Repentance???

Last Wednesday most people were celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone. However, this was not the only celebration taking place this year on that day. February 14 was also the beginning of the Church season of Lent. It is marked with the service of Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not counting Sunday’s) where we recognize the significance of the Cross and the death of Jesus Christ in our lives. Usually during this season Christians all over the world fast, pray, read scripture, and repent. It is also a season of reconciliation as we invite people who have fallen away from the Church to return and be reconciled. I always find it interesting that more Christians do not celebrate this season. Continue reading

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Death & Love: Ash Wednesday…

Something unusual is happening this year that I have never experienced, or at least can’t remember. This year Lent begins on Valentine’s Day and Easter is on April Fool’s Day. Of course for me these holidays are not all that important, however I find it interesting that Ash Wednesday, the day we are to focus on our own mortality is also going to be the day we celebrate love. Maybe there is something to this. Continue reading

Dry and Thirsty, Love and Lent…

As I sit here in my house, I am taking great pleasure in listening to the rain fall on the ground. Why I am taking so much pleasure is because in the western panhandle of Oklahoma, like most of the central and south west, we are in a serious drought. Less than a month ago Oklahoma and Kansas were plagued with grass fires because of the drought. Many farmers lost crops and ranchers lost parts of their herds. So to see and hear the rain fall I take much delight. I believe that drought is one of the hardest times in our lives. Not just physical drought, but more importantly spiritual drought. Continue reading

Good Blog from Dr. Watson…

Have you ever noticed that Paul rarely talks about Satan? Jesus, particularly in the Synoptic Gospels, engages Satan directly or indirectly quite often. Paul does not. The role that many Christians assign to Satan, Paul seems to assign to Sin. To be clear, he isn’t so interested in particular sins (though he does address these […]

via Sin, Depravity, Calvin and Wesley: Trying to Make Sense of This Stuff — David F. Watson

Lent 2…

“Don’t be a hypocrite,” is a statement that we use and hear a lot in our culture. It is also a word that Jesus uses a lot in His sermon on the mount found in Matthew 5-7. Hypocrite is the Greek word for actor. In a simplistic understanding a hypocrite is someone who pretends. This happens a lot in our Church as a whole. People claim to be a follower of Christ, but their actions speak very differently. It seems that a lot of people put on a very good show, especially on Sunday’s, but for the most part of their lives that is not who they really are. A few verses from Matthew will bring out my point. “And when you fast. Don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They distort their faces so people will know they are fasting. I assure you that they have3 their reward. When you fast, brush your hair and wash your face. Then you won’t look like you are fasting to people, but only to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6) Continue reading

Lent…

Lent is the seven weeks leading up to Easter. It is a solemn season where we travel toward Jerusalem and the cross with Jesus. It is during this time that our prayers and thinking shift. Starting on Ash Wednesday (March 1) we begin to contemplate the meaning of the cross. The cross in its time was a device of torture. It was designed to make a human suffer for as long as possible till the human hung on it died. During Lent, we contemplate our own mortality. From the dust of the earth we were created and when we die we will return to the dust. This is not to say that we our hopeless. The cross also gives us tremendous hope. The cross was also the instrument that God used to save us. Christ died to set us free from bondage of sin. Up until the cross, sin was the ruler of our hearts. Now that Christ died and rose again sin is no longer the slave master. Continue reading