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Spy Wednesday. The foreboding name assigned historically implies the dark deeds of the day.

Yesterday I began two-part series on the events of the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. I presented a ridiculously cliffed-noted version of what happened  (yes, you would fail the test if you read only that :-) – read this book if you want to get a 105!)…

The story of Wednesday is probably more familiar to us. There are two significant events:

1. A woman anoints Jesus at Bethany: Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:3-6: This story is the one lots of us confuse with Luke 7:37-50, because they both have a Simon, and they both feature a woman anointing Jesus.… Read the rest

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It’s Holy Week. As I thought about this blog, I realized I know a lot about “Palm Sunday,”  “Maundy Thursday,” “Good Friday,” “Silent Saturday” (or “Easter Eve”), and “Resurrection Sunday.” These are the biggies, (they even have names), and preachers, teachers, and bloggers tend to focus on them.

But what about Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday — what happened on those days? I often forget. So I did a bit of research. I considered what Jesus did, and I thought about what we learn about the gospel, the story of God’s grace, through them.… Read the rest

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“‘Before,’ she said, ‘I would run right to my prayer list and the more I went through all the problems and needs the more anxious and burdened I would get. Now I’ve started spending time thinking about how good and wise he is, and how many prayers he’s answered of mine in the past. And when I get to my own needs — now I find I can put them in his hands and I feel the burden coming off me rather than on me.'” from Tim Keller’s Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Read the rest

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On March 22, 2015, Kara Tippetts’ dying ended; she now lives forever with Jesus.

The 38-year-old wife of a church planter and mother of four, a vivacious and truly gracious woman by all accounts, Kara Tippetts was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2012.

She and her husband Jason chose to live their story of grace in front of a watching world. On her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, and in her compelling book, The Hardest Peace, Kara wrote out her wrestling, beckoning us to join her in the journey.… Read the rest

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I don’t know when Christian meditation became intimidating to me, something seemingly so high-minded only a monk with super-spiritual credentials could do. As a young Christian, I learned verses like…

Ps. 1:2: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night…”

and

Ps. 104:34: “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.”

I was taught that meditation was simply slowing down and thinking about God, particularly by dwelling on Scripture.… Read the rest

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