Have you heard of “Lent?”  For centuries the church has set aside 40 days to commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness before he was tempted by Satan, (our current study).  While there is no biblical mandate to observe Lent, and it does not grant any special graces, it is a great way to approach our Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.  Traditionally it is celebrated in self-denial – giving something up for 40 days, also known as “fasting.”  It may be food, a certain type of food, or anything else we normally attach to. The main purpose, however, is to spend that time in worship and prayer.  We will have prayer guides this month that divide the scriptures up into daily readings that you can use to follow and reflect on Jesus’ last days. I encourage you to give at least 15 minutes a day to read, worship, and pray in order to reflect more deeply upon the wonderful truths of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus.

Pastor Marty Price

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