Posts By: Jeffrey Lawrence

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Thursday, March 1

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: Sparing a dime Isaiah 58:7 • Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Matthew 25:35–36 • For I was hungry and… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Wednesday, February 28

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: God’s teaching Isaiah 54:13 • All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the prosperity of your children. John 6:45 • It is written in the prophets, “And they will all be taught by God.” Children have a special place in the heart of… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Tuesday, February 27

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: Heart service Isaiah 29:13 • The Lord said: Because these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their worship of me is a human commandment learned by rote … Jesus and Isaiah criticize religion that is… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week in Lent: Monday, February 26

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: The light of the world Isaiah 9:2 • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. We all need light. The first light for a dark night came from fire. Many of… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Sunday in Lent, February 25

  The Prophet Isaiah and Jesus: Can you hear me now? Matthew 13:14 • With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: “You will indeed listen, but never understand and you will indeed look, but never perceive.” Jesus and the prophet Isaiah declared that revelation was kept from those whose purpose was… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Saturday, February 24

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: Headed someplace special? Matthew 2:14–15 • Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Friday, February 23

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: Faith amid grief Matthew 2:18 • A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more. The prophet Jeremiah predicted this slaughter would occur. When Jesus was born, King Herod ruthlessly murdered… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Thursday, February 22

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: Your name matters Matthew 1:23 • Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him “Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” For centuries, Christians have known Jesus as “Emmanuel, God with Us.” This name is a constant reminder of the persistent… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Wednesday, February 21

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: On the day that you were born Luke 2:36–38 • There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Tuesday, February 20

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: An everlasting kingdom Isaiah 9:6 • For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  The prophet Isaiah predicted that the kingdom ushered in by Jesus… Read more »