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40 Days to Celebrate the Coming King

40 Days to Celebrate the Coming King

Consider taking the 40 Days before Christmas to intentionally focus on the Coming King and on growing deeper in your faith.

I invite you to an online devotional time starting tomorrow and ending on Christmas Eve. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. We will do 1 thing together for the 40 days, seek to bless one needy person or family. It doesn’t need to be a big deal but just begin to look for 1 opportunity to be Jesus in a special way during this Christmas season.

2. Join a group of fellow online disciples in 2 things each week, watch a Monday devotional video right here (It won’t be particularly profound but it will get us on the same page), and sacrifice one thing each week. (It could be fasting a meal, missing a favorite TV show to pray, but each week give up something for the King.)

3. Be consistent for 40 days with 3 daily things, Scripture reading each day ((I’ll make some suggestions at the beginning of the week), prayer each day, morning and evening (I’ll suggest a starting prayer each week), and a daily devotional (I’ll write, or suggest one each day.)

I don’t imagine that I have anything special to offer but I do feel like there is power in a bunch of people committing to do the same thing each day for 40 days to get closer to the Coming King. If you plan to join just respond here or send me an email. Let me know how I can pray for you, what your concerns are, what you want God to do for you in this 40 days.

For this week (starting tomorrow) read Psalm 44 daily.
Monday John 1:43-51
Tuesday Luke 8:22-56
Wednesday Acts 17:1-9
Thursday Luke 19:28-40
Friday I Corinthians 15:1-28
Saturday Matthew 26:1-29
Next Sunday Daniel 7:13-14, Revelation 1:1-8, John 18:33-37

Here’s a suggested morning prayer starter this week:
Almighty God, as You have given Jesus Christ to be Savior and Lord, grant us now grace to accept and rejoice in our salvation and His lordship.

This may all seem strange to you but it’s what I do 🤓🤓🤓. Hope you’ll consider joining us tomorrow morning and everyday for the next 40 days

Stillness

Stillness

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Bread

Bread

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The Calling of Reconciliation

The Calling of Reconciliation

The Calling of Reconciliation Psalm 53, John 1:35-51 On Tuesday Josh and Jennifer were explaining Lent to Jon-Mical and Jakson. They were telling the boys how some people traditionally give something up for the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter to honor the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. Jon-Mical, who… Continue Reading

40 Days of Reconciliation

40 Days of Reconciliation

Good morning! Here we go for 40 Days of Reconciliation during Lent. I am anticipating God working in and around me as I focus intentionally on Him. My challenge is that during Lent, from now to Easter we give something up, take something on, read the scripture daily, and pray daily. (I recommend praying three… Continue Reading

On Going Deep

On Going Deep

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Everyday Easter

Everyday Easter

Yesterday was mowing day on the Courtney estate. Started my little push mower and set out on the familiar loop around the back yard to whack dandelions and daffodils alike. It didn’t matter to me. Whatever is in my path was going down. Mowing is my therapy on bad days and it had been kind… Continue Reading

The Paper

The Paper

I loved breakfast at church camp in Batesburg, SC. We would stand in line outside the canteen, waiting for them to unhook the screen door and let 60 sleepy-eyed, bed-headed, teenagers stumble in to heaps of sausage links, scrambled eggs, and a huge pot of grits slathered with butter. We couldn’t even spell cholesterol in… Continue Reading