3 Habits of Lent

3 Habits of Lent

“Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it
unto others, and beat it into their heads continually.”

Martin luther
  • Luke 9:23-25

“And if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying
ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consist.”

Herman Melville, Moby Dick

3 Habits of Lent

  1. Giving
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9
  • Matthew 6:1
  • Matthew 6:2-4

“The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way – the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money.”

TImothy J. Keller
  • Non-Giver
  • Spontaneous
  • Regular
  • Extravagant

Malachi 3:8

Malachi 3:9-10

“When people tell me they can’t afford to tithe, “I ask them, ‘If your income was reduced by 10 percent would you die?’ They say, ‘No.’ And I say, ‘Then you’ve admitted that you can afford to tithe. It’s just that you don’t want to.’”

Randy Alcorn

“I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard
common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities [giving habits] do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities [giving] expenditure excludes them.”

c.s. lewis

2. Praying

  • Matthew 6:5-6


3. Fasting

  • Matthew 6:16-18
  • 1 Corinthians 6:13a

“We fast to nourish our hunger for God and to reduce our hunger for the world.”

John piper

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It’s not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but mindless nibbling at the table of the world.”

John piper