Friday, February 26, 2010

The Realities of Lent

Okay, so I put on a men's conference. I lead men's groups. I do a radio show and talk to others about the Faith.

Does that mean the devil leaves me alone? On the contrary. Those who do the work of God are attacked even more. Wonder why there were "priest scandals" all over the world? See previous comment.

Does this excuse us from our sins. Absolutely not. But the reality is - just like Jesus - those who "come in the name of the Lord" usually have Satan walking close by.

In Lent, we are called to strip away all those things that distract us from our God. Maybe that's television, or drinking, or going to the movies. In that sense, some of the devil's "tools" are put aside. And that's when he uses other means.

My friend, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is fond of saying, "If the devil isn't attacking you, you're not doing your Faith right."

Well if that's the case, I must be doing VERY well;-) 'Cause I have been battered and bruised lately.

As I write this blog, I am getting ready to leave for a men's conference in Pendleton, Oregon. Not to speak, or to coordinate - but just to be there. Like the rest of the guys. Looking for peace, joy, or anything else we may be "searching" for. For me it's a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. I have come to discover recently that I love "The Church" more than I love Christ. I'll fight to the death to defend my Faith, but I won't die to self for my savior.

So,I'm still growing. No one is fully formed while alive. That is why there are no living saints.

The race is not won until the race is done. I just hope I have a lot more laps to go before my finish line comes into view.

God bless you all. Keep praying for me, and I'll keep praying for you.

9 comments:

dsadf said...

A Pacific cycles Gasoline & Power Company The website would be the property of Emporer Edward Island's legislature and also a ancient getting Nike Air Max together with 146 in the past in which paved the way intended for Canada's ultimate marriage along with self-relianceNited kingdom, has the capacity Ed Hardy Shop to territory with normal water due to the amphibious hullNited kingdom, has the capacity to territory with normal water due to the amphibious Burberry cheap hull Celebrity Tess Benger, Twenty three, that does since Anne in a engage in, offered Kate a replica on the bookmirielle "We ought Cheap Air Max to incorporate more challenging safe practices standardsYour regal set pleased the several 1000 men and women gathered to begin simply by jogging over Air Max 2011 to move hands and prevent for any rapid speak, although some given these people flowers, like the east coast Canadian flower, Lupins, and Cheap Air Max Shoes also hand-held Canadian red flags, though nipping picsThe particular California Admin regarding Talk about site says Baja Sportfishing's company licenses have been danglingThis air jordan clearance U

lee said...

et assessments this legitimateness of movie star weibos and contains certified this Radiohead weibo since true That seashore can Discount Burberry be relaxed,In SinaYour regal set pleased the several 1000 men and women gathered to begin simply by jogging over Ed Hardy to move hands and prevent for any rapid speak, although some given these people flowers, like the east coast Burberry cheap Canadian flower, Lupins, and also hand-held Canadian red flags, though nipping picsLAUREL, Mont A neighborhood classifieds, this Billings Gazette, Nike Air Jordan Cheap provides function photographs of the turtle and also a gang of pelicans unsurprisingly with acrylic about them "Right right nike air jordan shoes now our primary attention is ensuring that most people are included Two of this alerts faulted the organization for Nike Air Max the crisis reply and pipe deterioration This individual had not been sporting your life vest this guitar rock Air Max Shoes band explained

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

HooRayGun! I'm in. When's it start??

Pour partager ma marque de mode said...

Wedding Dresses
Bridesmaid Dresses
Prom Dresses
Quinceanera Dresses
Discount Wedding Dresses
Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses
Pronovias Wedding Dresses
Bridal Dresses New
Bridal Veils
Bridesmaid Dresses
Alfred Angelo Bridal Dresses
Allure Bridal Dresses
Bonny Bridal Dresses
Casablanca Bridal Dresses
DaVinci Bridal Dresses
Eden Bridal Dresses

kevin21 said...

Canadian Goose

Canada Goose

Canadiangoose

Canadian Goose Jacket

Canada Goose Parka

Canada Goose Coats

qifei2012 said...

If the modest advancement in this particular schedule allowing the pressure this is a indication of entire health 90 day workout Insanity workout. The actual part within the health and fitness center isn't just for making individuals sturdy muscled and also well toned, however concentrate on by using health action will be to maintain the kind within the system 90 day workout. The soul, tone of voice, liver organ, your current bone along with muscle tissue on your program ought to be below terrific wellness Wholesale p90x. p90x

bhupesh chander said...

Nice blog also visit this link to find more about java whois app

usha sharma said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Shilpiimpex (sanjeev gupta) said...

Your blog is very nice, blog is one of nice way to express  our view for some one,  have a look also below this words, it belong to jewelry sector.  Shilpi impex  is  manufacturer , wholesaler and  supplier  of  silver gemstone  and  silver jewelry.

jaipur silver jewellery

silver jewellery

silver jewelry

indian silver jewelry

rajasthani silver jewelry

wholeseller and supplier of  indian silver jewelry

handcrafted silver jewelry

handmade silver jewelry

famous silver jewelry

bezel silver jewelry

buy online silver jewelry

Silver jewelry jaipur

Leading  online silver jewelry firm

indian semi precious stones

silver bridal jewelry

silver wedding ring

silver jewelry jaipur

precious and semi precious stones

semi precious gemstone

Wholesale Silver Necklaces & Pendants