Category Archives: Lent

Bring Out the Champagne! The Party Has Just Begun!

Easter is gone, right? Actually Easter has just begun! The Easter Season lasts for 50 days. It is glorified in the PENT-ecost season. According to the Christian Calendar, Easter lasts until May 19th (Pentecost Sunday). But didn’t we spend ourselves … Continue reading

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What is Holy Saturday?

The Passion Week provides vast theological emotions for the people of God. Palm Sunday commences with the entrance of a divine King riding on a donkey. He comes in ancient royal transportation. That royal procession concludes with a Crucified Messiah … Continue reading

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The Passion Week

“Jesus proceeded toward his holy passion to consummate the mystery of our salvation. The Word had come down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin. He marched to this destiny without flags and banners, without knives and … Continue reading

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Riding on a Donkey

The Concordia Journal observes that John is using the donkey as key in this text.  The donkey pointed to the Passion Week. The donkey, though used as kingly transportation in the Solomonic days, was also a symbol of peace. He … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Walking Dead

The Lenten Season causes us to consider that not everything is made right; that relationships are broken; that restoration is difficult. We walk in truth, but we walk knowing that we have died in Christ. This means that we do … Continue reading

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Preaching and the Prodigal Son

I often sit at my desk on Monday morning after a tiring and refreshing Sunday, and say to myself “Here I go again!” I just finished preaching and leading a liturgical service the day before, fellowshiped in the afternoon, and on … Continue reading

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Why Most Christians Should Use Facebook!

It is likely that you are a Facebook user. In fact, over one billion people are on Facebook. And of course, it is likely that you are reading this article because a friend linked to it on their Facebook page. … Continue reading

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Lent, Ligon Duncan, and Legalism

Collin Hansen wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition entitled Should You Cancel Good Friday? which has brought to the attention of many a conversation they have never had before. What is Lent? Why celebrate it? As a committed Protestant, I am committed to … Continue reading

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil

Satan’s gifts are easy to master. They come with first grade instruction manuals. They are made to be mastered quickly and enjoyed rapidly (sex, drugs, alcohol; various temptations). God’s gifts are a little harder to master. They demand self-control and … Continue reading

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Herod the Fox, Jesus the Hen, and the Exodus: Lectionary, Luke 13:31-35

In these few verses in St. Luke, the writer plays on the animal vocabulary to describe two opposing groups. In the process it also echoes the exodus motif. In this text, Herod is described as a fox. A fox is … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live (SNL), DJesus Uncrossed, the Romans, the Jews and the God of the Bible

DJesus UnCrossed is SNL’s latest attempt to de-christ Christ. Of course, in our day, Jesus is easy to disrespect. One wonders if SNL would attempt a comedy journey through the life of Muhammad. No further comments needed. David Flowers believes … Continue reading

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Jesus and Temptation: A Meditation on the First Sunday of Lent

As we embark in this Lenten Journey, we follow the footsteps of our Lord from His entrance into the wilderness and His entrance into death for three days. Luke 4 offers an extraordinary glimpse into the temptations Jesus endured in … Continue reading

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In Defiance of God: Inhaling the Poisonous Gas

This morning a group of us from Micah 6:8 joined to read Scriptures and pray at the only abortion clinic in Pensacola. It was a short time of reading and prayer. As the cold weather froze our bodies we realized that we … Continue reading

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A Superior Exegete

“Jesus is able to resist the devil, a devil able to quote scripture, by being a superior exegete to the one who would tempt him. Jesus, the faithful interpreter of Israel’s scripture, teaches us how to read so that we might know … Continue reading

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Lent CREC Devotions

Through the labors of Pastor Steve Hemmeke, the CREC is making available a Lenten Devotional for personal and family use. The PDF version can be found here: Lent CREC Devotions 2013 Each devotional ends with an application and/or prayer, which is … Continue reading

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What is Shrove Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting. It marks the conclusion of the Epiphany Season. On this day, the Church feasts before she enters into a more solemn and penitential season called Lent, which is referred to as a Season … Continue reading

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Lent as Psalmic Restructure

The season of Lent is upon us. While most of the world does not honor or follow the Lenten Season, I believe the principles of Lent can be followed by all. All Christians need a re-structuring of order in their … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lent

The Lenten Season is now behind us, but just this morning I finished a book I started in the beginning of Lent. The book is conspicuously titled Lent (Free PDF of Book). The book published in 1902 is composed of 30 … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 40

Each Lent should mark a higher level of spiritual life. Each Lent should find us better equipped, when it is over, to keep our baptismal vow, to fight manfully under Christ’s banner, against sin, the world, and the devil, and … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 38

The cross of Christ which shines so brightly for the redeemed casts a dark shadow on the sin that defies God’s will. –James B. Funsten

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Lenten Quote, Day 37

The cross is not a contradiction of God’s Lordship, but its most dramatic expression and revelation. He is the Lord even in the place that is most opposed to Him, and He exercises this Lordship for us. –Douglas Wilson

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The Necessity of Lent

Fellow CREC pastor in Poland, Pawel Bartosik, has written a short, but compelling piece on the necessity of keeping Lent.

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Lenten Quote, Day 36

The cross is the wood on the altar of the world on which is laid the sacrifice to end all sacrifice. The cross is the wood on which Jesus burns in His love for His Father and for His people, … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 35

The cross is the light of the world; on the cross Jesus is the firmament, mediating between heaven and earth; the cross is the first of the fruit-bearing trees, and on the cross Jesus shines as the bright morning star; … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 34

This is a Lenten collect: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 33

Embracing the crucified Lord means embracing His Lordship. –Sermon Excerpt

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Triune Love at the Cross

Peter Leithart writes: The cross is the work of the Father, who gave His Son in love for the world; the cross is the work of the Son, who did not cling to equality with God but gave Himself to … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 32, on Palm Sunday

We recognize Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as an act of great defiance. This is the city of his destiny. This is the city in which his enemies will rise up and kill him. Still he comes, comes to “give his … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 31

Alleluia, how the people cheer And palm leaves rustle as the king draws near. ~ John Beavis Jesus Christ is a God whom we approach without pride, and before whom we humble ourselves without despair. ~ Blaise Pascal

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Lenten Quote, Day 30

On this thirtieth day of Lent we hear verses from two beautiful hymns. From the famous Palm Sunday hymn: All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. And from … Continue reading

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