Take up your cross and follow me....

Today is the start of Lent... but what does that mean for us at CHBC?
Here is a great description of Lent and what it means: 
"Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, we focus on our relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection."

So how will you prepare for Lent as Jesus prepared in the wilderness, what will you give up, or take up, as a way of reordering your life to God's will...in preparation for your ministry (because you do have one)

Let Lent be a time to reset with God, to restructure to the kingdom values rather that society values... experience the change that God can bring, experience 'life in all it's fullness'

Every blessing,

James