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Repentance brings new life

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How are you doing as we begin our second week of Lent? Has God led you to set anything aside in order to more fully focus on Him? I saw one friend online talking about how hard it was to give up what she was giving up. I encouraged her to “don’t think about it so much in terms of what you’re giving up. Think about it as wanting Jesus more than whatever you’re temporarily giving up!” I hope that is helpful for you too! Keep at it. And if you haven’t decided to fast something between now and Good Friday, it’s […]

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What do you really want?

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Today is “Ash Wednesday.” The day when Christians for centuries have started the season known as “Lent.” During this season, as Christians we seek to deny ourselves in one or more areas in order to seek God and hear from Him clearly between now and Easter. I think many of us as Protestants have neglected this valuable spiritual discipline down through the years. We’ve just said, “That’s something the Catholics do, but we’re free from that.” And I think that because we haven’t taken fasting seriously, we’ve missed many opportunities to become more like Christ.  “What is God calling you […]

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Giving up in order to gain

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Today is “Ash Wednesday.” The day when Christians for centuries have started the season known as “Lent.” During this season, as Christians we seek to deny ourselves in one or more areas in order to seek God and hear from Him clearly between now and Easter. I think many of us as Protestants have neglected this valuable spiritual discipline down through the years. We’ve just said, “That’s something the Catholics do, but we’re free from that.” And I think that because we haven’t taken fasting seriously, we’ve missed many opportunities to become more like Christ.  During the “State of the […]