Sunday, March 9, 2014
“ The heart — Part 2″ (Proverbs 4:23) – Pastor Joeli Baleiwai
Amplified Bible (AMP)
”Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”
Why, is it so critical to keep, to guard, to watch over, to be vigilant about guarding your Heart? What do you guard? How do you guard your Heart?
We need to learn to know what is in our hearts, to know what it feels like when our heart is not in alignment with God, and how do we realign our hearts to God?
We have chosen “Growing in Love” as our main theme for Lent. We are invited to live close to God and let him meet us with his love. The Christian fellowship helps us with our faith and gives us strength. Love is choosing to live together in spite of our differences and dissensions. We are encouraged to care about the world’s suffering and to care about those who are strggling in our midst.
Lent lasts 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday in the Passover week. Lent was originally to prepare people for baptism. The baptism preparation theme has affected the aim of Lent up until our time. During the first part of Lent we meet Jesus’ struggle and triumph over evil. Towards the end of Lent the focus shifts to the suffering of Jesus. The last two week period of Lent is call “Pasiontide”
Ash Wednesday: Repentance and dealing with sin marks the beginning of Lent. Still today, it is common in many churches to hold a repentance service, and a cross of ashes can be drawn on the worshipper’s forehead. Some liturgies use words from Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you will return. Repent so you can have eternal life.”
In early times the commandment to abstain from food and drink was taken literally and seriously. In our time, Lent has primarily become a period of silence and reflection, preparing for Passover. In later years there has been more attention to the value of fasting, meaning to abstain from something you otherwise grant yourself. Lent is also a time for setting aside a little extra for the needy.
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continents and more than 25 different nations draw from a rich variety of spiritual traditions, but are all “rooted and built up” in our common belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. (Col. 2:6-12)
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