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2018 MEDITATIONS BY MEMBERS OF Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cathedral of St. Andrew First United Methodist Church St. Marks Episcopal Church

FOREWORD An Invitation to a Holy Lent Welcome to Lent 2018, a welcome that is also an invitation to draw closer to God in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. St. Marks Episcopal Church is pl

Wednesday, February 14 We are putting no obstacle in anyones way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. 2 Corinthians 63 Full text, 2 Corinthians 520b610 There was a problem for Saul who b

Thursday, February 15 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. Philippians 245 Full text, Philippians 215

Friday, February 16 The eyes of the Lord are on those who love him, a mighty shield and strong support, a shelter from scorching wind and a shade from noonday sun, a guard against stumbling and a help

Saturday, February 17 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 1224 Full text, John 1224

Sunday, February 18 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis 911 Fu

Monday, February 19 The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isaiah 3217 Full text, Isaiah 321118 During Lent, I walk in the wilderness

Tuesday, February 20 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that i

Wednesday, February 21 There is not fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man

Thursday, February 22 And they said to him, Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory. But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Mark 103738a Full

Friday, February 23 When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ

Saturday, February 24 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in

Sunday, February 25 For the law brings wrath but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed t

Monday, February 26 Trouble and distress have come upon me, yet your commandments are my delight. The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting grant me understanding, that I may live. Psalm 11914

Tuesday, February 27 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying Blessed are the poor in spirit

Wednesday, February 28 Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives tales. Train yourself in godliness. 1 Timothy 47 Full text, 1 Timothy 4616 An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Full moons

Thursday, March 1 The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. Proverbs 1514 Full text, Proverbs 151421 Is curiosity a virtue I hope so, because I fin

Friday, March 2 All ones ways may be pure in ones own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Proverbs 3 Full text, Proverbs 13 For the first 50 years of my life, I believed I was strong enough and wis

Saturday, March 3 Live in harmony with one another do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what i

Sunday, March 4 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 1914 Full text, Psalm 19 Let me be brutally honest. I have had mo

Monday, March 5 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.

Tuesday, March 6 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leaders house to say, Your daughter is dead do not trouble the teacher any longer. When Jesus heard this, he replied, Do not fear. O

Wednesday, March 7 But we are not the sort of people who timidly draw back and end up being quitters. We will stay with it and survive, trusting God all the way. Hebrews 1039 Full text, Hebrews 10323

Thursday, March 8 A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. Teacher, he said, what must I do to inherit eternal life He said to him, What is written in the law ... He answered, You shall love the Lord your God

Friday, March 9 For she wisdom is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. Wisdom 725 Full text, Wisdom 72428

Saturday, March 10 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets

Sunday, March 11 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. Psalm 10721

Monday, March 12 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of Gods mystery, that is, Christ himself,

Tuesday, March 13 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a wilderness road. So he got up and went. Acts 82

Wednesday, March 14 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. Isaiah 6018 Full text, Isa

Thursday, March 15 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow it is able to judge the thoughts and in

Friday, March 16 You desire truth in the inward being therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Psalm 516 Full text, Psalm 51 How often do we lie to others How often do we lie to ourselves It may

Saturday, March 17 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2

Sunday, March 18 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts and I will be the

Monday, March 19 Our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 35

Tuesday, March 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Luke 62021 Ful

Wednesday, March 21 Your hands have made me and fashioned me give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments. Psalm 11973 Full text, Psalm 1197380 What a beautiful verse for all of us to re

Thursday, March 22 The saying is sure If we have died with him, we will also live with him if we endure, we will also reign with him if we deny him, he will also deny us if we are faithless, he remain

Friday, March 23 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so tha

Saturday, March 24 Now my soul is in turmoil, and what should I say Father, save me from this hour No It was for this very reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name. John 122728a Fu

Sunday, March 25 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking

Monday, March 26 But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, he entered once

Tuesday, March 27 Do not cast me off in my old age forsake me not when my strength fails. For my enemies are talking against me, and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together. Psalm 719

Wednesday, March 28 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the rac

Thursday, March 29 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 1126 Full text, 1 Corinthians 112326 This passage from 1 Corinthian

Friday, March 30 Pilate said, But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews They shouted in reply, Not this man, but Bara

Saturday, March 31 The end of all things is near therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multi

Easter Sunday, April 1 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at

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