The link at the top, “Lent Reading Calendar” is a daily Bible Reading calendar for the Lent season.
Topeka Free Methodist Church, a member of Harvester’s network, will hold a Mobile Food Pantry in Topeka on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 9:00am. Plan to arrive by 9:00 (or before) since we often run out of food by 10:00. The food pantry will be held in the church’s parking lot: 3450 SE Indiana Ave. Topeka, Kansas 66605.
The Mobile Food Pantry will distribute food intended for families in need of emergency food assistance. The distribution of primarily fresh produce will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients will be asked to provide the number in the household, and volunteers will distribute food from pallets directly into vehicles.
In Scripture we see several purposes for fasting. It’s part of the discipline of self-control; it’s a way of sharing that we depend on God alone and draw all our strength and resources from him; it’s a way of focusing totally on him when seeking his guidance and help, and of showing that you really are in earnest in your quest; it’s also, at times, an expression of sorrow and deep repentance, something that a person or community will do in order to acknowledge failure before God and seek his mercy.
We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship. When friends need to be together, they will cancel all other activities in order to make that possible. There’s nothing magical about fasting. It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have cancelled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfill that priority. – J. I. Packer