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Friday Faith

March 11, 2011

I had the great privilege of preaching our Ash Wednesday service this year.  I thought I would post a small section of my sermon as we all enter into this new season of Lent.

Earlier this week, Leonard Sweet, evangelism professor at Drew University, tweeted about the state of the Lenten season for Christians today.  I have read the tweet over and over again and believe it will stick with me throughout these next 40 days as both a calling and a challenge.  Dr. Sweet writes, “We have made Lent less about denying ourselves than denying something TO ourselves.”  Yes, we are called to fasting, so we choose to give up something, perhaps a vice or an addiction or an unhealthy treat.  But, as Sweet points out, experiencing this season, embracing this season must be more than that.  we must learn what it means to deny ourselves.

Lent is a reminder that we are not in charge, and thank goodness for that.  we serve a greater King, a God who only has the best in mind for us and nothing less.  We must strive to place God above all else, denying our will for the will of God, denying our needs to meet the needs of those God calls us to serve.  as we enter this season, let us do so with hearts and minds turned to God, ready to confess our sins, to embrace our mortality, and to be startled by what God will do.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Martina Bober permalink
    March 15, 2011 8:24 am

    It was wonderful, thought provoking. Thanks!

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