Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:57 AM

March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:57 AM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:57 AM

AN INVITATION TO A LENTEN JOURNEY

It does not matter whether this is your first, second, or any number of times you’ve walked to the cross with Jesus – there is always something new to be learned or experienced. If this is your first time, no doubt you will see Jesus in new, perhaps unbelievable ways as He turns his face towards Jerusalem. If you’ve walked before, you’ll not be disappointed in this inexhaustible journey with Jesus!

Lent is that period of time between what is called Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Early church history tells us that one or two days of fasting were to be observed in preparation for Easter. Today, we still hear references to “give up something for Lent”; the possibilities are many. In some churches, however, there is a greater emphasis on penitential practices and private devotions.

It is the latter to which you are invited. You don’t have to “give up” anything – but you are invited to do something, namely find time during the forty-six days of Lent to read the devotionals that you will receive each day, and reflect on what happened to Jesus and others as they walked to that cross outside of Jerusalem and to the tomb.

We are grateful to the members of SMBC who have contributed these devotionals for use during this Lenten Season. They have spent time in prayer and praise preparing these readings so that your journey may be one filled with spiritual renewal and an even deeper sense of purpose and focus on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.

As we journey down this road, God will be with us every step of the way. Over-riding our entire journey will be one universal truth: God loves us and God came to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

May the blessed hope of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior be ever with you along this Lenten journey.

Pastor Joshua

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