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Is anybody suffering from the Post-Christmas Blues yet? It’s easy to become depressed after all the excitement. All the fireworks will be burned out by the New Year, and there’s no post-season remaining for my teams. The tree in the box or sitting by the trash piles of wrapping paper reminds us again of the bleak mid-winter.

Lenten Study Week 1

Jesus Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:1-11

 

We begin our Lenten Study with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. He and his disciples have come to Jeruselam to celebrate the Passover, one of three main Jewish festivals that prompt Jews to make the long pilgrimage to the Holy Land. As good Jews, it makes since that Jesus would want to celebrate in this place. Outside of the city he stops near the Mt. of Olives, a signficant area in the Jewish history, and gives the disciples some direction of how to prepare for the Passover Feast. In his dirctions to the disciples he quotes many Messiah Prophecies that would point the crowd to who He is. He also uses common symbols to signify his role as the King they have been waiting for. It was common for a king to ride a donkey during royal correnations and on parade. Donkeys are associated with peacefulness and humility. Doesn't it then seem right that Jesus would enter the city in this way? He is making a statement to the people that he brings peace, not a revolution of political advantage. 
Loss Leads to Life
 

When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:20-23

Over the last month I attended two family funerals. I said a final goodbye to my grandmother who lived an incredible 101 years, and to my uncle who spent his last 10 years battling cancer. I am so thankful that both knew God personally and that there is no doubt they have overcome death with victory in eternity!

Tons of people are asking this question, mostly in hopes that they can either avoid it's responsibility or know if they could ever become one.

Websters Dictionary says that a leader is a person or thing that leads (always useful when they use the word in the definition, right?...ummm....NO!). It also says that a leader is someone who rules, guides, or inspires others. Now those are some words I can get behind! While I have no desire to rule over anyone I do have a desire to help guide and direct them closer to God and inspire them to deepen their relationships with their Savior and others. The things that inspire people more than anything else are authenticity, humility, willingness to share the good and bad of their life story, and desire for others to know the healing, redemptive love of God. You see, what makes a successful leader is not a magnetic personality, but a heart that desires God and a deep willingness to love others.