Serve Time In The Penitentiary

He went about the entire region of the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance

Luke 3:3
Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Week/Year

Second Sunday of Advent,

Sermon Topic


One way to prepare properly for the coming of Christ in this Advent Season is to serve time in the penitentiary. I use the word “penitentiary” in its original sense, not in its present sense. For a long time in the life of the Church there was a strong emphasis on the need for repentance. A person who was working on repentance in his or her life, was given some form of penance to perform. It might have been a fast for two or three days, or a lengthy period of prayer. It was understood that it would be difficult for a penitent to perform the penance within the context of his or her usual routine. Consequently, every Church was…

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