Gospels in 40 Days – March 31
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Luke was a physician who traveled with Paul spreading the Good News. God gave him a passion for fact-finding, and Luke’s gospel was written as a historical work in chronological order that encouraged Christians in following Jesus and reads like an epic story. In Luke 1:3, he addresses the gospel to “most excellent Theophilus”, a word meaning “lover of God”.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Luke 21-22
MOST OF IT: Luke 21:1-4
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Luke 21:1-4
Whether it is money, mind, body, or soul, are you giving all that you have?
All That You Have | Dyea Rowland
Luke 21:4 – “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
What a beautiful picture of trust, as Jesus speaks of this widow who doesn’t have much financially, though the message speaks of the abundance of her richness. The abundance of her relationship and trust in Jesus — she gave all that she had.
I was reflecting on my life and where I was five years ago. This place was wonderful — I was on fire for You; I was alive in You, and I was giving my all to You. I since have moved from this place; but the widow is there; the “all of her” is right there. I want to be in that place again. I heard today from a wise gal — it’s all about praying and trusting…and that? I do!
Father, we are just a few weeks away from celebrating all that You had, all that You gave. During this time, let it be of great rejoicing, strengthening my faith, and coming back to You. Take me from this dark place right back to Your fullness…the fullness I once had. I will do my best, in all that I have. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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