Between Sundays

Day 5: Righteousness and Relationship

Illustration: Juliana Crownover By Kevin Dodge (email) In this first full week of Lent, we explore what true righteousness is. We often think of righteousness as a moral quality. This, of course, isn’t wrong. God’s people should abide by his moral standards. But, as we will observe this week, true righteousness is also much more […]

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Day 4: The Power of God

Illustration: Juliana Crownover The boy didn’t need to hear it. There was already a deep black wordless conviction in him that the way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin. He knew by the time he was twelve years old that he was going to be a preacher. Later he saw Jesus move from tree […]

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Day 3: The Power of Perfection

Illustration: Juliana Crownover You see then that fasting is certainly not considered by the Lord as a thing that is good in itself because it becomes good and pleasing to God not by itself but by in conjunction with other works. [i] John Cassian (d. 435), Conferences Opening Prayer We pray, O Lord, that with […]

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Day 2: The Power of Prayer

Illustration: Juliana Crownover This [prayer] is a true, gracious, lasting disposition of the soul which is united and fastened into the will of our Lord by the sweet, secret work of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Himself is the first receiver of our prayer, as I see it, and takes it most thankfully. Rejoicing greatly […]

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Day 1: The Power of Repentance

Illustration: Juliana Crownover Ash Wednesday is full of joy… The source of all sorrow is the illusion that of ourselves we are anything but dust. [i] Thomas Merton (d. 1968)   Opening Prayer Almighty and Everlasting God, our Heavenly Father, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: […]

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Introduction: An Invitation to a Holy Lent

By Kevin Dodge (email) Lent is a time for quietness, for confession and for greater critical scrutiny of our spiritual lives. Traditionally, Christians engage in certain practices during this season. For example, they often fast from food until dinnertime on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Christians frequently modify their diets during Lent as well, abstaining […]

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