Palm Sunday

The Road Less Travelled

Today happens to be Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

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A Prayer for Palm Sunday

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My friend Gerald Mershimer, Professor of Preaching at Ohio Christian University, wrote this earlier today, its fresh off the press. Thank you Gerald!

“Save Us, Lord, from Shallow Praise (A Palm Sunday Prayer)”


Save us, Lord, from shallow praise,

      That loves you only when it pays,

Conforms You to OUR means and ways,

Save us, Lord, from shallow praise.


Give us, Lord, a praise that’s true,

        That burns with holy love for You,

That dies to self and lives for YOU, 

        That takes our cross and sees it through.


Give us grace to bless your name,

         In our loss and in our shame,

Grace to bless you when we cry,

        Grace to trust when loved ones die,

Grace, when you won’t answer “Why?”,


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Being more satisfied in God than in prosperity or the praise of man makes you willing to be persecuted for the sake of Christ. So it was said of the early Christians, “You joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one” (Hebrews 10:34). That is what joy in God (not earthly security) produces. Therefore praying for such liberating joy in God is one of the most worshipful and loving things a person can do. And it is very dangerous.

Praying for joy is not the emotional pampering of a joyless people. It is preparation for sacrifice. What’s at stake in the fight for joy is the radiance of love flowing from the joy of blood-bought, soul-satisfies, Christ-exalting people. When Paul said to the Corinthians, “We work with you for your joy” (2 Corinthians 1:24), he was not…

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Simple, By the Grace of God I Am What I Am


The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, “Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.” But to say that before God means, “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is…

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