Red Letter Day 46: Wait Upon the Lord

2015 Lent Blog Saturday, April 4 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one...

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Red Letter Day 45: I Am Thirsty

2015 Lent Blog Friday April 3 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." (John 19:28) This saying is one of the seven times we have scriptural accounts of Jesus speaking from the cross. This is the only one of the seven where Jesus speaks about himself. I...

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Red Letter Day 43: Don't Be Fooled

2015 Lent Blog Wednesday April 1 And Jesus told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, `This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I...

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Red Letter Day 42: That They May Be One

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 31 "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father,...

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Red Letter Day 41: No One Will Take Away Your Joy

2015 Lent Blog Monday March 30 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, `In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'? I tell you the truth, you will weep...

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Red Letter Day 40: The Stones Will Cry Out

2015 Lent Blog Sunday March 29 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40) There are times when you want to shout. Jesus said these words on Palm Sunday. Some were criticizing him for the noise his disciples and the huge crowd were making as Jesus entered Jerusalem. They asked Jesus to...

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Red Letter Day 39: Just One in a Crowd

2015 Lent Blog Saturday March 28 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." (Luke 8:48) Jesus spoke these words to a woman who had a bleeding problem. No one could cure her and she thought if only I could touch Jesus' robe I will be cured. Jesus was walking through a big crowd...

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Red Letter Day 38: Love One Another

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 27 "My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one...

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Red Letter Day 36: The Prodigal's Brother

2015 Lent Blog Wednesday March 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and...

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Red Letter Day 35: The Prodigal Son

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 24 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his...

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Red Letter Day 34: A Seed Producing Abundant Fruit

2015 Lent Blog Monday March 23 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns,...

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Red Letter Day 33: Who Is Your Neighbor?

2015 Lent Blog Sunday March 22 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed...

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Red Letter Day 32: Looking Forward

2015 Lent Blog Saturday March 21 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62) Jesus spoke these words to someone making an excuse to not follow him immediately. It is very easy to make an excuse not to do something and sometimes these...

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Red Letter Day 31: Take Up Your Cross

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 20 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25) (more…)

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Red Letter Day 30: Beware the Yeast of Hypocrisy

2015 Lent Blog Thursday March 19 "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner...

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Red Letter Day 28: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 17 These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust...

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Red Letter Day 24: The Keys to the Kingdom

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 13 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ." (Matthew 16:19-20) (more…)

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Red Letter Day 23: Battling at the Gates of Hell

2015 Lent Blog Thursday March 12 "Jesus replied, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.'" (Matthew 16:17-18) (more…)

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Red Letter Day 22: My Burden Is Light

2015 Lent Blog Wednesday March 11 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) (more…)

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Red Letter Day 21: Be Shrewd as Snakes

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 10 "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 'Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses...

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Red Letter Day 19: I Am the Good Shepherd

2015 Lent Blog Sunday March 8 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees...

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Red Letter Day 18: I Am the Gate

2015 Lent Blog Saturday March 7 "Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find...

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Red Letter Day 17: I Am the Light of the World

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 6 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world,...

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