12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
At that moment Jesus felt power go out from him. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” But Jesus turned to see who had touched him. The woman knew what had happened to her. She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story. Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”
Mark 5:30-34 Common English Version
“Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know.”
Pastor Kim’s message on the first Sunday of Lent retells the story of Elijah and Jezebel in I Kings 19:1-18 Elijah needs to flee from Queen Jezebel, traveling for 40 days and 40 nights, and finds refuge in a cave where he hears a still small voice. Where do you need to find a cave to hear God?
Christians use this time to seek to grow in love and hope as Christ’s disciples. What makes that happen for you? It could be making a commitment to Sunday worship, daily Bible reading and prayer, weekly study group, or service to others.
Take up something that draws you closer to Christ. See our Website Next Steps section for devotional suggestions. Or borrow an NT Wright commentary in Fellowship Hall to read through a book of the New Testament with a few short pages of commentary.
Or give up something that is drawing you away from Christ. Give up worry, fear, hating or judging others, spending too much, nursing rather than dealing with anger, inability to forgive self or others, any addiction – we all have addictions – that keeps you from being your best.
On the Sunday before the start of Lent, Pastor Kim talks about the transfiguration and lists some questions to reflect upon during Lent. You can find the scripture for the transfiguration in Luke 9:28-36
The questions were as follows:
What would the Christian you most respect say to you about whatever is hardest in your life right now?
What do you most need to be freed from?
There are times when instead of living our faith today we pine for a past that is gone. What is Jesus challenging you to take up or not give up on right now?
What would Jesus say to you if you were listening?
What do you most need to take up or to give up to grow closer to Jesus this Lent?
While Pastor Kim was on a spiritual growth and worship planning retreat, Ted Marcy (her spouse) gave the message. The scripture was from Luke 10: 25–28 in which a religious authority asks Jesus a big question that we still ask in different forms today.