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Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus

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This week’s memory verse:

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”
(Hebrews 3:1)

seems to prepare us well for the holy season of Lent.  “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.”  As we move through Lent we will be fixing our thoughts on Jesus!

1.) Midweek services – “Sounds of the Passion.” … fixing our thoughts on the sounds and emotions associated with Christ’s suffering.
2.) Sunday services – “24” … fixing our thoughts on Jesus’ final hours. What events transpired leading up to our Lord’s crucifixion?
3.) Fasting – … fixing our thoughts on Jesus rather than some earthly “comfort” which can sometimes make us more at home in the world, rather than looking to our eternal home with anticipation.  Only Christ can satisfy.
4.) Devotion – … fixing our thoughts on what Christ accomplished in His suffering.  (Lenten devotional booklets are available beginning tonight at church!)

Whether you lay something down, or take something up – or do both – I encourage you to fix your thoughts on Jesus this Lent!

Blessings in Christ,

PA

P.S.  If you are interested in fasting, here’s an article that I wrote on the topic of “Fasting for Lent”

Honor God With Your Wealth

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We often imagine that we’ll be called to show our dedication and trust to the Lord under some pagan or terrorist threat where someone tries to get us to renounce our faith in Jesus or die.  Most likely (and God willing) that won’t ever happen to us.  What DOES happen, however, is a daily opportunity to demonstrate our trust in the Lord by honoring Him with our finances and physical possessions.

Did you notice that this week’s memory verse (Proverbs 3:9-10)
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

comes right after the famous (Proverbs 3:5-6):
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Is it possible that a very significant way that we can trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him … is to honor him with the firstfruits of our wealth?