Sometime after lent had commenced I decided that maybe I ought to try it, not that I was aware of when it started exactly, as the local church is somewhat neglected by the church authorities and don’t even have a service every Sunday; but that’s ok, the most important thing is that the church hasn’t been closed and is still standing strong, open at all times, after all these years. (It’s Norman and an absolute beauty).
Lent was interesting as it functions like a habit-breaker, I was not entirely successful but at least I gave it a go and tried my best. The biblical reason for this strange “celebration” is that Jesus was wandering around in the desert for a while and withstood temptation from the Devil 😮
I personally have not reached this section of the Bible as I’m still working my way through the Old Testament; I’ve largely been a protestant-in-name-only, (or secular protestant) my entire life, gradually turning to Christianity over the last few years. So lent was pretty new to me (just like attending Holy Communion), but a valuable lesson nonetheless.
The Church of England is struggling greatly; they don’t have enough funds to look after England’s numerous and beautiful places of worship, and most people who I’ve run into complain about dwindling numbers when it comes to attendance.
It is rather sad since England is an Anglican country and so far I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed whatever services I’ve come to; I also heard complaints about general low attendance over in Norway last time I was there. There also seem to be many women who take it upon themselves to keep the faith alive by becoming priests.
The Old Testament is proving a very interesting read as it illustrates how various tribes interact with one another; how everyone travels to Israel to shower the Jews with gifts and praise when they are strong and under tough leadership, while everyone tries to take advantage, looting and conquering the Jews once they are seen as weak! The work is repetitive, as I’ve also written in the very looooong review that I’m writing about it; it is hard to read due to the fact that it was not written to be a page turner. Names of entire Jewish families are listed over and over and over again, which certainly makes for tiresome reading. I therefore decided to check out “The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.,” just to get a more “in-depth” introduction to Jesus; in comparison to what little I already knew.
If you feel like helping persecuted Christians then please read this: “Persecuted Christians around the World.” If you live in England then maybe this will be of interest: “The Vulnerability of the Poor & Our Shared Cultural Heritage.” Here are some interesting petitions to check out: Petitions To Sign & Share.
Here are more books on spirituality & self-help:
“An Angel Saved Me” by Theresa Cheung.
\m/ Spiritus Gladius \m/
The Map of Heaven – by Dr. Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins.
Spooky Cults, Online Shaming and Alcoholism.
“Don’ts for Weddings” from 1904.
Is Christianity & Islam Compatible?
Patron Saints of Europe.
Intellectual vs. Popular vs. Physical Satanism.
St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday??????????
A History Magazine from Norway.
Ancient Greek Myths – The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.
The Odyssey – for children.
Boosting Energy So You Can Play More!
The Occult Symbolism of Led Zeppelin
How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.
Willing To Win.
Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)
Bli Best Med Mental Trening by Erik Bertrand Larssen.
The Chimp Paradox.
Live Better & Longer by Michel Cymes.
L’ Art De La Simplicité By Dominique Loreau.
The Clever Guts Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley.