We are glad you are joining us as we journey toward the death, burial, and resurection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Each of these Lenten devotions were written by a church member. The scriptures are taken from the day’s reading in our 2 Year Bible Reading Plan.
 
All Bible quotations, unless otherwise marked, are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.
ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Subsequent quotations marked ESV.

 

March 6 – Devotion

Date: March 6, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 20

And I said to them,“Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (Eze. 20:7, ESV)

In today’s reading, God gives Ezekiel a message for the leaders of Israel who came seeking a message from the Lord. The message God sends, however, is probably not what the leaders had in mind.


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March 5 – Devotion

Date: March 5, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 57

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Ps. 57:2, ESV)

The context of Psalm 57 centers around David’s experience in the cave hiding from King Saul. I can only imagine the emotions that David must have felt as the king and his men were chasing him. Then, all of the sudden, a dramatic turn of events occurred when King Saul came deep into the cave where David was hiding. In the darkness, David had the opportunity to take matters into his own hands and kill King Saul. His decision to simply cut a piece of fabric from Saul’s robe honored God by respecting the anointed position of the king.


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March 4 – Devotion

Date: March 4, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 56

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book? (Ps. 56:8b,ESV)

Why do humans cry, and do other creatures cry? A certain mystery surrounds this question. But we know that we produce three different kinds of tears. Two of the three types of tears are protective for our eyes, basal and reflex tears. The third type of tear appears to be a form of protection for our emotional well-being. Researchers suggest that emotional tears contain stress hormones that can be physically pushed out of the body by crying. Another theory suggests that crying triggers the body to release feel-good endorphins. Whatever the scientific community agrees upon or doesn’t, it is evident that God knew we needed this function when he designed our bodies.


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March 3 – Devotion

Date: March 3, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 15:7

And I will set my face against them. Though they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, and you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. (Eze. 15:7, ESV)

One of the simplest yet most affirming gifts that we can give one another is a smile. A smile of approval can change a day almost instantly. A toothy grin brings a mom warmth and satisfaction. A gesture of rejection can produce just the opposite feelings. When someone turns his or her head away, or refuses eye contact, or obviously avoids us, we feel that rejection deeply. When a dad shakes his head in disappointment, his daughter feels the chill. If ex-spouses or ex-friends refuse to speak when they meet at the grocery store, the estrangement is palpable. An intentional offense can turn a relationship ice cold, especially when no apology is given. Sometimes people turn away from those who have hurt them as an act of discipline toward the offender. Shunning is powerful punishment.


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March 2 – Devotion

Date: March 2, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 14

“Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them?” (Ezek. 14:3, ESV)

The first two of the Ten Commandments addresses the issue of other gods. The first commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, ESV), while the second says, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God . . .” (vv. 4-5).

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March 1 – Devotion

Date: March 1, 2017 (Ash Wednesday)

Scripture: Ezekiel 12—13

 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezek. 11:19-20, ESV)

Today we begin our Lenten devotional journey as a church. This journey is designed as an extension of our two-year Bible reading plan. During each day of Lent, various FBC Clinton members will interact with one of our Bible readings for that day.


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