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And Lent Begins

Luke 14:33

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

profileToday is the 1st day of Lent.  According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary – Lent is defined this way – a period of 40 days before Easter during which many Christians do not eat certain foods or do certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ.  The 40 days does not count Sundays.

On Friday I wrote a devotional blog titled – Putting Christ First During Lent.  So here’s the question – Have we decided on something to give up during Lent so that we can remember the suffering of Christ?

Once we’ve decided what to give up – and I suggest it ought to be something we really like or something we would have a hard time giving up – we ought to think of something to give or do for Christ during Lent as well.  So how about some ideas on what to give up and some ideas about what to add or do for Christ during Lent?

Typical things to give up might be a favorite food or drink or even certain chemicals like sugar or caffeine.  Whatever you pick to give up – make it something that will be hard – something you will miss.  We could also give up watching TV or our favorite show(s).  We could give up eating out or some folks give up eating lunch for Lent or even eating at all during daytime hours (a type of fast).  Do you have some ideas?  Luke 14:33 – So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.  We should have nothing we would not gladly give up for Christ!

Here are some ideas about what to add to your day.  Some of the tools we presented in the revival to defeat Satan would be a great thing to add to your day during Lent (and beyond).  Some of the tools were spending time with God first thing in the morning – spending more time in the Word of God – spending more time in prayer – surrounding yourself with Christian sisters and brothers – and listening to Christian music.  If we’re watching less TV – filling that time with more time with God would be a great suggestion.  If we’re fasting from lunch – what about giving your lunch money or the cost of your lunch money to Imagine No Malaria or some other worthy cause (we will collect loose change and lunch money during Lent for Imagine No Malaria at the church).

Of course we should remember the suffering of Christ throughout the year.  His life – death – and resurrection are not isolated to a time in the calendar year – yet we especially remember these and other events in the life of Christ during certain times of the year.  Lent is our walk to the cross with Jesus – a time of remembering His passion – His suffering – His sacrifice.

Tonight at our Ash Wednesday service we will worship – we will hear the Word – we will share in communion and we will make the sign of the cross on the foreheads of those who desire it (or wrists if you desire) with ashes from last year’s palms.  Come and worship God with us or go to your local church and do the same.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – Last night of revival tonight at First United Methodist Church of Laurel.  The service begins at 7 pm.  The church is located at 424 Main Street – Laurel – MD – 20707.  I hope to see some of our readers at the revival!

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March 5, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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