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April 8, 2020 Lectionary Reading for Wednesday of Holy Week - Pastor Scott Thornton

Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 70 • Hebrews 12:1-3 • John 13:21-32

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. [2] Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Shortly after becoming a Christian in 1976 I bought a book by Tim LaHaye entitled, “How To Study The Bible For Yourself”. In that book he provided a simple way to reflect upon scripture which I have used for years. As you read a passage of scripture you write down something that stands out to you as a special message. You look for a promise that you can hold for the day. You see if there is a command that God would have you obey and you look for a principle found in God’s Word that is timeless. After you have done that, look at those four things that you wrote down and reflected on and write down how you might be able to apply at least one of those to your life. As James says in James 1:22 (NIV), “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Below I have put down some thoughts on the Hebrew passage that comes from today’s lectionary reading. You can find these passages at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=A. I encourage you to try using these tools yourself the next time you are having your devotions and reading scripture. Keep it simple and allow God’s Word to shape your life, thoughts and actions.

Special Message:

● Consider what Jesus went through so I don’t get tired and stop trying.

Promise for Today:

● Jesus is the author and perfecter of my faith.

Command to Follow:

● Get rid of anything that might hinder me from living the life that God has for me and sin that so easily ties me up.

● Run the race that God has for me.

Timeless Principle:

● Fix my eyes on Jesus.

How Does This Apply To Me:

● Especially this week leading up to Easter, when tough times come my way, remember everything that Jesus went through so that I won’t become discouraged and ever give up.


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