Palm Sunday

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Prayer of the Day
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
As we near the end of Lent and draw near to the Three Days and the Easter season we once again read some of the prophecies that Christ would endure near the end of his earthly life.  I mentioned this a long time ago, but every time I read parts that Handel put to music, I still hear the melodies in my head.  It might be because I helped perform the work (in a choir) many years ago.  There are some things that make such an impression that they’re hard to forget, and this was one of them.
Psalm 31:9-16 (KJ21)

Psalm 31:9-16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

11 I am a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintances; they that see me in the streets flee from me.

12 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

13 For I have heard the slander of many; fear was on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life.

14 But I have trusted in Thee, O Lord; I said, “Thou art my God.”

15 My times are in Thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies and from them that persecute me.

16 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me for Thy mercies’ sake.

In Philippians we go into greater detail from what was spoken about in Isaiah and in the Psalm.  God in the form of Jesus came down to show us the way back to God, for he is always there for us whether we believe it or not. He had to go through all this just for us to be able to come back and not have to really worry about the whys and wherefores.
The Gospel reading is the whole story of the Crucifixion by way of Mark.  We see how the prophecies that were sprinkled throughout the Old Testament were fulfilled in this one act.

Year B Lent (March 28th)

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Philippians 2:5-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,

who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,

but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

And being found in the fashion of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—even the death of the cross.

Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Year B Lent (March 27th)

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Psalm 31:9-16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

11 I am a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintances; they that see me in the streets flee from me.

12 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

13 For I have heard the slander of many; fear was on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life.

14 But I have trusted in Thee, O Lord; I said, “Thou art my God.”

15 My times are in Thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies and from them that persecute me.

16 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me for Thy mercies’ sake.

Year B Lent (March 26th)

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Isaiah 50:4-9 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“The Lord God hath given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. He wakeneth morning by morning; He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned.

The Lord God hath opened Mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

I gave My back to the smiters and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not My face from shame and spitting.

For the Lord God will help Me, therefore shall I not be confounded; therefore have I set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

He is near that justifieth Me. Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is Mine adversary? Let him come near to Me.

Behold, the Lord God will help Me. Who is he that shall condemn Me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

Year B Lent (March 25th) Annunciation of Our Lord

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Luke 1:26-38 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.”

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and cast about in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.

31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus.

32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David,

33 and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore also that Holy Being who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth: she hath also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

38 And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” And the angel departed from her.

Year B Lent (March 24th)

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Isaiah 44:1-8 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

44 “Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen.

Thus saith the Lord that made thee and formed thee from the womb, who will help thee: Fear not, O Jacob, My servant, and thou, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring.

And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the watercourses.

One shall say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand, ‘Unto the Lord,’ and surname himself by the name of Israel.

“Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First, and I am the Last, and besides Me there is no God.

And who, as I, shall call and shall declare it, and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show unto them.

Fear ye not, neither be afraid. Have not I told thee from that time and have declared it? Ye are even My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Yea, there is no God. I know not any.”

Year B Lent (March 23rd)

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Isaiah 43:8-13 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Bring forth the blind people that have eyes and the deaf that have ears.

Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this and show us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”

10 “Ye are My witnesses,” saith the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.

11 I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.

12 I have declared and have saved, and I have shown, when there was no strange god among you; therefore ye are My witnesses,” saith the Lord, “that I am God.

13 Yea, before the day was, I am He, and there is none that can deliver out of My hand; I will work, and who shall turn it back?”

5th Sunday of Lent

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Prayer of the Day
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
The days are coming.  Some see those as the end times, others just don’t see the future.  People are so intent on what’s in front of them that they don’t stop to think about what might happen around the corner.  It’s all about the here and now.  No delayed gratification for this bunch.  If we patiently wait, then the promise will be all the more gratifying.  Isn’t that what we want?
Psalm 51:1-12 (KJ21)

Psalm 51:1-12 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight, that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.

Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts; in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

In Hebrews we get to see, or better yet, read how Christ, through his patiently waiting is the one that we will all know personally in the end.
We see in John’s gospel Jesus easily referencing what will come before him.  Just like in Hebrews, or maybe Hebrews is in reference to this and other similar passages, how we will all know Jesus in the end.  Face it, he is the most well known man out of all history.  Everyone knows at least something about him, even if it is in passing.

Year B Lent (March 21st)

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Hebrews 5:5-10 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

So also Christ glorified not Himself to be made a high priest, but He that said unto Him, “Thou art My Son; today have I begotten Thee.”

And He saith also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Christ, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared,

though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.

And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all those who obey Him,

10 being called by God as a high priest after the order of Melchizedek,

Year B Lent (March 20th)

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Psalm 51:1-12 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight, that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.

Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts; in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

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