Preparing for Lent in 2018

The 2018 season of Lent is almost upon us.

As a family of Alliance Churches in Canada, we encourage you to continue to seek after God’s heart for justice and compassion.

This Lenten season, we invite you to choose one of the three existing devotional journeys which have been posted on this website. Please note: for 2018 there will not be a new devotional available as an auto-email to your inbox.

You can either download PDF versions of the existing 40 Day Booklets, (Editions 1, 2, or 3), order print copies, or come back to the website to reflect on devotionals contained within those three existing devotionals.

May God bless you richly as you focus on a renewed relationship with Him and enter into Lent with a spirit of anticipation, a posture of humility, and a heart filled with compassion.

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A Devotional Journey into God’s Heart for Justice and Compassion

A Message from Dave Hearn

God only speaks truth. He says what he means and he means what he says.
He also has an unfathomably enormous heart of compassion, especially for his precious creation that is hurting—men and women, boys and girls who are suffering from injustice.

Our Father’s heart emanates with the purest form of justice and compassion.
God’s Word abounds with descriptions of what he defines compassion and justice to be. He lays out his perfect plan to eradicate injustice. He narrates stories of how to selflessly give compassion to another. And his design for justice and compassion just so happens to involve you and me.

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another’”
(Zechariah 7:9)

“But,” you say, “there’s too much pain, too much injustice. Where do I begin?” Be devastated with God about the atrocities that sin inflicts on our world each day. But be hopeful that our Saviour is not standing idly by as people suffer from poverty, exploitation, hunger, abuse, and fear.

“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy” (Psalm 140 :12).

Friends, we need to look to God’s Word.
This devotional journey will help guide you into God’s heart for justice and compassion. Our thoughts must be enraptured with the theology behind justice and compassion. Our attitudes must be captivated with our Father’s colossal and intimate love for his creation, so that justice and compassion become our natural response. Justice and compassion are not just words; they require action—relentless, joyful, rewarding, holy action.

Allow your heart to break a little, and then be renewed. Let the next 40 days revolutionize your thoughts, attitudes, and actions toward justice and compassion.

Dave Hearn
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada