Again and Again – Readings and Resources

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In this season of lent, we will offer prayers of lament as a way to empty ourselves of ourselves: our pride, our sin, our sorrows, our frailty, and our grief. This simple model of lament found in the psalms will be our guide.

  1. We will turn to God with confident praise. We put our trust in God’s character revealed in scripture and God’s faithfulness to us in the past. Our confidence in the goodness of God leads us to trust God with the present and future. This leads us to honestly open ourselves to God.
  2. We will open our hearts to God with honesty. We share ourselves with God freely without fear or shame. We will name all our emotions, fears, complaints, sadness or anger that arise within us. This leads us to empathize with who are suffering by seeking God’s intervention.
  3. We will ask God to intervene. Our hearts break for all that is not right so we lay our requests before God. Boldly we will seek God’s justice, truth, and mercy to come on earth as it is in heaven. This leads us to enter into worship as we trust God in all things and work toward his glory.
  4. We will lift our voices in praise and worship. We will stand in awe, overwhelmed with the greatness of who God is as sovereign and who we are as his beloved children. We will welcome his plans, receive his love, and offer our praises again and again, even before our requests are granted.

On this long journey of lent, we will offer our prayers of lament again and again, creating space for God to pour his love into us, again and again, through his son, Christ Jesus our Lord.

Again and Again Playlist

In Lent, we are reminded, again and again, of our suffering, our sin and our brokenness. We lament and cry out to God. And in Lent, again and again, Jesus’ journey to the cross repeats with grace. And God reaches out and whispers “I love you, I am for you. I am with you in it all and will lead you through it all.” Some of the songs in this playlist cry out to God in our pain and express our need for his healing and mercy. Some take us to the foot of the cross and we sit with Jesus in his pain and suffering. These songs sing of our deep gratitude and praise to the Lamb of God, our Savior. As you listen to these songs and meditate on the messages of love and lament, of hope and mercy, may you be drawn into the welcoming, loving arms of the Lord.

Book Recommendations

Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri J.M. Nouwen
Here and Now, Henri J.M. Nouwen
Life of the Beloved, Henri J.M. Nouwen
More, Greg L. Hawkins
The Gift of Being Yourself, David Benner
Surrender to Love, David Benner
Desiring God’s Will, David Benner
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
Messy Spirituality, Mike Yaconelli
Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman
Open Mind, Open Heart, Thomas Keating
In Search of Guidance, Dallas Willard
Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning
The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible, Howard G Hendricks & William D Hendricks
Draw the Circle: The 40 day prayer challenge, Mark Batterson
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton
Soul Keeping: Caring for The Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg
Living Christ’s Presence, Dallas Willard

Weekly Videos

Ash Wednesday Reflection

Lenten Reflection – WEEK ONE

Series Artwork

Art: The Baptism of the Christ 2

Artist: Dan Bonnell (USA)

Painted in 2005-2006

Website: https://bonnellart.com/20052006-english


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