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Resources for the 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Prayer of Thanks for Lent

O God our Father, we thank you for the gifts of life and love. We thank you that we live and worship in a country where such freedom is commonplace. Thank you for the opportunity to give up that which we want but don't need. But most of all, Lord, we thank you for the gift of Jesus who taught us how to live, how to die, and how to be raised to new life in the here and now. Amen.

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Heavenly Profits
based on Mark 8:31-38
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Twice a year, the Navy asks me to take a physical fitness test – we used to call it a “Physical Readiness Test” or “PRT;” now it’s referred to as “Periodic Fitness Assessment” or “PFA.”  The test involves doing a series of exercises within a prescribed set of standards.

I’ve been taking these tests, twice a year, for over 30 years now, and what I have learned is that if I invest some time beforehand, I will do better on the test.  If I run regularly, I will run faster.  If I do sit-ups regularly, I will do more of them in the two minutes I am allowed on the PFA.

But knowing that and doing that is not the same thing.

And there are many other things in our lives that are that way, too.

Ø      If we practice our piano lessons, for instance, we will become better pianists.

Ø      If we spend more time with our families, our families will be better equipped to meet our own needs as well as the needs of others around us.

Ø      If we exercise more and eat less, we will not only weigh less, we will also live longer.

Ø      If we practice our spiritual disciplines faithfully, we will find ourselves becoming more aware of God’s presence in our lives.

Ø      If we tithe regularly, we will find that it not only becomes easier to do it also becomes a more joyful experience to give.

But knowing those things is not the same as doing them.

That may be why Peter was so confused, though.  He knew that following Jesus was the right thing to do – and he did it.  He gave up his livelihood.  He left his family and his home to follow Jesus.

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