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Spring Training: Social Distancing | #1018

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Lent 3 – The woman at the well is practicing “social distancing.” She has distanced herself from others but Jesus is still close to her. Her habits and relationships haven’t satisfied her, but Jesus does. He is waiting to satisfy you.

Spring Training: Listen to Your Coach | #1017

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Lent 1 – How do we know it’s really God speaking to us? St Ignatius helps us understand that when we are moving towards God, the good spirit encourages us and the bad spirit tries to discourage us. If it’s Jesus calling, say Yes. Ignore the other voices.

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Lent: Spring Training for your Soul | #1016

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Ash Wednesday – You are called to be a saint, not a spiritual slacker. To live as Jesus lived you’ll need to be a giver, a person of prayer, and sacrifice joyfully. It’s not going to be easy so expect to be uncomfortable. Welcome to spring training!

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Lent is Like Learning to Kayak Upside-Down | #1015

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Ordinary 7 – Jack saw God in others, and others saw God in him. Jesus calls us to a complete love, including even our enemies. Learn to face your fears. Learn to be OK with being uncomfortable. And you will find the strength to love even your enemies.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/karenspearszacharias/2011/12/05/superhero-jesus/

Battle Ready: Are You Fighting the Wrong Battle? | #921

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Palm Sunday – Now we are Battle Ready but are we fighting the right battle? The true battle is not about proving our worth or getting our way; it’s believing our worth and following God’s way. Pray that Jesus’ love will bring out the best in you.

https://revelationrevolution.org/revelation-17-a-preterist-commentary/jesus-before-the-sanhedrin-2/

Battle Ready: Live for the One Who Died for You | #920

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Lent 5 – In the light of Palm Sunday, we see the true King and sinless judge who offers mercy. Jesus takes her place and pays the price for her sin. Jesus takes your place; Jesus pays your penalty. Will you live for the one who died for you?

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Battle Ready: Home Base | #919

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Lent 4 – We need to come back to Home Base: the Father’s love for us. Sometimes we are the younger brother, sometimes the older. But we are all called to love like the Father. Experience God’s mercy 77 times, and welcome others as He welcomes you.

Battle Ready: How to Fertilize a Burning Bush | #918

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Lent 3 – Unlike the ancient Gods, the Lord is not another force in Creation. Moses needs to be convinced of three things: God’s Power, God’s Plan, God’s Love. When we are convinced of these three things, we can turn life’s “crap” into fertilizer.

http://trappistabbey.org/?page_id=723

It’s Not WHAT You Give Up for Lent, but WHY? | #915

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Ash Wednesday – It’s good to give up things because we want to be better, healthier, have more time, less addicted. But Lent is about uniting our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If we die with Him, we will also rise with Him.