Celebrate Lent on Palm Sunday

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Complaining

It’s so easy to complain when things aren’t going to suit us. Maybe we have worked hard for a project that see’s success — and then someone else takes the credit. When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, you would think the people would remember God’s deliverance – but they griped about being in slavery, and then shortly after deliverance, they complained about the circumstances.

I have found that when we complement and encourage those around us, that there is less complaining and a more positive focus. A call or a visit with someone in our church will focus on the positive and diminish the complaining.

– Charlie Schnabel

Praise!

Hosanna” (from the Greek) is the cry of praise or adoration shouted in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus on His entry into Jerusalem, Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  It seems that “Hosanna” is a cry for salvation; while at the same time is a declaration of praise.

“Hallelujah” and the Latin form “Alleluia” are translations  meaning “Praise Yah.” It is found primarily in the book of Psalms. The word hallelujah occurring in Psalms is a Hebrew request for a congregation to join in praise. It can be translated as “Praise Yah, you people”, and is usually worded in English contexts as “Praise ye the Lord”.  Yah represents the first two letters of YHWH, the Hebrew personal name for God,  sometimes appearing in English as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”.

In any language, through all time, we must praise our God.

But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke Your followers for saying things like that!”  He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” (Luke 19:39-40).

Something within us longs to worship our creator, even if we didn’t know that He is our Savior as well.  Praise Him today.  Find the words and say them out loud! For He has done marvelous and miraculous things beyond our comprehension and is worthy of our praise!

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