Driven into the Wilderness

As we trek through the metaphorical wilderness of Lent, I am reminded that Jesus spent time in a real wilderness. Mark 1:12-15 reports that after Jesus was baptized, “…immediately the Spirit impelled Him (Jesus) to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by...

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6 Songs for Lent

  Music has always been a potent force. Trumpets tumbled the walls of Jericho and David’s harp soothed the vexed King Saul. Scripture encourages us to “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts” (Psalm 105:2). Music has lost none of its effectiveness since biblical times. Research has shown...

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The Grasshoppers of Life

  Read Joel 2:1-2; 12-17  My dad grew up in a Texas sharecropper’s shack during the Great Depression. He was barely a teenager when the “Grasshopper Wars” began. The winged insects darkened the sky like storm clouds, swooping down on crops and stripping them to stubble. Driving turned dangerous as the...

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Eight Churchy Things to Give Up for Lent

  Lent is a time for traditionally giving up unhealthy habits and wanton behaviors. But there are some Christians who may need to dump a few things that they do on Sunday under the guise of religion. Here’s eight “churchy” activities  to consider surrendering during this season of penitence, prayer and self-denial: Complaining...

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Do We Really Need Lent?

  Ash Wednesday cometh and, with it, the beginning of Lent. My earliest memories of Lent are rooted in my community theater days in Oklahoma. At a rehearsal on a late-winter evening, I remember a grizzled actor named Bob announcing that he was giving up Brown Derby beer for Lent. I was a happy-go-lucky college...

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Come, Darkness of Lent

With Ash Wednesday, the shadowy journey of Lent has begun. Lent is a season that doesn’t bring warm fuzzies like Christmas or Easter. You’re not going to find a Hallmark card wishing you an Awesome Ash Wednesday or a Luscious Lent. It’s 40 days of dust, ashes, temptation, self-denial, gloom,...

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