Tag: Lent

Marking Our Days, Empty Religion & Netflix

I appreciate Lent and the Church calendar. In our chaotic, scattered, unrelenting activity and noise of our days, they invite us to intentionally mark our days in mindful ways that would go unnoticed otherwise or be consumed by busyness. It’s easy for a year to go by without any significant spiritual markers that you can ...

The Land of the Speaking

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent has been equated with the spiritual geography of the wilderness. In fact, Lent was patterned after Jesus’ experience in the wilderness, where Jesus was driven by the Spirit after his baptism in the Jordan River. The 40 days of Lent originate from the 40 ...

The Unfinished Places of our Soul

  Eugene Peterson observed, “You know, if there were one other word that could have been used for most translations of ‘salvation,’ it would have been ‘healing.’ ” Interestingly, most often in the New Testament when the Greek verb “sozo” occurs it is translated “saved.” It not only means being rescued from destruction, but also ...

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Practicing Confession

We are a little over half way through the Lenten season. This is the time of year designated by the church calendar set aside as a time of searching our hearts (Psalm 139) in preparation for celebrating Easter. It’s about not only discovering and confronting the sin that has subtly crept in to our lives ...

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A Prayer for Lent – A Time of Returning to God

A Prayer for Lent "How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to penance, fasting, and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in ...

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A Prayer For Lent

"How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to fasting and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have ...

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The Point of Lent

So I’ve made my decision on what I am “giving up” for Lent.  After several weeks of self examination, I’ve identified (with the Holy Spirit’s help) that thing which has attached itself, unknowingly and without invitation, to my life.  While it may not be a specific sin, it is a pattern that is not congruent ...

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Entering into Lent

This Wednesday is the beginning of the Church’s observance of the Lenten season. I was raised in a home that had no religious underpinnings and in our own church tradition we have not routinely embraced observance of the Church calendar. What I am saying is…observing Lent is new to me. One thing, however, that becomes ...