By Laurie Goddard
It wasn’t until coming to college that I realized Lent was a thing. I now see it as a gift to the believer, an opportunity to break the usual ebb and flow of life to look more closely at Christ.
By Clay Myatt
Next Wednesday, February 26th, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) called Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. The brief history of Lent is as follows: As early as the second century we have writings from church fathers talking about a season of self-examination and repentance leading up to Easter. By the time of the Council of Nicaea (325), there is a reference to a 40-day Lenten season of fasting for new Christians preparing for baptism, and soon that 40-day season began to be observed by other Christians.
By Steve Gregg
As a pastor, I am often pointing people to passages in Scripture to encourage them in any number of ways. It might be surprising to some of you that these words from Joseph to his brothers are some I return to again and again.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20)
Guest authors: Emily Purcell and Marie Banks, Deacons of Creekside WomenA dear friend once said that having a relationship with God is not for Him, it’s for us. That simple phrase changed the way I look at my Bible reading and prayer time. God doesn’t need us read His Word; He wants us to read it. He doesn’t need us to pray, He wants us to pray. He wants us to read and understand His character and how He redeems His people. He wants us to talk to Him. The seasons of my life when I have been consistent in reading my Bible and praying, I doubt my faith less. I find it easier to deal with the stresses of life, I am much kinder to those closest to me, and I am much more in-tuned to the Holy Spirit.