Contributed by William Mouser on Mar 17, 2006
Lent is one of the earliest observances of the church. Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness is a model for spiritual preparation for future effectiveness and fruitfulness in ministry.
Psalm 25, Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-13
For most of the past 500 years, there was an almost infallible way to tell Catholics from Protestants: the Catholics were the ones who had a cross-shaped smudge of ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. But, those times are changing.