Second Sunday of Lent: Pastor recalls worshipping with Christians in Ukraine

While views on Lent vary from denomination to denomination, nearly all believers agree that setting aside a period of time to honor and remember the sacrifice of our savior is indispensable to the Christian life,Pastor Lucas Miles, a faculty member at Summit Ministries and the pastor of Nfluence Church in Granger, 印第安那州, 在接受采访时告诉 Fox News Digital.

the war in Ukraine rages on, the pastor noted that in 2018, he was part of a special religious delegation that traveled to 乌克兰 to celebrate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

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I remember being amazed at the massive reception we received of nearly 200,000 Christians gathering to celebrate their freedom in Christ,” Miles said.

今年, 他说, as believers worldwide celebrate Lent, 我们应该 “especially remember our brothers and sisters in Christ affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

This map shows Russia's invasion of Ukraine as of Friday, 游行 11, 2022. The areas in red indicate the parts of the country that Russian forces have secured.

This map shows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as of Friday, 游行 11, 2022. The areas in red indicate the parts of the country that Russian forces have secured. (福克斯新闻)

Miles said that Lent is a good time to meditate on God’s promises. At the heart of Lent is the idea of covenant, or promise from God to man, 他指出.

Looking at Old Testament tradition and scripture, Miles pointed to Genesis 15:6, in which God establishes a covenant with Abram: “Abram believed the Lord, 和他 [上帝] credited it to him as righteousness.

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过度 2,000 years before Christ’s birth, Miles said, the scriptures foreshadow the gift of righteousness available through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Miles explained the Old Testament history of covenant, noting that in those times, “a blood covenant was a binding agreement between two parties. 一起, they would dig a shallow trench into the earth and line it with the carcasses of slain sacrificial animals.

A man is shown deep in prayer in this image. During Lent, Christians all over the world reflect on the life of Jesus and all that he gave us through his sacrifice on the cross.

A man is shown deep in prayer in this image. During Lent, Christians all over the world reflect on the life of Jesus and all that he gave us through his sacrifice on the cross.

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