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Giving Up for Lent

Giving Up Death (Easter Sunday)

This morning I want to address a very profound and important theological question. I first heard it a number of weeks ago here from a very bright and eager young student—faithful in worship and engaging. Here’s the question:  Since Jesus came back from the dead, does that make him a zombie? Great Question! Well, if…

Giving Up Our Lives

Jesus is clear. To be his disciples, to enter the Kingdom of God, we must deny ourselves, pick up our crosses, and follow him! That’s a lot, don’t you think? Ever since Jesus’ death nearly 2,000 years ago, there has been a steady trail of those who have given up their lives for him, or…

Giving Up Enemies

This year for Lent, we are looking at the different things we can “give up” that have more to do with our heart and minds than our habits and waistlines. Giving up control – expectations – superiority – and today, our enemies. Enemies are interesting to ponder… I wonder, do we really have enemies? I…

Giving Up Superiority

The day is hot and dry. Red dust swirls in the air giving everything a reddish brown tint. The heat of the noonday sun and shimmering heat haze reminds Jesus and his followers of their thirst. Jacob’s well comes into sight and Jesus gratefully takes a seat on the edge of the well while his…

Giving Up Expectations

A young psychology student serving in the Army decided to test a theory. Drawing kitchen duty, he was given the job of passing out apricots at the end of the food line. He asked the first soldiers that came by, “You don’t want any apricots, do you?” Ninety percent said “No.” Then he tried a…

Giving Up Control

During Lent, people of all stripes of Christian, and even some non Christians, will participate in the tradition of GIVING UP SOMETHING FOR LENT. Often it will be the giving up of a bad habit, likely having something to do with a healthier lifestyle – giving up processed sugars or alcohol. Sometimes it entails taking…