FEBRUARY 17 SEMINAR - "INTERPRETING THE BIBLE" (DR. ROB PLUMMER) - REGISTER HERE

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A weekly follow-up of Sunday morning's sermon with links, scripture text, the main point, and thoughts regarding application.

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "Have you found what you're looking for?" and "The Triumph of Joy".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "Let His Blood be on us" and "He Descended into Hell?"

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "It is Finished" and "Why have You Forsaken Me?".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "The Greatest Prayer in the World" and "Not My Will be done".

...Toward the end of the seminar, he made a very simple statement that had a huge impact on the way I read my Bible. He said, "When you read the Bible, always look for the gospel." That's it, no magic formula, just an admonition to look for the gospel. He had, of course, prior to that statement spent time teaching us how the Bible is God's story of redemption and that it all points to Christ....

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "Betrayed by one of His Own" and "Mutiny against the Messiah".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "The Escalating Conflict" and "The King We Needed, but Never Wanted".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "No Turning Back" and "Jesus Turns the Tables".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a morning and evening devotional for Holy Week. Today's devotionals are entitled "The Savior's Tears of Sovereign Mercy" and "The Problem of Palm Sunday".

Our friends at Desiring God have put together a helpful resource for us as we head into Holy Week. Eleven pastors/leaders have written morning and evening devotions for us from Palm Sunday through Easter to help us process what took place that historically pivotal week and what it means for us today. David Mathis, Executive Director of Desiring God writes this in his preface:

David teaches us that being discouraged is part of the life of faith but he also teaches us what do in those times of discouragement.

In just three days my oldest daughter will be married. How did we get here so fast? As I looked for an old blog post to share with you all today this one reminded me, though I am now in a different season of life, to cling to Jesus in the midst of whatever situation I find myself in. That I am reconciled to God through the blood of the cross and have the Spirit living and actively at work in me is truth I don't want to lose sight of - even in the midst of busy wedding preparations!

Ungodliness...does that define how you live? None of us would readily say that would we? But we must ask ourselves this question. Do we live the moments of our days with little to no thought of God? In the moments and details of our lives are we any different than our unbelieving neighbors and co-workers? Are we mindful of living in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10) throughout the nitty gritty and tedium of our days (Col. 3:22-24)? Do we make plans without a thought of what the Lord would want (James 4:13-15)? I could keep asking questions to help us all process but I imagine all of us can feel our tendency towards ungodliness in our lives. It's worth thinking about. And it's worth mortifying (Rom. 8:13)!

The struggle is real. I hear this phrase quite a bit from my daughter who tells me it's a common saying among the "younger generation." I've heard it used as a comic narrative regarding things that don't really matter such as, "I can't decide what to wear...the struggle is real," but I have also heard it describe true struggles like, "I don't know what to do with my life...the struggle is real."