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John 14:23-27

Jesus is the destination

Reality checks 

You will not be the first human in history that trys to skip the God process

Breakdown before breakthrough – there is a process

When you skip the process, you rob yourself

It may seem you might get away with it now, but you will pay for it tomorrow

Proof you are making progress – it will be evident by how much grace you give others while they make progress

Matthew 18:21-35

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Be careful you don’t get caught putting a “process clock” on people that God is not aware of…

Our job is to show up and obey

On the process journey, God may not just be working on them. He might be working on you

Hope is to help somebody

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We must live spirit led so we can SHOW LOVE like nobody else can

Matthew 5:13-16

Be present in the process

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But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalms 5:11-12

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Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

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Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

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Ecce Homo, 1871- Antonio Ciseri

Growing up, this was one of my favorite paintings. It is of Jesus Christ on trial with Pontius Pilate and it is entitled Ecce Homo or Behold the Man. Today is Good Friday and I attended a beautiful tenebrae service (Latin for ‘darkness’). The symbolism of darkness represents Jesus’ death and the hopelessness of this world. We read from Mark 14 and 15 about the hours leading up to the crucifixion. We left in silence to ponder these events and the impact of Christ’s death on us. It was a powerful service and the message was clear:

God showed His love for us in this: Christ died for us

THANKS BE TO GOD

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I feel old. Not old as in feeling like an old man, but older and wiser. I feel I’m entering a new phase of life. I feel calm and at peace. I feel more clear-headed with the decisions I make sure I bathed them in prayer before I make them. I have lived a life full of quick and rash decisions. I’ve made a lot of blunders as a result of it. But I’m pretty careful with who I surround myself with and who I let influence me. I guess they say you get better with age – like wine. Haha. But I am taking all the experiences I have encountered and learning how to life a full life from them. I don’t need praise or attention anymore. I have great mentors and people I can mentor. I have good community and I have a Lord and Savior who I look to for my worth.

It’s been an emotional weekend. After leadership training, I broke down in front of a large cross and just gave the moment to God. My friend Ansley walked by and hung out with me. It was good because I needed to get out what I was feeling. God is working in my life. He has been putting back the pieces for some time and has laid out a path for me. It’s good to be in His will and actually know it is the right thing to do. Life makes more sense and is way less stressful as a result of it. My grandmother is dying and I am very close to her. But I’m celebrating her not grieving because I know she loves Jesus and will soon be with Him. God has put wonderful people in my life to do life with. I didn’t seek them out, He gave them to me. I feel very blessed. My tears are of tears of joy because I am a child of God.

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 Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. 

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photo by Travis Chavez

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’” – Matthew 3

Lent is always a special time for me. I’ve done the coffee fasts, etc and always felt good about what I had accomplished during those times. But for some reason, this year I seem to be a little more in tune with the upcoming 46 days to Easter and what it is all about. I went to a beautiful service at Mission Community church tonight. Pastor Ed Gungor spoke a message from the above passage that helped explain was lent was all about while David Gungor led in worship with some beautiful songs of cleansing. Repentance is a key part of lent as we confess our sins to the Father. It gets us back on the path to God. Giving up something for lent is about moving aside the things we hold onto so we can make room for God. The ashes represent our human mortality and that we won’t live on this earth forever but that we will spend eternity in heaven. As Christians, we shouldn’t fear death. I was thinking about my Grandma who has been ill. She is such a Godly woman and yet despite her condition, she is ready to meet our Lord and Savior. She doesn’t fear death and is very thankful for her time here on earth. As I took my ashes, I heard the words of this verse in my head:

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.
Genesis 3:19
Symbolism has always been a way for me to remember Jesus. It’s easy to get caught up with the legalistic/religious part of it if we are not careful. I didn’t quite understand the groups of people taking pictures with their ashes after service. But I guess when you have an Ash Wednesday service at a protestant church, it’s easy to get a little excited. Seeing the cross on my head and knowing my time isn’t long here puts things in perspective for me. Just as Advent was the time of anticipating our Lord and Savior, this time of lent will be a time for me to reflect on how Christ died on the cross for us.

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