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The Psalms have been referred to as the hymnbook of God’s people. They are a collection of songs written from the hearts of those who have walked with God through trials, joy, suffering, victory and pain....

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Dead to Sin and Alive to God

Once we were sinners, but just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too have been resurrected, and now the person that marches through the world day by day is a new creation...

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Sinned Against

Sin rises out of context so we should consider viewing others as sinned against, not just sinners....

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Week 6 Serve: Jesus is Buried

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It is Good Friday, and there have been a number of people whom you have prayed and fasted for over the past 6 weeks. Reach out to those individuals. ...

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Week 6 Fast: Jesus is Buried

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We have discussed the Gospel, and the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We understand that Jesus’ death served as a substitutionary work on our behalf....

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Week 6: Jesus is Buried

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He was betrayed, unjustly tried, beaten, mocked and crucified. He died a criminal’s death on the cross, and he was taken down and buried in a tomb. It seemed as though all hope had been lost....

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Week 5: Jesus Dies

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As a result of Christ’s death on the cross, the curtain no longer serves as a barrier between us and the world around us, and it no longer separates humanity from God....

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Week 5: Jesus Dies

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

Jesus, by his death and resurrection, removed this barrier between humanity and God, ...

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Week 5: Jesus Dies

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

After being falsely tried, mocked, beaten and nailed to a cross, Jesus died. He died a criminal’s death, yet he wasn’t a criminal....

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Week 4 Serve: Jesus is Crucified

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“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he told his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!...

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Week 4 Fast: Jesus is Crucified

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Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, as he hung naked, beaten and bloody on that cross, identified himself with with all who have ever been mocked, shamed, humiliated, oppressed, marginalized, taken advantage of....

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Week 4 Prayer: Jesus is Crucified

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Without even realizing it, Pilate was announcing to the world the reign of a new King. Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth has become King of the Jews....

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Week 3 Serve: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

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As we close out this third week of Lent, we need to consider how we should live out these truths....

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Week 3 Fast: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

After the soldiers mockingly hailed Jesus as king, they “spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head....

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Week 3 Prayer: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

There is an unusual event that transpires over the course of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion....

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Week 2 Serve: Jesus is tried by Pilate

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

This week is simple. Who is that person in your life that you are dangling forgiveness and mercy in front of?...

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Week 2 Fast: Jesus is tried by Pilate

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

Jesus’ trial before Pilate shows us something about Jesus that is immensely important for us as his followers....

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Week 2 Prayer: Jesus is tried by Pilate

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

The idea of a trial and courtroom conjures up images of justice and fairness. ...

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Week 1 Serve: Jesus is betrayed by Judas

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We have spent the week considering the theme of betrayal as it is laid out through Judas’ betrayal of Jesus and Pharaoh’s betrayal of Israel....

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Week 1 Fast: Jesus is betrayed by Judas

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Jesus’ betrayal enters into the Gospel narrative during a meal....

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Week 1 Prayer: Jesus is betrayed by Judas.

2016-Lent at JW2_Page_1

Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest friends....

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Pray, Fast, Serve: Lent 2016

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Christians throughout church history have found ways to identify themselves with the sufferings of the Christ. Roman Catholics meditate upon the Stations of the Cross, while other Christian traditions practice self-denial, whether that is through a rhythm of fasting or by giving up a specific item during the Lenten season. ...

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