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<< Thursday, March 12, 2009 >>
Jeremiah 17:5-10
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Psalm 1 Luke 16:19-31
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"More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy." —Jeremiah 17:9

The human heart is so tortuous, twisted, and deceitful it's beyond remedy. It cannot be understood, except by God (Jer 17:10). The human heart can become so hard that we don't even notice a starving person right in front of us (see Lk 16:20ff) and wouldn't be affected even by someone coming to us from the dead (Lk 16:31). What does it take for God to change the human heart? Jesus implied that listening to Moses and the prophets — that is, the Bible — has more power to change our hearts than an encounter with someone risen from the dead (Lk 16:31).

You are reading this because you want to get deeper into God's word. This Lent, "devote yourself to the reading of Scripture" as never before (1 Tm 4:13). Fast and read God's word. Pray and read. Read and pray. Read and share. "Search the Scriptures" (Jn 5:39). Let God's word enlarge you (Acts 20:32). Bathe yourself in God's word (Eph 5:26). Let the word clean you (Jn 15:3). Let it penetrate, divide, and judge you (Heb 4:12).

As you get deeper into the word during these forty days of Lent, you will devour the word as it becomes the joy and happiness of your heart (Jer 15:16). Then your heart will change. It will become true, pure, warm, and open.

Prayer: Father, make my heart burn with Your word (Lk 24:32) and cleanse me.
Promise: "Happy is the man who...delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on His law day and night." —Ps 1:1, 2
Praise: In making the effort to read God's word daily, Michael began to see his hunger grow for the things of God.
(Devour the Bible by teaching the Bible. Order our tapes on the Bible Teachers Series. Our six-tape audio series starts with AV 117-1. Our three-part video series starts with V-117.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 11, 2008.
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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