A Word from Curt…
Posted: March 6th, 2014
This week, we’ve looked at the lives of Daniel and three of his friends. These sharp, handsome guys grew up in privileged families. Then their nation fell to an invading army and everything changed. They were taken as captives to a foreign country and given the opportunity to serve the king.
In that strange culture, these young men chose to be guided by their faith in GOD rather than temptation or intimidation.
Daniel, Hanaiah, Mishael and Azariah’s faithful devotion informed their daily decisions. They didn’t wait until the day of testing to get ready. Their character was strengthened in the “everydayness” of life, so they were prepared to face wild beasts and a raging fire… literally.
We have entered an important Christian season. While Advent is a joyous time of expectation, looking forward to Christ’s birth, Lent is a sober time of personal reflection, looking ahead to Christ’s death and resurrection. In the early Church, the 40 days (plus Sundays) leading up to Easter were a period of fasting, repentance and spiritual discipline. For new believers, it was also a time of preparation for baptism.
During our journey to Easter this year, we’ll read the Gospel of Luke together. Our Lenten series is entitled: “Planted… In the Big Story.” We’ll take a fresh look at God’s eternal plan of redemption and consider our place in it. Of course, the central focus is the cross and the empty tomb.
Remember to set your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed tonight!