If you weren’t brought up in a denominational church you may never have celebrated Lent. You may not even know what the word means! Charismatic and Pentecostal believers don’t really talk about it and it’s not something you often hear about on Christian TV. In fact, as our Jewish roots have been restored through our Messianic brothers and sisters, you may be more inclined to participate in the Feasts of Israel, including Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. So what is Lent and why does it matter? And why the emphasis on Lent on GOD TV at the moment?Firstly let’s look at the question, why is Lent a foreign word to some Christians? This is simply because many interdenominational churches don’t follow a weekly liturgy based on a church calendar. This is due to an historic break with tradition many years go,  including the observance of some ‘holy days’. This break may have been valid at the time, but perhaps it’s time to reconsider these days by revisiting their spiritual significance.So, yes, many believers today may celebrate Christmas and Easter, but for the rest of the year, they don’t have a set agenda. In contrast, denominational churches have many traditions that include an annual roll out of special days including Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. These are not days some believers may be familiar with, although everyone knows Palm Sunday and Good Friday. And just because we don’t use these terms it doesn’t mean we don’t value what they stand for. For example, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper. We may not remember that annually but we do remember it frequently every time we take communion.
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