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On the way to the ester weeekend i practiced some songs on the guitar because they invited me to play in the band. Saturday the practice began at 3.30 pm and ended 6pm. We did really well and we had a great time on the stage. I think performing songs is a great way to praise God. Pastor Alan preached about doors and THE door “JESUS”. After that some frinds and me drove to “Taco Mec” adn we all ordered chicken. We could choose how spicy we want our chicken i chose the 6th out of eight. It was the perfect spiciness for me. It was funny so we stayed there untill 2am. Because we had band practice on Sunday morning at eight i slept at Devins house. Although we only slept three and a half hour we did good. We were also part of two baptisms on…
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46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
With what is Jesus asking you to trust into His hands?
With today being Resurrection Day, what connotes “good, new life” to you?
Now that Lent is over, how do you see that your prayer has changed? Fasting? Spiritual awareness?
What does Christ want you to do in this next season of life?
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
What did Jesus mean when He said: “It is finished”?
With Easter one day away, how do you feel about your Lenten season? Will you finish well?
Is there anything which you have started that you did not complete?
How can you work on that?
What task is Christ desirous for you to complete?
As Lent ends tomorrow, what will you walk away thinking was the most memorable?
Was there anything extremely difficult about Lent for you? Anything easier?
What lesson will you take from Lent this year that you feel is the most memorable or life-altering?
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is,“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
How have you felt abandoned? Alone? Desperate?
Where have you turned on those occasions? To whom or what have you looked to for peace, satisfaction, or relief?
Have you ever felt like God has turned His back on you?
Have you ever turned your back on God? Another?
How have you been crying out to God this Lent season? In what ways has God met you in your times of “abandonment”?
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This week was really fun for me. We stayed at the Tuckers in North Carolina. Most of the time i was outside playing with the brothers and their friends. On Friday morning we visited the touristcenter and the main topic was aircraft.
It was nice weather so the birthday of Nathan we celebrated was really cool. His family and friends came and we ate HotDogs and cake. After that we played in the dirt hills until it was 11.00pm. To close the day we watched “Italian job” Nathan had a lot of fun with his friends and enjoyed his birthday party.
On Saturday we went to a baseballgame from CJ and watched his team losing 9:10 because the time limit was reached. It was cool to see the kids playing for the first two innings but then Noah and I played basketball with some other people. I like playing…
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26When Jesus saw his mother and his favorite disciple with her, he said to his mother, “This man is now your son.” 27Then he said to the disciple, “She is now your mother.” From then on, that disciple took her into his own home. John 19:26-27
What does this passage teach us about relationships?
How has Lent helped you in your relationships?
Do you feel that there are any relationships that need to change? Be strengthened?
What are your roles and responsibilities in your current relationships?
As Lent continues, how do you need to focus more time and energy in your relationship with Christ? Family? Friends?Those who need Christ?
40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:40-43
As Lent concludes this week, how has salvation been part of your thoughts? Grace? Mercy? Forgiveness?
How does it make you feel knowing that someone perfect died for you? In your place?
How does the criminal on the cross relate with your story of finding Christ?
What words come to your mind as you reflect on the salvation experience of the criminal?
In practicing Lent, how have you become more aware of your own “criminal heart”? How have you become more aware of Christ’s “compassionate heart”?
33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23:34
What things happen in this passage? Notice things happening on the cross and around it.
How do you picture the scene? Is it black and white? Sepia? Full color?
What stands out to you about Jesus’ prayer for forgiveness?
How does His prayer affect you?
Would you be able to make that kind of prayer? Why or why not?
How can you focus today on the word “forgiveness”?
Is there someone you need to forgive?
Is there someone whom you need to ask forgiveness from?
15When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves,16and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. 17He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Mark 11
Why were the people in the temple?
Why does Jesus become upset?
How do you “cheapen” prayer?
In what way have you made the “temple” into a marketplace?
How can you better use your times of prayer during Lent?
12The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. Mark 11
How does being hungry affect you? Does your attitude change at all?
When Jesus found the fig tree, how do you think he was feeling?
What would you have felt or thought if arriving and finding no fruit?
Do you feel Jesus was harsh in His judgment? Why or why not?
How does this story apply to your life?
Is there an area where people or Christ would expect to see fruit?
How can Lent help with that?