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Ash Wednesday

Just in time for Lent


Texts & Discussion:

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 

Other Resources:


Matthew Henry,    Wesley

Word Study:

This Week's Themes:

Beginning of Lent
Human Sinfulness
God's Amazing Grace




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For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also
Mat. 6:1-6, 16-21
by HW in HI

What powerful words. We only have to hear them to know that we've fallen short of the glory of God.

Right now, in my family, we are looking at buying a house. And when I hear the words, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" I imagine myself getting confused, and thinking that my treasure is in having a nice house..

Or I'll give you an even better example. A friend of mine on Oahu, Joe Carr, is running the Alpha Bible study for his Episcopal church in Kaneohe. I don't envy him running it. What I envy is that he's getting 100 people on a week night to show up, week after week, to learn the word of God. And I am forced to ask myself, "Do I treasure building up a church so others will see it and think, "What a fine pastor!" or do I treasure serving God faithfully whatever the circumstances?

Lent is a good time to ask ourselves, "Where is my treasure?" An honest answer will always show us how we can go about improving our spiritual lives, how we can go about opening ourselves to God's presence in our lives.

Do we treasure our house? Maybe. Is that really where we want our hearts to be? Do we treasure fine jewels or paintings? Perhaps we treasure our cars or our trucks? Our books? Our music? How about our computers? Perhaps we treasure our jobs. Maybe we treasure our toys, a new dress, a cool computer game.

Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal." [continue]