“What Are Your Plans for Lent this Year?”

I hope you have been enjoying the teaching series on the life of Jesus as much as I have been enjoying the study.  As his disciples, we have an important message to share:  “Repent and believe the good news!”

We are going to take a pause in this series for a few weeks and will return to it after we celebrate Easter Sunday.

Ash Wednesday is on March 1st.  We are going to spend the next seven Sundays studying a series designed to help prepare us for Easter.  The series is called, “A Love That Never Dies” and is based on Jeremiah 31:3 — “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.  The purpose of Lent is to help us commemorate the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, after which he endured temptation by Satan, and prior to his public ministry. (Matthew 4:1-11)

In some traditions, it is a time to commit to fasting or to give up certain types of luxuries (chocolate, ice cream, etc.) as a form of penance (an outward expression of repenting for the things we have done wrong).  The stations of the cross are also observed in some traditions as a devotional commemoration of Jesus carrying the cross.

Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline such as reading a daily devotion, spending more time in prayer, or other disciplines that are designed to draw us closer to God.

Devotional Prayer Journals based on this theme were distributed in the church on February 26th.  Please pick up your copy soon if you didn’t get one.  This is just one tool that is available to you to help you discover the depth of Jesus’ love.

If there is anything Satan loves about Christians, I think it is our apathy, our lack of urgency, and our busyness.  I’m sure there are other things I could add to this list, and many of us would be guilty of at least one of them.  These are the things that keep us from fulfilling our purpose.  These are the things that keep us from spending time with our Creator.  These are the things that keep us from falling in love with our Savior.

What are your plans for Lent this year?

Blessings!  Pastor Stef

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