Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lenten Devotional for Sunday, March 24

SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Jim Denison will be in the Tall City for AWAKE 7:14, March 24-27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Midland Center
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Dr. Jim Denison's 2013 collection of Lenten devotionals is entitled, "If My People..." and comes at a time that he believes "a Fifth Great Awakening is sweeping the nations, as more people are coming to Christ than ever before in Christian history. How can you join this great movement of God's Spirit?" He goes on to write, "in this year's Lenten devotional guide, we will walk each day with King Solomon as he leads his nation into God's presence and glory. We will commit ourselves to our Father's purpose and experience his transforming power. And we will claim his promise: 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14). 'If My People ...' is more than a Lenten guide - it is God's invitation to intimacy with him. Please join us on this joyous journey."

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Sunday, March 24
Palm Sunday: Is Jesus your King?

On the first Palm Sunday, more than two million people crowded into the Holy City, many of them with special excitement. The question on everyone's lips was, "Will Jesus come?" If we could combine the excitement of a presidential election with the anticipation of Christmas Day, we'd have something of the electricity in the air that day.

The crowds lined the narrow streets of Jerusalem like a parade and threw their cloaks on the road. They cut palm branches and spread them out before him as a king. They shouted at the top of their lungs, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" But on Good Friday, their cheers would turn to taunts, their worship to cries of "Crucify him!"

Meanwhile, the authorities were outraged. He was a threat to their power and position. They were in charge of Jerusalem and the nation, and they didn't want to share their power with anyone, least of all a country rabbi from Galilee.

On this Palm Sunday, where are you in the story? Is Jesus your Lord even when he's unpopular? Is he your Lord even when he threatens your plans? Is he your Lord even when he doesn't do as you wish? Our theme Scripture calls us to "humble ourselves." Would you humble yourself before Jesus, crowning him King over every part of your life? Is Jesus your Sunday hobby, or is he your Monday King?

Prior to founding the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, James C. Denison, Ph.D., was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is also the the author of seven books.

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