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Pastor Gilbert and Mt. Gilead are featured in a PBS TV segment of “We Meet Again: Heroes of 9/11,” WETA, Episode 4. Click the following link to the episode. http://www.pbs.org/meet-again/home/#.WogSmJra0JU.mailto
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Posted: February 14
From the Desk of the Pastor Rev. Leroy Gilbert, Ph.D. Observance of Lent 2018 Dear Mt. Gilead Family and Friends Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season. Some non-liturgical churches often do not have a custom of observing Lent. We at Mt. Gilead put emphasis on the observance of Lent because we appreciate and take seriously what God wants us to do during the 40-days leading up to Easter. Lent and fasting seem to go together naturally in some Christian churches, while others consider this form of self-denial a personal, private matter. Fasting, in general, is a form of self-denial and most often it refers to eating food. However, in a spiritual fast, such as during Lent, the purpose is to show restraint and self-control. Fasting is a spiritual discipline intended to allow each person to focus more closely on their relationship with God without the distractions of worldly desires. Fasting does not necessarily mean that you cannot eat anything during the fast. Instead, many people place restrictions on specific foods such as meats or sweets. In some churches, and for many individual believers, fasting may extend beyond food. For instance, you might consider abstaining from a vice like smoking or drinking, or pastimes, or refrain from a hobby you enjoy, or not indulge in activities like watching television, playing video games, or only use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for emergencies, and etc. The point is to redirect your attention from temporary satisfactions so you are better able to concentrate on God. If you are addicted to something, Lent is a good time to offer whatever it is to God during this 40-day period of fasting. For instance, I love eating ice cream and ice; I have almost become addicted to eating ice. Nevertheless, during this Lenten period, I will refrain from eating ice cream and ice. Instead, I will concentrate on enjoying the pleasures of God’s delectable word. I challenge you to deny yourself of something this Lent to focus more closely on surrendering your all to the Lord. Fill in Your Fast Often believers give up negative things or vices during Lent. However, have you considered abstaining from something in your life that is good and nourishing and just fine? Perhaps, that is the very thing you need to sacrifice to God. Maybe you know already--if so, write it down right now. Or take a few minutes to contemplate on what it could be. With a little reflection, you will surely know the path of fasting that you need to choose. It may be something traditional, such as observing the dietary fasts that Christians have done for years. It may be something that is unique to you. Either way, give it up for Lent and the glory of God. Pastor Leroy Gilbert email@example.com