March Pastor's Pen
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” ~ Jesus
Lent is the forty days of reflection and repentance between Ash Wednesday, February 26th, and Palm Sunday, April 5. Different traditions observe this season different ways. Most people reflect upon Jesus’ teaching, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself/herself and follow me.” In an effort to deny themselves, they give up something for the 40 days such as sweets, television, or some habit they’ve been wanting to break.
Giving up something can be a good discipline. There are a few things the Bible tells us we should never give up. Prayer. Jesus told his disciples they should always pray and never give up. They should be persistent, expectant and stubbornly hopeful.
Meeting together. The author of Hebrews tells the church never to give up the practice of meeting together to encourage one another in the faith. Doing good for other people. Paul told his congregation not to become weary in doing good for at the proper time, they will reap a harvest if they don’t give up.
I hope you will plan to join your brothers and sisters every Sunday as we meet together for worship during the season of Lent.
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