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The Lenten Season – What It Means for Non-Catholics

lent-41Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of Lent, and what is that? Lent is celebrated by the historical Christian church as a time of personal introspection, fasting, prayer and abstinence. The word comes from the German word for “spring.” It is directly associated with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection as the godly template for renewal. Just as the trees bud forth in leaf, and the animal world gives birth to offspring, so, Christ opens the door to life for all who believe in His sacrifice.

Simply put, we are no longer slaves to sin, caught up in the darkness of Satan’s deceptions, but now we are freed in Christ for eternal life. PTL! “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9.15). “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me” (Gal. 2.20).

It’s hard for Americans, especially in this self-centered age of pleasure seeking, to understand Lent. Why would anyone willingly deny himself and be penitent? This seems idiotic in our culture. Yet, when we consider Jesus, our example of a true human being, He lived a life of personal sacrifice. He lived His life for others. Is it so unusual for us to follow Him in this enterprise?

I would suggest this for Lent: rather than giving up stuff, rather than turning inward and dropping out of the world, instead enter into the world with an attitude of service. Do some self-evaluation, but more importantly, do something for others this Lenten season. Perhaps the greatest sacrifice for us Americans is to take the time to deny ourselves and our agenda, to help others.

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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