And so, the most paradoxical season on the Christian calendar is upon us once again…..I have great difficulty defining what Lent really means……This confusion stems from what made Easter Sunday and our salvation possible – the confluence of good and evil which met at the foot of the cross….. I’m guilty, as charged, for my part in His crucifixion…..Traditionally, Ash Wednesday commemorates the 40 days, not including Sunday’s, that Jesus spent in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13)…..Moderns tend to shy from Church Traditions…..St. Paul begs to differ with moderns (1 Cor. 11:2, 2 Thess. 2:15) telling his throng to adhere (2 Tim. 3:14-15) to what they were orally (Luke 10:16, Acts 2:42, Rom. 10:17, 1 Cor. 15:3, 11, 2 Tim. 2:2, 1 Pet. 1:25) taught…..For these reasons, Church Patriarch interpretations of the Bible are worth a peek…..It strikes me that interpreting the meaning of the US Constitution is similar.  Should it be viewed in the light of the writers authored “Federalist Papers” as to what it means or allowed to “live and breath” to please moderns?……2 Cor. 5:20-6:10.  Appears to tell the Christian that his/her reconciliation with God (vv. 20-21) should force actions (6:1-10) to further His truths…..One thing, I’ve learned in reading many classic books.  For a period of time, I felt as though I was getting smarter and smarter.  Back a few years ago, I passed a sort of knowledge threshold and now realize that I know next to nothing.  And so, to pacify this feeling, I continue to read and turn more pages?!…..Matt.6:1-21.  Self-glorification for God’s cause is severely rebuked (vv. 1-8, 16-19).  The Lord’s Prayer (vv. 9-15) has an element of  QUID PRO QUO (vv. 12, 14-15) in it on the subject of sin forgiveness.  A Christians’ sins are both forgiven overall (Eph. 1:7) via faith in Christ (Rom. 4:5-8) and each sin is individually (Prov. 28:13, 1 Jn. 1:9) forgiven.  The Lord’s Prayer “this for that” forgiveness is related to the individual sins…..”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the the epoch on incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of the noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree for comparison only (Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two cities”)…..Such is our time…..Psalm 51.  Seems to be David’s “how-to” get back with God and self after screwing up.  The steps are admitting guilt (vv. 1-6), undergoing spiritual cleansing (vv. 7-10, cp. Jn. 13:4-10, Eph. 5:26), and a renewed spirit (vv. 11-12) enables service (v. 13), and fellowship with God via worship (vv. 14-17)……This Psalm seems to capture the perfectly purple mood for me, which is Lent…..What do you think of this “stream of consciousness” blog?

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