During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. Author and retired pastor James Moore challenges readers to take it further―to give up something spiritually that they would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God’s help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
For five Wednesday evenings in Lent, the Growth & Christian Ed board will lead a group study of Give Up Something Bad for Lent, at 7pm (immediately following the Soup and Bread Suppers) beginning on March 13 and continuing through April 10th. Copies of the book are available in advance from Barbara Pergander (suggested donation $8). Though this is a sequential study, each week’s discussion can ‘stand alone,’ so we encourage the participation of those who cannot attend each session.
The forty days of Lent are ideal to use this study and prepare to give up something bad while preparing to fully embrace the “Good News” of Easter.