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1 Cary W = "Lent is all about Baptism!  The reminder that when we believed in Christ, we actually align with His death and resurrection, leaving all worldliness and things of men aside, and taking on the sole identity of Christ alone."
2 Cary W = "Lent is a time to totally focus on the dying we are doing as follow only Christ, so that in supreme surrender of everything and everyone, we may also rise into the newness of life, beholding our New Man in Christ, having our old identity of death, sickness and sin far behind."
3 Cary W = "Why must we die to our self?  Because as adults, we think we can know God by studying words and following rituals.  Yet Jesus was clear that unless we are born again, from above, and become as new as a baby, knowing nothing, being empty of all pretense, we become open, and receptive to God revealing Himself to us.  Apart from our own self effort or work."