Lent is typically associated with Catholics, though some Protestants observe it as well. Customs surrounding Lent are various and their origins are uncertain. Lent is neither a biblical mandate nor a biblical tradition, but is instead a liturgical tradition. In general, it can be said that Lent is a six-week, or 40-day (excluding Sundays), period of fasting prior to Easter. The … [Read more...] about Lent – Forty Days of Fasting and Prayer
The strength of what we believe is measured by how much we are willing to suffer for those beliefs. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father, was a man with strong beliefs. He was prepared to do what was right, despite the pain he knew it would cause. But joseph had another trait - he not only tried to do what was right, he also tried to do it the right way. When Mary told Joseph about … [Read more...] about Joseph – Jesus Earthly Father
The Parable of the Prodigal Son 11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in … [Read more...] about Prodigal Son – Facing Yourself
What is the Christian Life? Lists are very convenient. Being able to check off items on a list gives us a feeling of accomplishment and closure. But God's to-do lists in the Bible aren't about what we are supposed to do; they're guidelines that show who we are in Him. And who we are is a much bigger picture than a list of priorities. The Christian's master list is simple: … [Read more...] about Christian Life – What are our top priorities?
What we value determines what we do. Not just what we do as a profession, but every action and thought. The world has its own ideas about what is valuable: money/possessions, status/power, security/comfort, and legacy. But as the world defines these things, they are not transferable to eternity. As the old saying goes, "You can't take it with you." Things with eternal value … [Read more...] about Eternal Value – What Does the Bible Say?