The vast part of our culture acknowledges Easter and Christmas, and in so doing, acknowledges the church calendar. But Lent, which means “springtime” is the church season most-often trivialized. But it ought not to be. Observing Lent is an acknowledgement that we are needy and that our ‘hearts desires’ are often bent out of shape and need to be re-conditioned. So just as a baseball player may work at staying in shape year round but still give special attention to conditioning before spring training, so we may find great benefits in setting aside a few weeks to give special attention to the state of our souls before Passion Week. In her latest post, Kristin Lescalleet gives us a few simple ‘exercises’ for Lenten conditioning. Read on…
The start of Lenten Season is upon us once more. We begin this week with our Ash Wednesday service and over the next seven weeks we will journey towards Holy Week. Observing the Church Calendar is relatively new to me personally (8-10 years?). But each year this observance brings deeper love and renewed passion for the richness that it offers.
In her blog entitled Making Friends with the Church Calendar, Kristin Lescalleet (my wife) gives an excellent summary as to why we should all celebrate these liturgical practices.
Note: Just a brief introduction to Arden Whitehurst’s blog post. She is currently a student at Annapolis Christian Academy and a member of City Church. Arden is a clear thinker, solid writer and just a wonderful young Christian with a bright future. She recently published an excellent (brave!) blog on what the world tells us about food compared to what God tells us about food. This post is all the more powerful because of the author’s starting point. She demonstrates that to change one’s habits (in this case eating) requires the greater work of changing one’s thinking. We can’t just turn from the world. We must turn fully to God. When we do we will find that everything is on the table for discussion–and not just the food we sit down to eat. Cheers for this post and a doff of the cap for the shout out at the end. Well done Arden!
Imagine with me that you are in one of my favorite places, a book store. You see shelves upon shelves of books in all directions. Books on health, beauty, art, science, dance, food, you name it they have it! But two special books stand out. One of these books is The World’s Book. The store has thousands of them, yet cannot keep up with the demand for more. Another book the store sells is God’s book. Although this book has fabulous reviews, few people buy it and the store only has a few in stock.
I went to this book store and bought the only obvious choice, The World’s Book. I read this book from cover to cover. I memorized it. I spouted it off to people. I turned a deaf ear to anyone who disagreed with MY book. What did they know, anyway? I believed every word I read…
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