Friday, February 12, 2016

Devotion 2.13.16

February 13        “Be Filled with the Spirit” 
Remember the old joke? The parishioner greets the pastor at the church door and says, “Pastor, I’ve always enjoyed your sermons but today you went too far. You got personal.” Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and the message at church will be about marriage. It doesn’t get more personal than that! Whether you’re single, married, widowed, or divorced, talk about marriage brings up deep feelings, and no few regrets.  
Our theme this Lent is “CTRL+ALT+DEL: From Regret to Repentance.” Through the Bible the Holy Spirit gives the people of Christ a special insight into marriage. God intends our marriages to be beautiful pictures of how Christ loves His Church. Because of sin, however, this picture can be distorted and, tragically, sometimes even destroyed. How do we recover the picture of love God desires and has designed for our marriages? Paul answers, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).  
“From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.”

CTRL+ALT+DEL: O Holy Spirit, in worship we pray that You will make the Scripture personal to me and to all. Amen.

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