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Lenten Reflections 2017 Daily Meditations by Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cathedral of St. Andrew Heartside Ministry St. Marks Episcopal Church

FOREWORD Lent 2017 In Irish we would say, Cad mle filte. It means a hundred thousand welcomes. I hope your journey through the pages of this booklet will lead you to a time of discovery of our commo

Wednesday, March 1 Yet even now oracle of the LORD return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. Joe

Thursday, March 2 Then he said to all, If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 923 Full text, Luke 92225 What is Love It is feet that ru

Friday, March 3 Do not fast as you do today to make your voice heard on high. ... Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke setting fre

Saturday, March 4 The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners Jesus said to them in reply, Those who are healthy do no

Sunday, March 5 For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous. Romans 519 Full text, Romans 51219 I am

Monday, March 6 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself I am the LORD. Leviticus 1918 Full text, Leviticus 1912,1118

Tuesday, March 7 In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matt

Wednesday, March 8 When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them he did not carry it out. Jonah 310 Full text, Jonah 3110 M

Thursday, March 9 Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets. Matthew 712 Full text, Matthew 7712 We know todays passage as The Golden Rule also appears in L

Friday, March 10 You say, The LORDs way is not fair Hear now, house of Israel Is it my way that is unfair Are not your ways unfair Ezekiel 1825 Full text, Ezekiel 182128 Ezekiel was instructed to warn

Saturday, March 11 Today you have accepted the LORDs agreement he will be your God, and you will walk in his ways, observe his statutes, commandments, and ordinances, and obey his voice. Deuteronomy 2

Sunday, March 12 But bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. 2 Timothy 18b Full text, 2 Timothy 18b10 This season is one of challenge. Our lives are a challen

Monday, March 13 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 63637 Ful

Tuesday, March 14 Learn to do good. Make justice your aim redress the wronged, hear the orphans plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD. Isaiah 11718a Full text, Isaia

Wednesday, March 15 Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Matthew 2026b27 Full text, Matthew 201728 Here is Jesus

Thursday, March 16 I, the LORD, explore the mind and test the heart, Giving to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their deeds. Jeremiah 1710 Full text, Jeremiah 17510 How many time

Friday, March 17 Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. Matthew 2143 Full text, Matthew 213346 This is the last of t

Saturday, March 18 Who is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance Who does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy. Micah 718 Full text

Sunday, March 19 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still

Monday, March 20 It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. Romans 413 Fu

Tuesday, March 21 But with contrite heart and humble spirit let us be received As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bulls, or tens of thousands of fat lambs. Daniel 339 Full text, Daniel 325,

Wednesday, March 22 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life but te

Thursday, March 23 But he knew their thoughts and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how

Friday, March 24 And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Saturday, March 25 For nothing will be impossible for God. Luke 137 Full text, Luke 12638 Todays verse in another translation, For no word from God will ever fail is from the text conveying the Gabrie

Sunday, March 26 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Ephesians 589 Full tex

Monday, March 27 See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 6517 Full text, Isaiah 651721 How amazing will this be A ne

Tuesday, March 28 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, Do you want to be well John 56 Full text, John 5116 Why would Jesus ask such a question

Wednesday, March 29 Thus says the LORD In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you I form you and set you as a covenant for the people, To restore the land and allot the devast

Thursday, March 30 I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. John 543 Full text, John 53147 Jesus here is showing how fickle

Friday, March 31 Let us condemn him to a shameful death for according to his own words, God will take care of him. These were their thoughts, but they erred for their wickedness blinded them. Wisdom 2

Saturday, April 1 Some in the crowd who heard these words said, This is truly the Prophet. Others said, This is the Messiah. But others said, The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he John 74041

Sunday, April 2 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Romans 810 Full text, Romans 8811 God is present in me because His spir

Monday, April 3 Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. John 87b Full text, John 8111 This verse is a powerful display of equality. Though the elders condemned t

Tuesday, April 4 Then the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray to the LORD to take the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers

Wednesday, April 5 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here I did not come on my own, but he sent me. John 842 Full text, John 83142 The crowds t

Thursday, April 6 And God said to Abraham, As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout all their generations. Genesis 179 Full text, Genesis 1739 It is a powerf

Friday, April 7 If I do not perform my Fathers works, do not believe me but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father

Saturday, April 8 I will make a covenant of peace with them it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. I will multiply them and put my sanctuary among them forever. Ezekiel 3726 Full text, Ezekiel

Sunday, April 9 The Lord GOD has given me a welltrained tongue, That I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them. Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do. I

Monday, April 10 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. John 128 Full text, John 12111 These words are directed toward Judas Iscariot. Judas was objecting to Marys use of ex

Tuesday, April 11 Jesus answered Peter, Will you lay down your life for me Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times. John 1338 Full text, John 132133,3638 Poor P

Wednesday, April 12 And while they were eating, he said, Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me. Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, Surely it is not I, Lord

Thursday, April 13 So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, Do you realize what I have done for you John 1312 Full text, John 13115

Friday, April 14 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven i

Saturday, April 15 Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. Romans 611 Full text, Romans 6311 Jesus would never ask us to go somewhere he

Easter Sunday, April 16 Then the angel said to the women in reply, Do not be afraid I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and s

A Lenten Devotional Offered by Bethlehem Lutheran Church 250 Commerce Ave. SW Cathedral of St. Andrew 215 Sheldon Blvd. SE Heartside Ministry 54 S. Division Ave. St. Marks Episcopal Church 134 N. Divi