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Lenten Challenge

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(Author’s note: This post is written by guest author Anthony Hessler, who has written a handful of other articles for this blog.)

During the 40 days of Lent, it’s popular among Christians to give something up. This can remind us of Jesus fasting in the desert and of His ultimate sacrifice for us, and it can be a form of self-discipline as we turn away from things that may normally distract us from our focus on God. Depending on the person and/or their particular denomination, it’s common to give up things like consuming certain foods (e.g. meat, fish, sweets, alcohol) or limiting our interaction with technology (e.g. no TV or social media). This is all well and good, but this year, I had a “radical” thought…

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It’s About More Than Jesus’ Death

It’s that time of the year again.  This week we transition from the happy and joyful seasons of Christmas and Epiphany into the long, somber season of Lent.  There are no more alleluias for 6 weeks.  The hymns are more haunting, both in the words and in the music itself.  We have midweek services that are reflective.  Our focus is on the cross at the end, on Good Friday, where it all culminates.  You will be reminded again and again that Jesus died for you.  This is quite true, but I have news for you.  That’s not all.  Yes, Jesus died for you, but He also lived for you.

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