Baptists have not always observed Lenten practices, but I've found it valuable to undertake some kind of daily discipline. Giving up coffee or ice cream have been ways to remind myself that God is bigger than my daily indulgences! But you don't have to give something up. During a difficult year, I made my Lenten practice doing something nice for somebody every day. As a little study on Lent for those that might not quite understand. Here's a little help. Lent in the Christian tradition,(understand it is just a tradition and custom, not a requirement for salvation) is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of theResurrection of Jesus Christ. Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan. So as a demonstration of our ability to endure the temptations of evil, and other things such as non-nutritional foods, snacks, it allows for us to show through Jesus Christ I can do ALL things. Most will begin Lent 2018 on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. Which is actual 46 days before Easter. Easter is Sunday, April 1st. To follow the traditional 40 days before Easter, Lent would begin on February 20th. Your choice, what's important is you will be setting aside a period of time to resist the temptation of what ever you plan on giving up during that time. I challenge you to make that sacrifice challenging. Giving up chocolate and coke/pepsi is what we should do anyway and isn't much of a challenge. Why not try giving up the trips to the casino, smoking, alcohol beverages, eating out, texting and use of cell phones :-) Wow! wouldn't that be something. Why not try going to church every Sunday during Lent, Going to Bible Study every Wednesday or Tuesday (which ever applies) during Lent. Here's a good one, Try eating ever dining at the supper table with family with the T.V turned off!!! Whatever you do , have it make an impact on your life and those around you!
Rev. Dr. Tony C. Evans, Sr., Pastor