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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lent Challenge 2017

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Lent is traditionally a season of fasting with 40 days of fasting and 6 Sundays leading up to Easter.

This year I will continue to do what I've done for Lent since 2011, I will write a blog post every day.  I do this because I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2).  Each year when I do this I find myself training my mind to look for God's presence and leading daily.  In order to daily write I must have something to write about and since I write almost exclusively about my Christian race I must have had some semblance of a cohesive thought about my God and/or my reaction to Him.

Most people fast during Lent and that is a great thing.  Fasting, whether from food or a food or some other pleasure, fixes our minds on God.  If you are one who will give something up for Lent beginning today I encourage you to do something that isn't simply self-improvement but rather that is worshipful.  When we worship we will experience self-improvement a.k.a. sanctification, but don't make self-improvement be the main goal of your Lenten fast; make knowing Christ (Philippians 3:8) and tasting and seeing that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) be your main goal.

So, keep me accountable during Lent.  I will try to stay faithful in the seventh year of this Lent Challenge.

Also, I hope that these daily writings might encourage you as well.  I won't pretend to write as helpful posts as you could find in a daily devotional, but I do hope that we can mutually encourage one another while it is still called Today (Hebrews 13:3).

Join me in tasting and seeing that the Lord is good this Lenten season beginning today.

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