Pastor Brock's Daily Devotions and Challenges for the Lenten Season

 

Be sure to follow Pastor Brock's inspirational Daily Devotions and Challenges for the Lenten Season - every day until Easter.

New Devotions will appear every morning beginning March 2nd, 2022.

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Day 47 – Easter

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 “Celebrate the Risen Lord”   Easter arrives. Conflict, violence, and war still exist. Hunger and poverty are still alive and well, and people still treat others poorly. Easter is here but it doesn’t seem like anything is different, especially if we fall back into...

Lent Day 46

Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022 “Spend Time Outside”   Today is Holy Saturday, the day that is remembered as the time Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. It’s a day that is often commemorated with silence and fasting. Our Challenge today, however, is to spend some time outside. Sure, some prayers...

Lent Day 45

Good Friday, April 15, 2022 “Complete Fast (and a Care Package)”   Yep, it’s Good Friday and another fast arrives on our doorstep. Good Friday, the day the Church remembers the passion and death of Jesus Christ, has historically been a day of prayer and reflection. It’s the most difficult...

Lent Day 44

Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 “Pray for the One Who Hurt You”   Maundy Thursday is the day the Church remembers Jesus’ last day of freedom before His passion and death. On this day, many churches will host special services that may include a Seder Meal, Holy Communion, and foot washing....

Lent Day 43

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 “Thirty Minutes of Silence”   Yikes! Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. No entertainment. No communication. No work. This one is gonna be tough for people (like me) who are constantly on the move! However, if there’s a time to sit still, this is it. Lent is traditionally the...

Lent Day 42

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 “Read Luke, Chapters 19-24”   Today’s Challenge is to read Luke’s account of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was appropriately chosen for Holy Week because the Church calendar also corresponds with the reading. Since this is Holy Week in the...

Lent Day 41

Monday, April 11, 2022 “Pray for Church Staff”   As Holy Week begins, many of us are planning Easter meals, shopping for the Easter Bunny, and dying eggs while trying not to stain our clothes. Yes, it’s a busy week for lots of folks. But today, it would be helpful to slow things down for a...

Lent Day 40

Sunday, April 10, 2022 “Attend Worship”   On this 40th day of the Lenten Season, we are Challenged to attend worship. Although the pandemic created chaos for all churches, one of the lessons we learned was that online worship is now a part of our church community. Most churches offer some...

Lent Day 39

Saturday, April 9, 2022 “Go to Bed Early!”   Woohoo! Here’s a Challenge that the “Over-Fifty Club” is really going to appreciate…Go to bed early tonight! Haha! Some who are not yet in the club might take offense to the Challenge today, but we who are card-carrying club members know better....

Lent Day 38

Friday, April 8, 2022 "Complete Fast (Sort of---)"   Today's Lent Challenge is a fast from all food. Since this is the first of two identical Challenges (the second is next week on Good Friday), we are allowed two chances at this one. Hopefully, we can complete each of them. However, if we trip on...

Lent Day 37

Thursday, April 7, 2022 “Be Generous to God, Church, and Others” Generosity can be defined in many ways, and today, we’re allowing each person to decide for themselves what it means to be Generous. Some of us immediately think of financial Generosity, while others of us think of a nicely wrapped...

Lent Day 36

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 “Create-A-Date” with Friends or Family for Later! Why not? I admit this does appear to be an odd Challenge for Lent. This Challenge made the final cut because it directly relates to our weekly theme of making an Investment in ourselves, other people, and our relationship...

Lent Day 35

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 “Listen to Others”   Whose a good listener? A good test is to take a moment to consider the time you spent correcting the grammar mistake in the first sentence. If something like an obvious mistake keeps us from moving on to the rest of the story, then it’s possible...

Lent Day 34

Monday, April 4, 2022 “15 Minutes of Prayer and Meditation”   As we begin another week of uncertainty and unknowns, why not start with prayer and contemplation about whatever we encounter? Do we really need the reminder? We already know that we need to do this, but it somehow escapes us....

Lent Day 33

Sunday, April 3, 2022 “Invest in God, Others, and Self!”   It’s the fifth Sunday in Lent. After today, just one additional Sunday until Easter! Two more weeks and our Lenten commitments will be finished! Woohoo! How are you doing in your Lent sacrifices? If you’ve made it the whole way,...

