FOCUS… it is Ash Wednesday

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14) “The Cross is the great revealer, exposing the temporary stuff of earth and directing our hearts and minds toward the everlasting substance of eternity.” — JayContinue reading “FOCUS… it is Ash Wednesday”

Prayers for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord,Continue reading “Prayers for Ash Wednesday”

Beginning the journey of Lent

 Seek the Lord and live,         or else God might rush like a fire against the house of Joseph.         The fire will burn up Bethel, with no one to put it out. (Amos 5:6) We begin with Ash Wednesday. It is a time to seek the Lord. Amos was written to a nation in prosperity, butContinue reading “Beginning the journey of Lent”

Why Lent?

As a Pentecostal, I am encouraged by hearing about more and more Pentecostals/Charismatics who actually observe Lent in some way. I also understand there are vast numbers who still don’t observe. More problematic to me, however, are those who almost laugh off Lent and especially Good Friday. They claim some superiority of spirituality by sayingContinue reading “Why Lent?”

Preparing Our Hearts for Lent

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Our church will remember this event for the first time. It’s my first time overseeing this type of service. It is time for Lent. It is time for preparing our hearts and lives. 23 Examine me, God! Look at my heart! Put me to the test! Know my anxious thoughts! 24 Look toContinue reading “Preparing Our Hearts for Lent”

Ash Wednesday

1 Listen to my prayer, LORD!   Because of your faithfulness,   hear my requests for mercy!   Because of your righteousness,   answer me!2 Please don’t bring your servantto judgment,   because no living thing is righteous before you. 3 The enemy is chasing me,   crushing my life in the dirt,      forcing me to live in the dark         likeContinue reading “Ash Wednesday”