Defeating the Junk That Destroys Us

2nd Look 3.21.16


Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2nd look for this week. This week is very special as it is the week leading up to Easter. So I’m going to depart from typical 2nd look modus operandi and simply invite you to immerse yourself in the Easter story this week. Take some time daily to read the passion story. I have copied over a reading plan for you to use as you progress through the week leading to Jesus’ crucifixion. In a way, you will walk this week with Him. I pray the Lord blesses you and your loved ones.

-Pastor Ryan


Day 1 (Palm Sunday): Read Matthew 21:1-11

(for more reading: Luke 19:29-44 Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-50) 

Day 2: Read Matthew 21:12-20 and John 12:1-14

(for more reading: Mark 11:11-33) 

Day 3: Read Matthew 21:20-27

(for more reading: Matthew 21:28-23:39, Mark 11:20-12:44) 

Day 4: Read Luke 22:1-6 and Mark 14:1-11

(for more reading: Matthew 24-25, Matthew 26:17-30) 

Day 5 (Last Supper): Read John 19:1-16 and Isaiah 54:7

(for more reading: Luke 22:7-52, John 13-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Mark 14:12-72) 

Day 6 (Good Friday): Read Mark 14:53-15:41, Isaiah 53:5-6, and 1 Peter 1:18-21

(for more reading: Luke 22:47-53, Luke 23:39-43, John 19:1-37) 

Day 7: Read John 19:38-42 and Romans 6:22-23

(for more reading: Mark 15:42-47, Matthew 27:57-66) 

Day 8 (The Resurrection): Read Mark 16:1-7 and Matthew 28:1-20

(for more reading: John 20:1-21:31, Acts 1:9)


How to worship God

Hello everyone,
We have pressed our way through the first three commandments. These are really all about how we approach God – what priority does He have in our life – how we are to worship Him and revere Him. One of the big emphases I’ve been trying to make is just how God’s commandments, to them, were truly unique in that day and age. The cultures around them did not worship God and did not worship the way He was calling the Israelites to. The Israelites were to be a light shining in the world – to show people the beauty of knowing the one true God – and that is why it was so important not to misuse His name.

Nowadays – we believe that we, as the Christian church, are God’s people. We are a light unto the world. Last Sunday I highlighted Hebrews 12:1 that says:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”

The question with the ten commandments isn’t how do we make God pleased enough with us to let us into heaven; but rather it is – how do we run the race of life with God and not get ensnared; entangled and hindered? The ten commandments paints a picture of a life set apart with God – a life where we don’t get entangled.

As you proceed through this week – this is a question I’d like to invite you to take before the Lord. God, what is entangling me? Is there a god in my life I have worshipped? Is there an idol in my life, something created that I have come to worship instead of You? Is there something hindering me? My invitation to you is – if there is something; use this opportunity to bring this before the Lord and to help you move beyond this – and then get someone who’s involved at the church – someone you trust – get them involved; so they can pray for you and walk with you through this.

To be honest; this can be an extremely painful thing – it may involve us letting go of some things that feel sacred to us and yet these things have entangled us. The question is – how far are you willing to go to be free?

One last thing . . . I’ve attached (below) the lyrics to, perhaps, my favorite song of all time and a link to this song (click here). Whenever we talk about these issues – it’s important to be reminded of just how much God loves us and that even though we find that we truly are beggars at the foot of God’s door – we have found grace there. I pray these things will be at the forefront of your mind this week. Blessings!

Pastor Ryan

We Are the Beggars at the Foot of God’s Door

We are gathered in cathedrals on a Sunday

We are shrouded in our pride and lust’s despair

We have heard that You said to go to where your hearts once were

Trusting we’d arrive to find You there

We have known the empty senses of a funeral

We are haunted by the promises of death

We have asked to see Your face and noticed nothing

But a well-timed honest smile from a friend

Oh we of little faith

Oh You of stubborn grace

We are the beggars at the foot of God’s door

We have grown cold to the kisses of our lovers

We have rolled the windows up and driven though

the forests of the autumn

The innocence of snow

The metaphor of Jesus in the dew

We have known the heated passion of the cold night

We have sold ourselves to everything we hate

We’re hypocrites and politicians running from a fight

We’ve cheated on a very jealous mate

Oh we of little faith

Oh You of stubborn grace

We are the beggars at the foot of God’s door

 We have known the pain of loving in a dying world
And our lies have made us angry at the truth
But Cinderella’s slipper fits us perfectly
And somehow we’re made royalty with You

Oh we of little faith

Oh You of stubborn grace

We are the beggars at the foot of God’s door


And You welcome us in