Digging Deeper | Chasing Eternity: Work

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Chasing Eternity: Work

In addition to the verses and passages referenced in the sermon, below are four additional verses I came across in my prep that would be great ones to memorize with respect to our work. The passages are in order of easiest to hardest to memorize. Also, I have included a link to an article from the Navigators that offers tips and techniques for memorizing scripture.

How to Memorize Scripture

Psalm 68:19

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Psalm 37:10-11

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundance peace.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Life Together | The Season of Lent

The Season of Lent

One of the ways that we as a church can participate with the larger Church around the world is to observe certain days and seasons that make up the “church year.” Within the first two centuries of the early Church the idea of focusing on various aspects of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection at different times of the year had already taken hold and have persisted as a tradition to this day. For instance, we observe Advent each year in the weeks leading up to Christmas, which is a time of remembering Christ’s first coming and anticipating his second coming. Another of these times is a season known as Lent, which occurs in the weeks leading up to Easter.

Lent derives its name from an old Saxon word meaning to “to lengthen” and was associated with the season of spring, a time of the year when the days would begin to once again lengthen. Historically Lent has been used to remember Christ’s sufferings on our behalf and to intentionally examine our own lives for places that certain sins may have crept in. The spiritual discipline of fasting is often utilized during Lent as a way to heighten one’s spiritual sensitivity to certain sins that may be present in one’s life. As we identify with Christ’s suffering through the confession of sin, we also identify with him in his resurrection as we experience new life through his forgiveness and grace.

Throughout the history of the Church various readings from the Bible have been offered as a roadmap through Lent. Using some of these ancient lists as our guide, we have created a set of daily readings to help you walk through the season of Lent. One set is from the Old Testament and is based on the Psalms, and the other set is from the New Testament and is based on the Gospel of Matthew. There are also questions provided for each day that are intended to help you interact with each passage, and a set of reflective questions at the end of each week. Our hope is that this simple tool will help you to prepare your heart more fully for the highest day of the church year, Easter Sunday, a day when Christ’s triumph over sin and death was displayed to all creation and made available to all who place their faith in him.

Ben

Digging Deeper | Chasing Eternity: Wisdom

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Chasing Eternity: Wisdom

This week I am passing along a fun video overview of the book of Ecclesiastes. Created by the Bible Project, this short video provides a creative graphic presentation of the overall themes of Ecclesiastes in a way that even children can follow. They have created these videos for many other books in Scripture, and all the ones I have seen have been excellent. Enjoy!!!


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Lent Readings for this Week:
Wednesday March 6 -- Psalms 95 and 32Matthew 1
Thursday March 7 -- Psalm 37Matthew 2
Friday March 8 -- Psalms 31 and 35Matthew 3

Lent Booklet | Devotions for the Season of Lent

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Lent Devotions

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How To Use This Booklet

Throughout the history of the Church various readings from the Bible have been offered as a road map through Lent. Using some of these ancient lists as our guide, we have selected a set of daily readings to help you walk through the season of Lent. One set is from the Old Testament and is based on the Psalms, and the other set is from the New Testament and is based on the Gospel of Matthew. There are Daily Questions intended to help you interact with each passage, as well as a set of Weekly Examen Questions for reflection at the end of each week.

Our hope is that this simple tool will help you to prepare your heart more fully for the highest day of the church year, Easter Sunday, a day when Christ’s triumph over sin and death was displayed to all creation and made available to all who place their faith in Him.

Digging Deeper | Chasing Eternity

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Chasing Eternity

In the Old Testament there are three big categories of literature: history, wisdom/poetry, and prophecy. In our current sermon series we are hunkering down into one of the trickiest books in the category of wisdom literature: Ecclesiastes. Listed below are each of the books included in OT wisdom with a brief blurb about the unique way that each of them approaches the topic of wisdom.

  • Job: this book presents wisdom through the lens of suffering. Job, seemingly through no fault of his own, encounters tremendous struggle and must learn to trust God even when he cannot fully understand him. Wisdom is thus presented as trusting God in the midst of unexplained suffering.

  • Proverbs: this is the book of “conventional” wisdom, containing a number of sayings and maxims which offer common sense, everyday principles for righteous living. Though the flavor of this book is very practical, it is also very clear that true wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. Wisdom is thus presented as trusting God in the middle of ordinary life.

  • Ecclesiastes: this book presents wisdom through the lens of frustration. Because life is fleeting and cannot be controlled or manipulated, its unpredictable nature must be accepted for what it is. Wisdom is thus presented as trusting God in the midst of instability and disappointment, realizing that our deepest desires can only be fully met in eternity.

  • Song of Solomon: this book presents wisdom through God’s design of love, romance, and sex. In many ways, it is a love song, one that celebrates beauty and passion in the context of a man and woman in the covenant of marriage. Wisdom is thus presented as living in accordance with God’s design for relational love and commitment and sexual fulfillment.

For more information on how to read different categories of literature in the Bible, check out How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart.