How will you observe Lent?

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What does Lent mean? It means spring and 40 days to get ready for Easter.

Lent begins with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, with the distribution of ashes on the forehead at all Catholic Masses, and some Protestant churches as well, to mark the 40-day period of fasting, prayer and almsgiving for preparation for Easter on April 8.

The word means “spring” – a time of renewal and rebirth. We see flowers bloom around Masters Week, which happens to be Holy Week. We are to be ready to experience almsgiving to charities; give up foods; and to fast, a practice of eating two small meals and one normal one. Fasting is a spiritual exercise to get us ready to be Christlike, as in his period of fasting in the desert.

As you get ready to begin Lent, I pray that each of you decides to jump into the spirit by donating to a worthwhile local charity; attending a local church to worship the living God, and fasting to imitate Christ’s fasting.

A deep reminder of our mortality is doing the Stations of the Cross, You can check local church bulletins to find out when they are to be celebrated on Fridays during Lent. Another spiritual act that would profit you immensely is reading the word of God, rich as it is, in giving you spiritual direction, guidance and wisdom to follow Jesus into eternal life in heaven.

Yes, we are all called to experience Lent as a time of springtime renewal and rebirth. Take the time these 40 days and enter the whole period of time seeking God’s ways and holiness. Doing so will mean so much to you personally and as a family, too! God bless your Lent!

The Rev. Michael Lubinsky

Augusta

(The writer is parochial vicar of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.)

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Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 12:43 am
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I gave up watermelons.

I gave up watermelons.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/19/12 - 06:22 am
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Techfan,you are so wise! Now

Techfan,you are so wise! Now that you have made light of christians,please include allah in your jokes.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/19/12 - 07:23 am
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Come on, Techfan, i haven't

Come on, Techfan, i haven't heard a good allah joke in a while. As much as y'all make light of christianity,y'all never include allah in your religious humor. Why is that?

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 08:17 am
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You do realize that Allah and

You do realize that Allah and the God from the Bible are the same entity don't you?

copperhead
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copperhead 02/19/12 - 09:03 am
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So,when you are making light

So,when you are making light of christians,you are in reality making jokes about muslims? I see! Well,anyway,tell us a good allah joke.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/19/12 - 09:04 am
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Individuals of Christianity

Individuals of Christianity and individuals of Islam may worship a supreme diety, one we call Jehovah, God of the Bible, and Muslims who call their diety Allah but there are differences in their attributes. In Christianity we believe in a knowable personal relationship with God our Creator. Muslams considered it blasphemous to "presume" that one can know Allah intimately or claim any sort of close, personal fellowship with him. They do not believe that Allah would lower himself to come to earth to mingle with humans, to have a loving and forgiving relationship with man. Christianity believe that God the Creator took on flesh as a man named Jesus, walked among men and died on a cross for our salvation and forgiveness of our sins, by His grace and mercy so we can continue to have a relationship with God even through eternity.

Techfan, you may be of the opinion that the God of Christianity and the God of Islam are one in the same but it appears the two religions only agree that their is a supreme deity but they are not the same.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 09:09 am
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The God of Abraham. Jehovah

The God of Abraham. Jehovah and Allah are one in the same.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/19/12 - 09:10 am
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When I observe lent, I use

When I observe lent, I use one of those tape rollers.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/19/12 - 09:16 am
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Still,no allah joke!

Still,no allah joke!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/19/12 - 09:20 am
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Can you prove Techfan that

Can you prove Techfan that they are the same because everything I read concerning the characteristics of the deity and what they represent are two different concepts. An apple and an orange can be called a fruit but they are totally different.....

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 09:22 am
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MONDAY 8:00 - "Husseinfeld"

MONDAY
8:00 - "Husseinfeld"
8:30 - "Mad About Everything"
9:00 - "Suddenly Sanctions"
9:30 - "The Brian Benben Bin Laden Show"
10:00 - "Allah McBeal"
TUESDAY:
8:00 - "Wheel of Terror and Fortune"
8:30 - "The Price is Right If Osama Says It's Right"
9:00 - "Children Are Forbidden From Saying The Darndest Things"
9:30 - "Afganistan's Wackiest Public Execution Bloopers"
10:00 - "Buffy The Infidel Slayer"

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 - "U.S. Military Secrets Revealed"
8:30 - "When The Northern Alliance Attacks"
9:00 - "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pita Bread"
9:30 - "Just Shoot Everyone"
10:00 - "Veilwatch"

THURSDAY:
8:00 - "Matima Loves Chachi"
8:30 - "M*U*S*T*A*S*H"
9:00 - "Veronica's Closet Full of Long, Black, Shapeless Dresses and Veils"
9:30 - "My Two Baghdads"
10:00 - "Diagnosis: Heresy"

FRIDAY:
8:00 - "Judge Laden"
8:30 - "Funniest Super 8 Home Movies"
9:00 - "Captured Northern Alliance Rebels Say the Darndest Things"
9:30 - "Achmed's Creek"
10:00 - "No-witness News"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/19/12 - 09:24 am
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TechFan, you have too much

TechFan, you have too much time on your hands.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/19/12 - 09:35 am
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For a second there i thought

For a second there i thought you were talking our hussein and his administration! Had me going for just a second. As far as an allah joke,pretty lame.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 09:36 am
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Courtesy of Comedy Central.

Courtesy of Comedy Central.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 09:40 am
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"And in their footsteps We

"And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah". Qur'an Surah 5:46

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/19/12 - 09:44 am
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Well I could counteract that

Well I could counteract that with scripture from the Bible......doesn't make the two dieties the same. I already stated that Islam does not believe that Jesus was God incarnate, came down to earth in the form of a man. They just think Jesus was a prophet. Christianity believes that Jesus was God incarnate, came to earth in human form, died on a cross, and rose on the third day. He appeared to many and then ascended into heaven so quoting scripture does not prove they are the same deity. If characteristics and value of something are different, they are not the same.

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Fundamental_Arminian 02/19/12 - 09:45 am
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Techfan, the Quran says that

Techfan, the Quran says that Allah has no son and that Jesus wasn't killed or resurrected. It also says the doctrine of the Trinity is blasphemous.

Clearly Allah is not the God of the Bible, nor is the Jesus of Islam the Jesus of Christianity.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/19/12 - 09:48 am
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The Jews aren't big on the

The Jews aren't big on the trinity or the whole Jesus thing either. I guess their God isn't the God of the Bible either.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/19/12 - 09:55 am
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The difference in the Jews

The difference in the Jews and Christianity is that the Jews believe in the same characteristics of God of the Bible as Christians, but some are still looking for the Messiah to come.

As with Islam, the characteristics of God and His nature are totally different that what the Jews and Christians believe. Personally I think it is wonderful that there is a God who loves me enough to have a personal relationship with me, someone I can go to for strength and healing when I need it, someone who loved me enough to die for me so that this relationship can continue here on earth and also in eternity.

Tech, if you wish to believe they are one in the same God, that is your choice. Guess we will all know who is correct when we breathe our last breath.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/19/12 - 10:09 am
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“Abraham the father of three

“Abraham the father of three faiths, two of them total rubbish...”

- Betty Bowers (America’s Best Christian) Explains Traditional Marriage to Everyone Else

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions#God

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/19/12 - 11:06 am
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The AC only posts these types
Unpublished

The AC only posts these types of letters because they know it will get close to a hundred hits.

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Jane18 02/19/12 - 11:44 am
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ICL, I agree with you! It's

ICL, I agree with you! It's a shame that some will argue against and about the The LORD. The one thing I would like to clear up about the LTE is---it is not easter! It is Passover. The word in Acts12:4 is pascha,which means the Passover*. It was translated incorrectly, and not but one scholar that I have ever read about, has interpreted it as it should be. Why? Why do the pastors, priests, reverends not tell us of this? Surely they learned in divinity school, or did they???? Some of you know that word easter comes from a pagan goddess of fertility by the name of Ishtar and the fertility rites they observed--not a good thing! *Jesus became our Passover, the blood sacrifice for all. 1Cor.5:7...........For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us....

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faithson 02/19/12 - 12:54 pm
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Two points: #1: The old

Two points: #1: The old testament is a synopsis of the 'evolution' of the God concept in human culture, culminating in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth about the 'Father', a creditable source, if not only for the magnanimity of His effect on Human civilization over 2000 years. #2: There is NO sacrifice in the slaying of Jesus of Nazareth. NONE. It was a political killing that the jewish nation paid for in full around 90 AD with the complete destruction of Jeruselem. The concept of 'sacrifice' comes from St. Paul's instructions to his peers, A JEWISH constant that Jesus of Nazareth found a hindrance to man's relationship with His Father. Just as Islam has it's demands of 'human origin', so does the Christian church demand 'human ordinances'. As far as lent goes, having participated all my life, my wife and I always partake in some manner... this year is going to be, cigarette cessation.

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Sweet son 02/19/12 - 02:19 pm
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@bjphysics, you had the best

@bjphysics, you had the best comment when you referenced the tape roller for lent. Whoever needed a smile today should have gotten one as did I.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 02/19/12 - 04:29 pm
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The Jews aren't big on the

    The Jews aren't big on the trinity or the whole Jesus thing either. I guess their God isn't the God of the Bible either (Techfan).

Actually, I think you're right. Jesus told the religious leaders of his day, "Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also" (John 8:19 Authorized Version). The Kabbalah's concept of God as En Sof is quite different from the presentation of God in the Bible. Of course, not all Jews are big on or even familiar with the Kabbalah.

In Bible times, Jews weren't opposed to the idea that God has a Son (Proverbs 30:4). Since Moses Maimonides, however, Jews have insisted that God is yachid (an absolutely unity) instead of echad (possibly a compound unity).

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howcanweknow 02/19/12 - 05:36 pm
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I think we've discussed

I think we've discussed issue, even with Techfan, many times before. But, people don't (or won't) learn the truth. It's all about Jesus. To Christians, Jesus is God incarnate. To Jews, Jesus was a good man, but a false Messiah. To Muslims, Jesus was a respected prophet, but was only a second-rate prophet compared to Muhammad. To call Jesus "God" is the ultimate blasphemy.

To call the Christian God the same as Allah reveals a superficial and incomplete understanding. Please review the evidence and think a little before you make rather silly comments like that.

jic
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jic 02/19/12 - 06:55 pm
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What do you mean "review the
Unpublished

What do you mean "review the evidence?" What part of "Abrahamic faiths" do you not understand? It doesn't matter whether you subscribe to Christian, Jewish or Islam. They have related historical roots. It is not an issue of one being "superior" to the other. Everyone who subscribes to one of these faiths can believe whatever they want about "superiority" if that is what floats their boat. Fortunately, most folks in all three faiths have more humility than that. What a great editorial and a ridiculous discussion. I'm just sorry this was not posted in the religion section where it belongs.

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KSL 02/19/12 - 07:39 pm
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Tech, the God of Abraham,

Tech, the God of Abraham, Jehovah, and Allah may be historicallly one and the ssme, you know as well as I they did not demand the same things of their followers.

impossible
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impossible 02/19/12 - 08:29 pm
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Father Lubinsky has given all
Unpublished

Father Lubinsky has given all people of good will a needed reminder to use Lent as a time for increased personal holiness and preparation for Easter. He does his good work knowing full well that it might be attacked by such as some herein. Way to be, Father.

Howcanweknow and InChristLove. I see you are still casting pearls. How courageous and longsuffering of you to remain in this "world." It's refreshing to also see that you are not "of it." Take a moment to respoond to the inanities in the comments about Dr. Albert's letter.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 02/19/12 - 11:10 pm
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JIC says, "It doesn't matter

JIC says, "It doesn't matter whether you subscribe to Christian, Jewish or Islam." That is a very dangerous statement, and belies just the superficial understanding I was referring to. It does matter, because these 3 faiths are not the same. They stand for different principles and worship different beings. Salvation is also very different among these three faiths. Humility has nothing to do with it; it's just a simple review of the facts.

I didn't say one faith was superior to the other (although, I'm a Christian for good reasons). The point was that these are very different faiths which cannot be homogenized.

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