Patient endurance permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord and our faith in His timing when we are being tossed about by the surf of circumstances. Even when a seeming undertow grasps us, somehow, in the tumbling, we are being carried forward, though battered and bruised. – Neal A. Maxwell
Our Father – Hillsong Worship
1 Tim. 6:11
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Tauren Wells – When We Pray (Official Music Video)
Father, you know every decision we need to make and all the challenges we face. Forgive us for trying to figure life out on our own. Give us strength, wisdom and direction to walk in the path you have given us. Amen.
The Afters – Well Done (Official Lyric Video)
Today’s Passage: John 11:38-44; 12:1-8
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Scents of Life and Death – The Fifth Sunday in Lent by F. Scott Spencer, New Testament scholar.
“Can you smell that?” asks Scott Spencer’s wife. “No dear,” he replies, not to fret her, but because he genuinely doesn’t smell it. Spencer, author and New Testament scholar, says of today’s passage, John 11:38-44; 12:1-8, “It features co-mingled scents of life and death, powerful odors, from the most pleasant to the most putrid.” By the end of the passage, “The spring-like fragrance of fresh life deodorizes the whole scene.” But, in the four days between Lazarus’ death and being raised from the dead, Mary and Martha say to Jesus, “If only you had been here.” Have you ever uttered that phrase?…”If only…?” Spencer offers an alternative way to think. Listen as he prods us to consider the “what now…” of Lazarus’ resurrection and the “what now…” in our lives.