Season 15: Lent Week 3 | Seeking God While He May Be Found

This week Ruth and Steve address the temptation to invest in that which does not satisfy. So many of us leaders find ourselves turning towards escapist behaviors in our exhaustion and grief. How do we discern between what is distracting and what is satisfying? How can we abstain in order to give time to that which is most life-giving? How do we cultivate our freedom and choose our hearts’ deepest desire through fasting? Ruth and Steve discuss all this and more in this episode.

Lectionary Readings for the third Sunday of Lent, Cycle C:
Isaiah 55:1-9  •  Psalm 63:1-8  •  1 Corinthians 10:1-13  • Luke 13:1-9


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Mentioned in the episode:
Show Me the Way by Henri Nouwen

Additional Resources:
Fasting by Scot McKnight
Fasting: Spiritual Freedom Beyond Our Appetites  by Lynne Baab

Find all of our lent resources here.
Practicing Lent for spiritual leaders with books Ruth recommends for Lent
Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

Music Credit:
Kingdom Come by Aaron Niequist
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus from Lent Music In Solitude

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