Lent Devotional

As a church, we have chosen to observe the Lent season through daily devotionals. Each was written by a member of our church.

 
 
 Matt Carlson and his wife, Melanie, have 3 kids. If you knew him, you would say ... he loves being with his family.

Matt Carlson and his wife, Melanie, have 3 kids. If you knew him, you would say ... he loves being with his family.

 
 
 
 
 Matt Carlson has served as our Lead Pastor for 5 years. If you knew him, you would say ... he has a hard time sitting still!

Matt Carlson has served as our Lead Pastor for 5 years. If you knew him, you would say ... he has a hard time sitting still!

 
 
 
 
 
 Matt Carlson began attending BVCC in 1989. If you knew him, you would say... he enjoys life!

Matt Carlson began attending BVCC in 1989. If you knew him, you would say... he enjoys life!

Day 3: February 16, 2018

"Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our responses, as we forgive those that trespass against us." Matthew 6:11-12

Lord, give us today that which will sustain us. You are the Bread of Life. You nourish.

Lord, I fall short so often. Forgive me when I do not live as You desire. You give second chances.

Lord, it is so easy for me to look to the faults of others. May I forgive others as you have forgiven me. You show me how to love.

Now, friends, take some time to get specific.

How does God daily give you what you need and what is it that He has given you? Where in your life is there unconfessed sin? Ask the Spirit to reveal this to you. Who are you holding grudges against and becoming bitter? Pray forgiveness for them.

The degree to which we do these three things, is the degree to which we will experience God's plans and life in our days.

 

Day 2: February 15, 2018

"Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

Each day there is a battle to be fought. Will I spend the day saying, "my will be done" or "Your will be done?"

The world around us tells us to live each day for ourselves. Do our job. Take control of our lives. Manage our finances, relationships, bodies, dreams and hopes. This perspective puts us at the center of our life. Yet, a life lived with ourselves at the center leads to anxiety, control, fear, and the need to always perform.

Jesus tells us to reorient; to shift our focus off ourselves and onto the Father. This day is not ours to master, it is a gift given to us from God. We don't need to control it, we need to steward it. There is so much freedom in laying down our day; in recognizing He is in controlled He offers us everything we need for every day.

Give the Lord this day. Give Him your schedule. Invite Him into all aspects of what this day will bring.

May His Kingdom come and His will be done - within us and through us. Our lives oriented IN Him.

 

Day 1: February 14, 2018

For the first four days of Lent we, as a church, are going to pray through the Lord's Prayer.
Today we begin with the first part of the prayer.
"Our Father, who art in heaven, Hollowed be thy Name." Matthew 6:9

Stop. Take a deep breath.
Pray this with me: 

"Lord, I welcome Your presence into my life right now. This time is about You. I give You my full attention and my whole self. Help me to pray, to listen, and to grow in my faith and connection with you."

Jesus teaches us to pray and begins by using a name for God and a characteristic of God. 

The name is FATHER. The characteristic is God's HOLINESS.

He is Father ... not a distant deity, but a dad who draws close. He wants us to know Him as Abba, as caring and connected. This is His heart for us.

He is also Holy ... set apart, sinless, above us, deserving of praise. He wants us to know His character is trustworthy. This is who He is.

Take five minutes and pray slowly, "Our Father, who is in heaven, Holy is your Name."

What is the Lord saying to you?