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Thursday, March 12, 2009

This past Monday was the first on our Lenten Series called Radical Renovation. We learned that Just as a house can be rebuilt after it has fallen into disrepair or devastation, so God can enter into our brokenness and completely rebuild our lives so that we can become the kind of people in whom the Living Christ can become a tangible reality in this world.

What a wonderful thought. We can never become so rundown that God cannot renovate or rebuild us.

We talked about DISCIPLESHIP and SERVANTHOOD Monday evening. One of the Scriptures we read was Philippians 2: 5-8.

Our pastor suggested that we might not think so much about what we will give up for Lent as much as think about what we can do extra for Lent. He has asked us to Take Up The some community service, or study the Bible more, or go that extra mile to help someone.

We talked about Mark 8: 27-38 This is where Jesus is asking his disciples , Who do they say he is, meaning other people, not the disciples. Then Jesus asked Peter, "Who do YOU say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ."

Jesus talked about what he, as the Son of Man would be going though. The disciples didn't get it. They just didn't understand Things of God vs. Thing of Men.

Radical Renovation represents change. Change in behavior or attitude. In other words, we can be changed to have an Attitude of Gratitude. We are not to let our possessions possess us. We can ask God to change that part of us.

We don't have the right to brag about being a Christian. It is our responsibility to teach others about God. Sometimes we get so caught up in our cultures that they become our religion.

We, just like a renovation, always seem to get into more than we bargained for. We want God to change us, but we want to hold on to it all. We need to give thing up and Let God take over.

Many times we want Christianity so we can be "religious" which has nothing to do with being a Christian. We want Christianity to be easy and convenient for us...Don't let it interfere with our own lifestyle. We don't want to give up our old ways and become new. We are too comfortable with the old building or the old behaviors.

A new way of looking at the word GREATNESS


The world's definition of Greatness is... "We are here to be served."
A Christian's definition of Greatness is... "We are here to serve."

We learned that there are three points of contact on the cross. They are The hands, the back and the feet.

Let's ask ourselves the question, "Am I here to be served or am I here to serve?

HE = Hope and Encouragement

Another Scripture to read is 2 Timothy 4:3

Discipleship...Following Jesus

Servanthood...Wanting to serve others rather than being served.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your love for us and wanting to make us new and renovate us from the inside out. Let us look for ways to go the extra mile this Lenten Season and see how we can better serve others. In your precious name I pray, Amen
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    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. it's a message that needs to be shared and applied to our lives as we undergo 'renovation' - as we allow Christ to make us into new creations to be used for His service. May we all remember our purpose, as was so aptly shared in this study. Again, thank you and keep bringing them to us!
    3292 days ago

    wonderful lesson ~ thank you for sharing :)
    3295 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I loved the acronym for greatness!
    3296 days ago
    I've always believed the Lord creates out of chaos from the creation story. Amazing!
    3296 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    wow, the renovation stuff really hit home with me today...for some reason I am gaining weight like crazy it has to be water weight, but still it is disheartning...and then I keep reading all these articles about not being able to breathe with a big belly because of the pressure it causes and I truly believe that is my biggest problem , man do I need a renovation bad... thanks for sharing Elayne
    3296 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your Lenten Series with us.
    3296 days ago
    Amen! Thank you for the words to help strengthen us and showing us Gods bountiful love.
    You are an Angel.
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    3296 days ago
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