Philippians 2:8 NIRV – He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross.
2CH 7:14 NET – if my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
PHP 2:3-4 NET – Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.  Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
1PE 5:5 NET – In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble .
LUK 14:11 NET – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
JAS 4:6 NET – But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God opposes the proud , but he gives grace to the humble .”
JAS 4:10 NET -Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Before The Cross: We Are Humbled

“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. As we are sinful, find forgiveness through Jesus, and become disciples, it’s an easy temptation to become prideful in the process. Satan would love nothing more than for God’s children to walk around prideful. God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

Yes, it’s true that we are forgiven through Christ, but that doesn’t give us a free pass to do anything we want. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that we know it all and that we can look down on others or slander those who reject the Word of God.

If we look to the cross, we see how we can exercise humility towards others. We can avoid pride and love others despite their actions towards us because of Jesus’ love towards us despite our actions towards Him. We are still sinful and still fall short everyday as believers (which makes the cross that much bigger), so we have no right to be prideful towards others or to God.

C. J. Mahaney says, “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” We should wake up each day and preach the Gospel to ourselves first before we do anything else. In this, we’ll humble ourselves realizing we need the cross just as much as anyone else. This will quickly kill pride in us and we’ll submit to the Holy Spirit leading us in humility.

We are humbled as we come before the cross because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus led us by example in humility and how to best love and serve others.

This is why we are servants…