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The Lenten Journey 2018: Dare To Live the Truth!

Dare to Live the Truth of God’s Word! 

Beloved, dare to live the truth of God’s word everyday. The toxins of fear, doubt, shame, helplessness and hopelessness has the potential to pollute our faith. Engage in intentional prayer and fasting to clean your system of these and other toxins.

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie 

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If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

1 John 1:8-10


“This above all: to thine own self be true” is one of Shakespeare’s famous lines from Hamlet. It is considered a pearl of wisdom by scholars on living a balanced life.

There is truth in this line that applies to us as humans. A person should not deceive themselves because when you’re true to yourself you are likely to be true with others. It is not a dare but a truth encouraging a person to be honest in their ways and relationships.

The Biblical text, I John 1:8-10, indicates that if we say that we aren’t without sin, then we are lying to ourselves. The temptations of a toxic world, sometimes makes it hard for us to focus on what is good and honest in our lives and relationships. It is easier to blame someone else, then honestly look at our own lives. The text is clear, if we confess, God is faithful to forgive!

In order to live a life of Truth and Dare, instead of a life of Truth or Dare, there are a few things that we have to do!

• Pray- Prayer is the key to connecting to the cleansing power of Jesus Christ. It opens the door to      the truth available through confession and repentance, which is the forgiveness of sin sealed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. To successfully be able to win a Dare, prayer has to be key!
• Fasting- Fasting is the key to cleansing and stretching our hearts beyond the temptations of this world. It brings us closer to God! When you clean your body and your soul of the things that are toxic, you are waging war against sin and the weakness inside of you. Fasting is the cleansing that helps us move forward. Fasting allows us to live in truth. To successfully be able to win a Dare and be clean, praying and fasting are key!

While the world plays truth or dare, we as Christians ought to play Truth and Dare. We no longer want to live making pretend that we are without sin. But instead live in the truth that while we were yet sinners Jesus died for us. We can confess the sins that so easily beset us and be forgiven. That’s not only what Shakespeare said to to do, but it is what God wants us to do!

Let us pray: God, in this Lenten season, please allow us to be prayed up and actively fasting so that we can dare to be true to not only to ourselves, but also to you! In Your Name, we pray, Amen

Minister Bria Belim
This Historic Charles Street AME Church
Boston, MA


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