Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Let's go to church!

For Saturday's Lent Scripture: Luke 6, verses 6-11: Healing a Withered Hand (ESV)- 6 On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. 8 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, "Come and stand here." And he rose and stood there. 9 And Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?" 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, "Stretch out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. 

For Sunday's Lent Scripture: Matthew 4, verses 23-25: Jesus' Healing Ministry (ESV)- 23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pain, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and beyond the Jordan. 

For Monday's Lent Scripture: Luke 6, verses 12-16: Choosing the Twelve Apostles (ESV)- 12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he names apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 

For Tuesday's Lent Scripture: Matthew 5, verses 1-6: The Beatitudes part 1 (ESV)- 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 "Bless are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 

For Today's Lent Scripture: Matthew 5, verses 7-12: The Beatitudes part 2 (ESV)- 7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heave. 11 "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

Feeling blessed is something I think a lot of people take for granted. Or they do something so great, and think it's all them. In reality, every single thing we do in life, is because of God. Every accomplishment we get, is because of him. We don't do something, or go through something without him being a part of it. It is so easy to blame God for all the bad, so easy to turn away from him. But God doesn't want his children to suffer. That's why we must lean on him and his word when times get hard. And remember to thank him for the things you have been blessed with. Remind him how much you love him everyday and everyday count all the blessings in your life and remember they all come from him.