Emptied & Humbled: Spider-man 2 – Identity

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This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Who are you? If you are like me, there is a certain tension to your answer.

I am a husband, a father, a son, and a brother. I am an employee and a volunteer. I am a writer and a poet. I am a dreamer and a procrastinator (not a good combination). I joke with my wife that I am a lover who can fight and a fighter who can love. I am a sinner and I am a saint. I am a Christian and an heir with Christ, but I am also a working stiff chasing the American Dream.

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Emptied & Humbled: Spider-man 2 – Death

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

“But (Jesus) emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:7-8

Lent is about choice and sacrifice. Sometimes the choices and sacrifices are small (time, money, wants), but sometimes they are huge.

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Peter Parker wanted a job, a girlfriend and to get good grades in school. All of these are good things.

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Emptied & Humbled: Spider-man 2 – Sacrifice

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

We make sacrifices every day. Every time we make a choice – and we make choices every day – we make a sacrifice. We often choose one thing at the cost – or sacrifice – of another. We choose one thing over something else.

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Lent is a time of sacrifice.

While most of us will never have to pay the ultimate sacrifice, we all make smaller sacrifices every day.

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Emptied & Humbled: Spider-man 2 – Choice

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

We all make choices. Do you choose to serve yourself or do you choose to serve others?

Yep, this is hanging in my living room.

Lent is about choice. We choose what to give up as a way to remember and observe what Jesus choose to give up for us. We choose to give something up/fast as a way to remove those things that stand between God and us.

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Emptied & Humbled: Fat Tuesday

Sharing Lent with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

I did not grow up observing Lent.

It is, however, something that my wife and I have added to our family devotions and to our own personal spiritual disciplines, usually in the form of some sort of fast.

You see, the time between Lent and Easter is a very important time for our family, both spiritually and personally.

Spiritually

I like Easter more than Christmas. I like that Easter is less commercial and, to me, more spiritual. Christmas is important, and I love the Christmas season, but to me Easter is crucial. Easter is where it’s at. No Easter, no Faith.

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