Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday, February 14, marked the beginning of Lent. A season marked in the Christian Church by 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Easter.

Repentance, fasting, and prayer during the season of Lent help to prepare us for Easter. And the 40 days also represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, as well as his time of response to temptation and preparation for his public ministry.

Today, Christians often participate in Lenten Bible studies, book studies, silent retreats, personal sacrifice (choosing to give up something) or daily prayer and devotional emphasis. You may take this time to focus on doing one specific thing to bless others and glorify God.

As we enter into this season, I pray that we will find time to be kind to our minds, bodies, and souls, as well as discover or rediscover the blessing of silence.

Throughout these next 40 days, our lives may include good news announcements, moments of joy, as well as tears of sadness or grief. My personal prayer is that I may be emptied so that I become, as Robert Benson writes in Living Prayer, “a space created” that can be filled by God.

Lent is a season in the liturgical calendar that will come and will go. However, we are reminded that our God is with us for “the long haul of our lives.” May we draw strength from our closer walk with Jesus

[One day] “He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”” – Luke 11:1 (NSRV)

Be Encouraged.

Bishop Julius C. Trimble

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hanfield Challenge

"Will you recommend fasting or abstinence, both by precept and example?"

This was the question asked of Pastor Tim and all ordained Methodist ministers

at their ordination. As Lent starts this month,

we have provided some options to consider in taking

Click HERE to see them and read some

frequently asked questions on fasting.

Monday, February 5, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Ten of 10)

Lesson 10 - Life Is A Gift – Celebrate Each Day

None of us have any idea how much time we have in this life, or even what the quality of that time will be. Embrace the fact that life truly is a gift, and resolve to celebrate each day.

Avoid the tendency to believe that bad things have control over your life. They may have an undue influence at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that your life is ruined forever.

Each day has its own troubles (Matthew 6:34), but it also has its own virtues. Do what you can to minimize your troubles, and then to embrace the goodness that’s around us every day if only we look for it. It’s just a better way to live, and a better way to be a witness to other believers and especially to non-believers.

After all, how we live – and what our attitudes are toward life – are our greatest witness to the world.

Entering our Second Week of Lenten Prayer Focus!