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The Lenten Journey 2015 – The Way of The C.R.O.S.S.

_MG_9897Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving-kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
Psalms 51:1-4 NKJV

King David was a murderer. He committed adultery. He looked the other way when his son abused his daughter. Suffice it to say, King David had his fair share of issues. Yet he was also called “a man after God’s own heart.” How could it be that this far from perfect man could earn such a term of endearment as his title? King David knew the importance of repentance.

David desire, above all things, was to please God. He realized that in his fallible human state this would not be possible. It has been said that to err is human. David understood this well. What he also knew was the other part of the phrase-to forgive is divine. King David was keenly aware that in God’s divine nature, he is inclined to forgive. It is with this understanding that David cried out “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me!” He understood that the mercy of God is greater than the mercy of man. He also knew that above all things-sacrifice, outward expressions of adoration, and burnt offerings, God desired an apologetic heart that was open before Him, ready for change. David knew that in His loving-kindness, God would not turn his back on his chosen one but would deliver and restore him to right standing before Him and mankind.

In life’s journey, our hearts can become unclean and our spirits can become less than right, in spite of our best intentions. It’s all a part of the human plight. However, all is not lost. We are in relationship with a god who gives us a way to regain our right standing, even after we have failed miserably. That way is through the redemptive power gained through salvation, a redemption that begins with repentance. As we enter into this Lenten journey, let us come before God with a heart that is broken and remorseful, desiring change. Change that we are willing to work through because repentance requires action. We must be willing to act upon that which we know we have done wrong by self-correcting and growing from the experience. The beauty of this experience is that if you allow it do so; repentance brings about a closer, more intimate relationship with God.

Let us settle in and embrace this year’s theme- The Sign of the C.R.O.S.S.-Creating Renewal Opportunities to Strengthen your Spirit and Soul. Shall we journey together towards a personal encounter with our Lord and Savior in a season of consecration, scripture reflection and affirmation and rejoice in advance over the divine encounters, exchanges, and wonderful blessings that will be released? These are just a few of the renewal opportunities designed to strengthen our spirit and soul that we speak of in this year’s theme. My humble prayer is that we emerge from our journey strengthened, revived and prepared for more of this Christian experience.

Minister Tracey Bowen Bell
Bethel Apostolic Temple
Miami, FL
Follow me @HopeCoach_TBB


THE LENTEN JOURNEY  2015 – THE WAY OF THE C.R.O.S.S.

CREATING RENEWAL OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR SPIRIT AND SOUL

Can you believe it? It’s been seven seven years of inviting the world to join us for a Lenten Journey!! The season of Lent is the 40-day preparation for Resurrection Sunday April 5, 2015. It is a season of self-denial and self examination through the Spiritual Disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, worship and praise.

Many people give up something such as meat, deserts or another favorite item. Instead of  just trying to give up one of your favorite foods, try giving up procrastination, jealousy, hatred, bad attitudes, pessimism, doubt, fear or the intense hot pursuit of all things secular! Try a media or spending fast!

Our theme this year is The Way of The C.R.O.S.S. Creating Renewal Opportunities to Strengthen your Spirit and Soul.  On this site you will find daily opportunities for participants to pray three times a day, dig deeper into God’s word, join the Daniel Fast and find spiritual encouragement through devotions written by our guest bloggers. Make the commitment today.

Log into this site daily or get it in your email inbox through the free subscription . Invite others to join you. Invite your church, Bible Study group or auxiliary to share and discuss what you’re reading. Share your thoughts and comments in the comment section. Share this site with others through your social network systems.

It’s time. It’s past time that we draw closer to the Lord!

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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