Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday on the church calendar, and marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a period of forty days leading up to Easter, and for millions of Christians around the world it will be a time of self-denial as a way of reflecting and remembering Jesus’ giving up of himself on the cross for us. In our culture of self-indulgence and self gratification, self-denial is often easier said than done. In giving something up for Lent it’s usually easy for most of us to find something to sacrifice, but it’s often in the insignificant things that we choose to exercise the discipline of self-denial.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
I know that ice cream really isn’t good for me, and although I do like it, it wouldn’t be that hard to give it up for 40 days. Maybe that’s what I should do. Ask me to give up coffee and it would be a completely different story. That would hurt! But when I consider what I might give up in observation of Lent, everything pales in comparison to what Jesus gave up for me. Are you observing Lent this year? Perhaps we should choose carefully how we might deny ourselves and decide to give up something that really matters – something that hurts; something that helps us to identify with what Jesus gave up for us.
News & events:
- Friday Feb. 8, 7:00 PM – Games Night & Nachos @ the church. Bring a friend, a game and your favourite Nacho’s. (salsa & sour cream are provided)
- Sunday Feb. 10 – Manor services @ Pioneer Square & PV Manor. Meet at Pioneer Square at 2:30 PM.
- Monday evening Lifegroup begins at the Dorsey’s this week 7:00 PM
- Monday Feb. 18 – Younglife Dessert Fundraiser. See Debi Derksen if you need tickets.
- Friday March 1 – Word Day of Prayer hosted by ABC @ 1:00 PM. Volunteers needed (see Julie D.)
Pastor Wayne Snider
Armstrong Bible Chapel
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1