Friday, March 19, 2010

Week Two Lenten Challenges

Here are the challenges from the second sermon in our Lenten series, "You Are the Light of Jesus."

a) Reconcile with someone who has a complaint against you. Start on Monday. Be heroic. Decide that you will rather be made a fool or taken advantage of in some way rather than give up a chance to be reconciled.
b) You are going to crack open the secret box of your lust problem. Confess to someone who can hold you accountable and you are going to step up the intervention until it works. If there's anything you won't do to be rid of the problem you may not get rid of it. It is better to endure the greatest suffering than to endure the least sin (Jeremiah Burroughs).
c) Do something about your marriage. Talk with one of your elders. Make an appointment with your pastor or a Christian marriage counselor. Study a book together. (Intimate Allies, Sacred Marriage, Love and Respect) Order the book, schedule the conference, make the appointment THIS WEEK. Then tell someone.
c) Inventory your promises and pick on back up (swear to your hurt, Psalm 15:4). Ask forgiveness for not keeping the promise YET.
d) Spend one week without retaliating, defending, or justifying yourself. Take every possible act of generosity.
e) For one week, you are going to pray for an enemy. Decide something kind to do for them and then do it.

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