It is the start of Lent, but before leaving Epiphany, Pastor Jonathan Meraz discusses Jesus's transfiguration and it's meaning for Lent.
This week we experienced Ash Wednesday: What do the ashes represent? Why do we do this? Why is it important?
Verse to consider:
Ecclesiastes 3:20: 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.
We expand the conversation into what is Lent? Why do we have this season? And what will Trinity do during Lent?
Finally, we have a great conversation on fasting. What does Martin Luther say about it? What about the Bible? Is it something that should be done?
More scripture to ponder:
Matthew 6:16-18: 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. "
John 3:16: 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
As we proceed through Lent, please join us every Wednesday for:
Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm
Midweek worship service at 7 pm
And, every Sunday:
Bible Study at 9 am
Worship at 10 pm
Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at email@example.com.
In this episode, we consider how God reveals himself in stages - enough for us to handle - and how we can use our spiritual gifts. We also discuss government action in Iowa and New York with respect to life.
Regarding gifts, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:
"4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills."