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Journey Through Lent
During the weeks leading up to Easter, we’ll explore passages of Scripture that remind us of why Jesus came, what his ministry was about, and why he died on the Cross.
Lenten Reading Plans:
If you would like to read your Bible daily and journey with others in the Beale family towards Easter, click this link for Lectionary based readings: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=B
Also, feel free to download the Beale Daily Lenten Bible Reading Plan, adapted from the American Bible Society.Lenten Daily Reading Plan
This article about Lent originally appeared on CrossWalk.com and was authored by CrossWalk contributing author, Sarah Phillips.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2
What is Lent – A Time Set Aside
Just as we set aside time to spiritually prepare for Christmas Day, it makes sense to set aside time to prepare for the two most important days of the Christian year. Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with the human condition we may spend the rest of the year running from and it brings our need for a Savior to the forefront. Like Advent, Lent is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper, so that when Good Friday and eventually Easter comes, it is not just another day at church but an opportunity to receive the overflowing of graces God has to offer.
But unlike the childlike joy associated with the season of Advent, with it’s eager anticipation of the precious baby Jesus, Lent is an intensely penitential time as we examine our sinful natures and return to the God we have, through our own rebelliousness, hurt time and again. Lent is also an opportunity to contemplate what our Lord really did for us on the Cross – and it wasn’t pretty. But ultimately, the purpose of Lent does not stop at sadness and despair – it points us to the hope of the Resurrection and the day when every tear will be dried (Rev. 21:3).
And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:33-49
Although the nature of suffering is not one that offers itself to easy explanations or pat answers, the answers we seek seem to make the most sense in light of the Cross. There is nothing in the world – no religion, philosophy, or material comfort – that offers such a powerful answer to life’s toughest questions as the two slabs of wood on which our Savior died. Although I was drawn to Christianity in search of joy, it’s the Cross that keeps me coming back day after day, year after year. It is this time of year, known as Lent, that I am reminded of what Jesus did for me.
When I look into the eyes of our suffering God, I’m in aw…
All Sunday activities are canceled.
Side roads throughout town and the surrounding areas remain hazardous, and the parking lot and sidewalks at church have slick ice and snow drifts. The lot was cleared once, but winds continue to accumulate snow at the parking lot entrance and near the main entrances at church.
Worship On Radio
At 11:00 AM, we hope you’ll tune in for a special live broadcast on local radio, 88.9FM, or listen to our live-stream online. Click here for a direct link to online streaming – just click the “Live Stream” icon on our home page: https://www.bealembc.org/
One of the challenges with weather cancellation is that we miss a week of offerings. Thankfully, we can give to support the ministries of Beale even if we aren’t physically in the building. Below is information about how you can give anytime you’re away from your church family on Sunday.
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Now text any dollar amount $10 and above to 804-312-5262. The first time you text a dollar amount you’ll be asked for payment information. You can give with debit/credit, or via e-check. All gifts via text are recorded for your annual giving statement, and are tax deductible. Watch a brief tutorial bellow!
Beale Responds to Charlottesville
On Sunday, pastor Jonathan Davis called on Beale Memorial Baptist to resist the hatred on display in our culture by living lives of love, and building relationships across lines that often divide our culture. This year, Beale celebrates 45 years on local radio, and everyone present for worship was invited to consider what message they are broadcasting to the world, and what message the church is called to broadcast to the world.
Music in both services yesterday focused on God’s Kingdom, the call of the church to serve as witnesses to God’s love, and asking God to heal our land. Beale held a special time of prayer for the victims of Saturday’s terrorist attack, for fellow believers in Charlottesville (and their pastors) trying to worship after a weekend of turmoil, asking God to heal our broken culture and bind up our deep wounds.
The Gospel of Christ calls us to lay aside all forms of hatred and malice towards others. There is absolutely no place for toxic ideologies like Nazism, white nationalism, racial superiority, or anarchism in the church. In speaking out against the ideologies on display in Charlottesville this past weekend, pastor Jonathan joins other area pastors (and countless pastors around the nation) in denouncing bigotry in all its forms.
Before followers of Jesus were called “Christians,” they were simply known as “the Way.” the activities and vile hatred on display in Charlottesville this past weekend is anything but the Way of Christ.
Pastor Davis reminded Beale on Sunday that “The Way of Christ is the Way of self-giving love. The Way of Repentance. The Way of loving our enemies and praying for them. The Way of Peace. The Way of embracing allegiance to God’s kingdom and laying down our pride, and our idols.”
Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9 (NRSV)
This is a Gospel issue. If we have darkness and hatred in our hearts, we are not in Christ. Racism (past or present) is not something to joke about, make light of, or profit off of. It demands forceful rejection by leaders in every area of church life, and of leaders at all levels of government – local, state, and national.
Many have asked for a transcript of yesterdays message, and so below is a detailed outline of the sermon, including all the Scriptures referenced in worship.Acts 19, Broadcasting the Message