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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Baptists Recovering Lost Catholic Treasure of Lent

In yet another demonstration of Christ continuing to unify His Church, I read that a number of Baptist churches have begun Ash Wednesday services and are encouraging their congregations to prepare for Easter by keeping the liturgical season of Lent.

Most Baptists churches continued their tradition of focusing on scripture by starting special Lenten scripture studies:

    "This year for lent we held an Ash Weds here at our Baptist Church (not a normal thing for a ‘free church’). The other unusual thing was that we held it Shrove Tues for a number of logistical reasons. It was most of our groups first experiece of ash weds and we did some further thinking around lent."

    "We started a Wednesday Night Bible Study series on Ash Wednesday called Eyeing Easter. Former Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz wrote the material and invited his readers to take a journey of personal reflection during this "in between time" called Lent."

A few Baptist Churches went further and imposed ashes on their congregations:

    "Last night during our Wednesday evening service this author introduced Ash Wednesday to our church. We first talked about the history of Lent and of Ash Wednesday and how we can use these times to strengthen our own faith and resolve to stand against Satan and the world. ...

    ...We talked about how other churches have priests administer the ashes, but how since we are all priests we can do this for ourselves. ...

    That is what is so wonderful about being a Baptist, we are free to find a celebrate lost treasures from our Christian past and give them new meaning and life to a new generation."

Actually, what our Baptist friend, who is new to Ash Wednesday, doesn't realize is that imposition of ashes is not restricted to Catholic priests alone. Deacons and lay persons also may impose ashes on any baptised Christian. Personally, I hope our fellow Baptists will continue to recover the lost treasures thrown out by the Reformers.

My favorite quote by a Baptist minister is this one by Rev. Jeremy Rutledge of Covenant Baptist Church:

    "I put my thumb into a bowl of ashes and I put the ashes on someone's forehead and tell him he is going to die," Rutledge told the Chronicle. "It is incredibly powerful."

Dude! With a quote like that, it shouldn't be too long before all Baptists ministers take up imposing ashes. Of course, not all Baptists like the idea of Ash Wednesday and Lent, as Michael at The Boar's Head Tavern can attest:

    "Of course, doing the service early meant the ashes were visible all day. This prompted one of the deacons of the local Baptist church that I’ve been attending to take the opportunity to ridicule some men wearing the ashes and to ask where the priest was who did that? I’m trying to give up denominational bigotry for Lent, so no comment. Or was it dessert?"

Please feel free to share any similar happenings in your non-Catholic place of worship. Comments will be open through February.

Weird Hippy
Danny Chisholm
Spiritual Samurai
The Boar's Head Tavern

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