Are you observing Lent? If so, are you giving up anything?

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  1. David Cooke Jr

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    I usually give up a food (like chocolate). I've yet to decide what I will give up this year.
    If you do not usually observe Lent, will you consider it this year?
    God's blessings on you all.
    David Cooke
     
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    Yes, David. I just put on my pants 'cause we're going to the funeral home, and I observed Lent on them. I think I'll give up anything that might cause this to happen in the future. Any ideas??

    Seriously, no, not observing. No, not giving up anything. No, won't consider observing it. IMO, it's neither biblical nor baptistic.
     
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    I Lent my wife a dollar. Hope she pays me back!
     
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    David, I'm curious. Does your church obseve lent or is it a personal preference?
     
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    Pastor Joshua is our resident liberal (er, moderate) SBC'er and I know his church follows the liturgical calendar. So probably some baptists DO observe Lent.

    But even the most liberal baptist (ABC-type) church out here in the West does NOT promote Lent. Wonder what kind of baptist church you have that would likewise promo this ritual?

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
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    I don't observe Lent. Why would I? I thought that was a uniquely Roman Catholic idea.
     
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    For the record Bob, I'm Alliance/CBF - not SBC ;) .

    I personally observe Lent with the traditional disciplines of prayer, readings, and fasting (of some sort - I usually give up desserts). As a congregation, our worship will reflect the season through appropriate readings and responses and the use of Purple (or Rose on Refreshment Sunday).

    The Lenten disciplines are as biblical as any other aspect of contemporary worship. Jesus and the disciples clearly observed times of prayer and fasting; and the liturgical year is a tool for spiritual formation that is built around the life of Christ.

    Joshua
     
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    Joshua, in the Anglican Church, Morning Prayer (the service) is conducted each day of Lent..the prescribed scripture readings are inserted. Then a special day of pennance is observed on Ash Wednesday.

    Does your church, as a Baptist Church, follow the same regimin? I go along with my wife to the Anglican Church, of which she is a member, and I was just curious. Lenten services are not foreign to me and I fully understand them.

    Cheers,

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    For anyone interested in an article on Lent from the Catholic Encyclopedia, CLICK HERE.
     
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    Are you observing Lent?

    I sure am. The filter on my dryer was full of it this afternoon.
     
  11. Gib

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    Me and Lent?

    I'm an inny, I've got plenty!
     
  12. David Cooke Jr

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    This is only my second Lenten season at my current church, and I cannot remember if Lent is mentioned in the order of service. I think it is mentioned, although most members did not grow up observing it and few will change anything about there lives during this time.
    I guess its more of a personal preference for me. My last two churches were more like Joshua's in their observance of the church calender and in their worship style. Think of a cross between an SBC church of about 20 years ago and an Anglican church. Which is pretty much my ideal. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeap, I often observe lent on my clothes when ever I wear a black or navy skirt! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    No I do not observe the holiday. I've never seen a verse in the Bible saying we should. I don't even know what lent is about. I always thought it was a jewish holiday, not catholic. I really don't know anything about it.
    Got to go. I'm observing lent on my black stockings........! [​IMG]
     
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    Nope! Not Jewish! Believe me! 8oD

    I would not think of observing Lent. I am curious
    as to why people who are not Catholic do it and
    why they do that little ash thing. Funny -- I get
    criticized for observing Passover and other holy
    days, which our Lord observed, and people do
    these holidays, which would be foreign to Him,
    and it is all right. 8o) Just an observation. 8o)
     
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    Oh, by the way: are you observing Mardi Gras?
    It has begun. TIme to sin profusely so that you
    will have something to repent about. 8o)

    Unfortunately, people die celebrating it. One boy
    was murdered in a northern city last year. Why?
    A riot broke out and he tried to protect a young
    lady from a mob. The mob turned on him. He
    died, they caught the murders on tape, and they
    are doing time. The young man? He was said to
    have been a kind, gentle young man -- the kind
    who would protect a young lady.

    But he is dead and a family grieves. They
    celebrated Mardi Gras by placing a wreath on
    the place where he was shoved to the ground and
    beaten by thugs.

    How did we get here?
     
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    Lent is a time of reflection, instituted by both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. It may not be in the Bible, but there is nothing wrong with the discipline. Incidentally, giving up for lent is not giving something up for two weeks,,it is giving someting up that is interfering with your faith relationship with the Lord.

    Ash Wednesday is when one has a simple meal after a fast. Our English custom is pancakes. The ashes are a symbol of humility in pennance. Don't call it lent of that troubles you, but the discipline can't hurt anyone. It leads up to the cross and the resurrection, the two focal points in all of Christendom, without which we would be a mere religion of sorts.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Thank you, Jim.
     
  18. Baptist Believer

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    In our church, many people observe Lent, but it is not an official emphasis of our church.

    Many of my friends observe Lent by giving up some pleasure or frivolity in order to devote more time to prayer and good works. To be specific, some have given up television and instead pray, seek God and look for ways to serve others. Another friend gave up chocolate (a real sacrifice for her!) and used her chocolate cravings as a reminder of the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus and the sufferings and cravings of others around her each day that she can ease.

    I am considering it this year, but I don't know what I would give up.

    In any case, I think it is a valuable Christian discipline if conducted in the proper manner (no "Fat Tuesday") and focused on fellowship with Christ and service to others.
     
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    Perhaps I did not say it, but what are the origin and
    meaning of Mardi Gras? And not what it has been
    brought up, what about Fat (I thought it was Phat)
    Tuesday?
     
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    Fat Tuesday is the translation of Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent, a time to celebrate before the beginning of the fasting season. Also known as Carnivale, from the old Catholic custom of forbidding meat during Lent.
     

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