Lent Day 32

Saturday, April 2, 2022 “Listen 15 Minutes to Church Music”   Since April Fool’s Day has already passed, I don’t need to worry about this Lenten Challenge being a joke. This one is real. As usual, I’m trying to figure out why this Challenge made the final cut. If this is easy for you,...

Lent Day 31

Friday, April 1, 2022 “Healthy Meals; No Snacks!”   Thank goodness: an easy Friday health Challenge during Lent! Following two Fridays that compromised our caffeine consumption, the Challenge today is to eat healthy meals and refrain from in-between snacks. Of course, some folks are required...

Lent Day 30

Thursday, March 31, 2022 “Encourage Someone Today!”   Aha! Another simple Challenge! Today in our Lenten Challenges, we are simply asked to encourage another individual. Our individual of choice can be anyone, even if it’s a simple “Good Job” that we mention to someone at work, a kind “Hello”...

Lent Day 29

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 “Provide Food for Someone in Need”   According to the USDA’s most recent statistics, 38.3 million people in the United States are hungry. Despite assistance from government entities, nonprofit organizations, and individual gifts, the number of hungry people in our...

Lent Day 28

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 “Read a Psalm and Pray 5 Minutes”   Woo-hoo! Today’s Challenge is super easy: We only need to read a Psalm and pray for 5 minutes. I can almost do this one at the stoplight! For easy reference, Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm in the Bible. Or you might decide to choose...

Lent Day 27

Monday, March 28, 2022 “Give money to someone in need”   Well, here it is: The day that we stop for the person holding the cardboard sign on the corner. And yes, you’re right. We don’t know how they’re going to spend the money we give them. They could be lying about their financial need. They...

Lent Day 26

Sunday, March 27, 2022 “Motivated by Love”   How big is Love? Love is the source and center of so many wonderful things. Love brings people together, keeps people together, and makes forgiveness possible. Love generates mercy, gives birth to generosity, and commands respect for all creation....

Lent Day 25

Saturday, March 26, 2022 “15 Minutes of Exercise Today!”   Today’s Challenge is both easy and healthy. Just about everyone can engage in some form of exercise today. We don’t need gyms and high-priced equipment, nor do we need weights and fancy running shoes. The only thing we’re required to...

Lent Day 24

Friday, March 25, 2022 “Drink Only Water Today (all food is okay)!”   Yikes! Another difficult one like last Friday (no Caffeine), but this takes it one more step forward. Before we begin, keep in mind that this fast challenge, like all of our Friday challenges, is a 24-hour challenge. This...

Lent Day 23

Thursday, March 24, 2022 “Reconcile with Someone”   In case you didn’t see this Challenge coming, I apologize for the sucker punch. Every year, this one is included somewhere in Lenten Challenges. It is also the one that makes more people unhappy than any other Challenge, or, at least, until...

Lent Day 22

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 “Read 15 Minutes from the Gospels”   Thus far during our Lenten Challenges, we’ve encountered prayer and Scripture several times. In case anyone is wondering why these two topics have been recurring, I’ve elected to let you in on the secret: It’s easy. That’s right....

Lent Day 21

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 “Pray for Someone New!”   Today, our Lenten Challenge is to pray for someone that has never been the subject of our prayers. This might be a family member or a neighbor we’ve known for a while, or it could possibly be someone that we barely know at all. It can be a...

Lent Day 20

Monday, March 21, 2022 “Complete a Procrastinated Task”   Today’s Challenge might produce a few unhappy grumbles. Procrastinators, who defer their decisions, conversations, and tasks until later, are certain to be irritated. Mondays are bad enough and they don’t need help from delayed...

Lent Day 19

Sunday, March 20, 2022 “Mercy for Everyone!”   Today’s challenge and the theme for this week is Mercy. Mercy is something so common that we take it for granted. What is it? Dictionaries define it in several ways, but essentially, we will define mercy as “compassionate treatment of those in...

Lent Day 18

Saturday, March 19, 2022 “Check in with an old friend or neighbor”   Today’s challenge probably needs some additional instructions. For example, does the term “Old” refer to one’s age or their proximity to me? In this case, we are challenged to check in with a friend or neighbor that we...

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