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weeping – cleansing

Holy Week

Weeping and Cleansing

We’ve talked about the  triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Today we will look at weeping and cleansing.

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it” Luke 19:41 ESV

It is here that Jesus speaks of the coming destruction of Jerusalem. They refused to recognize God’s offer of salvation. (41-44)

I wonder how much impact it would make on our lives if we spent more time weeping over those who don’t know Jesus and are living in darkness? When was the last time you prayed for someone to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord? I am reminded of a line from a song that I love — “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.”

We then find Jesus entering the temple.

“And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:45-46 ESV

“A den of robbers” indicates that unfair dealings were taking place. Even though animals were needed for the sacrifices, selling them inside the temple was not acceptable. I believe it was also a prophetic action that sacrifices were no longer going to be needed. Jesus would become the sacrifice once and for all.

Weeping and cleansing — let’s take some time today and pray for those who are living with out hope. Let’s take some time to ask Jesus if there is a cleansing that needs to take place in us. Maybe it’s a negative attitude, a destructive habit, a stingy mindset, a laziness of sorts, complacency, pride, envy, a lying tongue…. is there something that is standing in the way of us being all that God intends us to be?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Psalm 19:23-24 NLT

til next time

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

lost to find them?

Everyone has been lost at some time or another.  Many people are directionally challenged and get lost more than others.  It can be extremely frustrating or you can rest in the knowledge that things are not always how they appear to be.  Sometimes getting lost is really a good thing.

On  Saturday three cars head out to the Mercy Me Rock and Worship roadshow.  It is over an hour away.    When we arrive, people are swarming everywhere.  Where do we park?  We  did find a spot.  However, our vehicle got separated from the other two.  Really not a problem as this is the age of cell phones.

Mercy Me is doing something a bit different.  They hope to not even charge for tickets next year.  This year it was just $10.00 for four bands.  You can imagine the number of people.

We made it inside before it started, butconcert-017 seating was pretty much not an option.  We did not want to sit concert-0031behind the stage so we opted to stand for the entire concert.  It was over three hours long.   That’s a lot of standing.  However, it does make the amount of standing during our church worship time certainly seem short. 

Tenth Ave North was great.  concert-018Sanctus Real sang my current most favorite song –“Whatever You’re doing”.   Then Hawk Nelson came on (sorry no pic).  Ok, so they had an concert-0011impressive light show but they did way too much screaming for me.  It was kind of a sad thought.  Have I really reached the age where music can be too loud??  *heavy sigh* 

concert-021Mercy Me was well worth the wait and all the standing.  It wasn’t just a performance.  They shared Jesus with all of us.

By the time the concert is over we are hungry.  We opt to get back on the Hwy and head to an exit away from the arena to eat.  Curt is driving our van and he is very good with directions.  Even so, we do miss the first turn.  No problem, there is another one up ahead that will get us onto the road  we want. 

Next thing we know, we are in fact lost.  We are heading out of town on a sidconcert-031e road going who knows where.  It is quite dark.  Where are the street lights?  We turn around and head back to the Casey’s we had passed.  Who should just ‘happen’ to be there?    We couldn’t have planned that if we had tried.  We had in fact  planned to meet at a restaurant.  However, God knew that wasn’t going to work.  Here we all are at the Casey’s.

So that explains it to me.  We got lost to find them.

Now armed with new directions we start off.  Take a right, then a left, one more left — oops something isn’t quite right.  This time we are all together so it really doesn’t matter that no one knows for sure where we are.  Praise God for cell phones.

Do you know what is more challenging than a back seat driver?  A front seat driver from another car. 

It was extremely humorous to  watch and hear Steve give Lance (who is riding with Terrence in the lead car) directions.  Then there was the hand motions for Julie (the middle vehicle) who couldn’t possibly see them.  Laughter is wonderful.

concert-037We get to Taco Bells by first stopping at Sonic.  It is an adventure. tjs4 This mild sauce wrapper pretty much sums it up.  

What a great way to end a very long week.   I think I see more concerts in my future. 

 

concert-038concert-039 til next time

April 22, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments