Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lenten Devotional for Tuesday, March 26

SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Jim Denison is in the Tall City this week 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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Tuesday, March 26
Holy Tuesday: Are You Seeking God's Face?

Current federal laws fill more than 23,000 pages. Texas' Constitution has grown from 23,500 words at its adoption in 1876 to nearly 90,000 words today. Which of our laws is the most important?

On Tuesday of Holy Week, Jesus returned to the temple to continue teaching the people. Here a lawyer asked Jesus to identify the most important of their 613 laws. If he named one, they would accuse him of rejecting the others. Jesus responded with the Great Commandments: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). The highest priority in life is loving God, then loving others.

Jesus' opponents were the most religious people in the land. On Holy Tuesday we learn that religion is not enough. Going to church or even preaching sermons and leading congregations is not enough. God wants a personal, intimate relationship with every one of us. He wants to be King of every part of our lives, not just our religious activities.

In our theme Scripture, God calls us to "seek my face." His word tells us to "look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always" (Psalm 105:4). Have you sought his face for awakening today?

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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