Posts By: Jeffrey Lawrence

Lenten Devotional: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 11

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: The greatest Jonah 3:5 • And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. Matthew 12:41 • The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Saturday, March 10

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: First things first Hosea 6:6 • For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Matthew 9:13 • Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners…. Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Friday, March 9

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: God forgives Hosea 4:14 • I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with whores, and sacrifice with temple prostitutes; thus a people without understanding comes to ruin. John 8:10–11 •… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Thursday, March 8

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: Ouch Lamentations 3:30 • . . . but to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults.  Matthew 5:39 • But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also. This… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Wednesday, March 7

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: Bullying — ‘a national disaster’ Jeremiah 20:7 • O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. Mark 10:34 • They will mock him, and spit upon… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Tuesday, March 6

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: Tears overflowing Jeremiah 13:17 • But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive. Luke 19:41 • As he came near and saw… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week in Lent: Monday, March 5

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: Treating others God’s way Matthew 7:12 • In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Jesus’ teaching has been coined as “The Golden Rule.” Almost every culture has this call to unselfishness. “Treat others… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Sunday in Lent, March 4

  The Prophets and the Teachings of Jesus: Just one word — love Deuteronomy 6:4–5 • Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Leviticus 19:18 • You shall not take… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Saturday, March 3

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: Living in a special time Luke 4:18–19 • He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  These are difficult and confusing times for human liberty. But… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Friday, March 2

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: God’s Spirit proclaims good news Luke 4:17–18 • . . . and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring… Read more »