Lent 2018...from Valentine's Day to April Fool's Day
What do 1923, 1956 and 2018 have in common? These are the only times in the past 100 years that Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day and Easter fell on April Fool's Day.
(I'm sure there's a sermon in starting Lent on the day we celebrate love and ending it on a day full of practical jokes...but I haven't figured that one out...yet.)
Perhaps it's as simple as letting the 40 days of Lent remind us of the over-abundant love that God demonstrated to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Perhaps, in a culture of great doubt, this is the year we recognize the amazing truth of resurrection life, not only in our minds but also in our hearts. Perhaps, this is a year where you will really commit yourself to growing deeper in your love of Christ so that your reach for Christ can grow wider.
In worship this Lenten season, I'll be preaching the sermon series, "Miracle Man." We'll look at the love Jesus demonstrated through 7 miracles in the Gospel of John: feeding the hungry, calming storms, restoring the broken, and bringing new life to places of death. Maybe you could use a miracle right now. Come, to experience the miraculous healing power of Jesus for you life. Maybe you know of friends and neighbors who are searching for a miracle. This would be a great season to invite them to join us, so that they can have an encounter with the Miracle Man.
This Lent, my hope is that this will also be a season of study and self-reflection.
Perhaps you'll read through the Gospel of John with me...read and meditate on 1 chapter a day, Monday through Saturday, from Ash Wednesday through Easter and you'll have read through John twice!
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