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Category Archives: Easter

The Fools and Villains of Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the bleakest moment in the Gospel story. Have you read the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution? Do you know why it’s relevant to us today?

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Maundy Thursday and the Command to Love

You’re probably familiar with Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday—the three most prominent days of Holy Week. But how much do you know about Maundy Thursday (that’s today!)?

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Bible Verses for Holy Week

Here are portions of Scripture to help us focus our attention during each day of Holy Week. PALM SUNDAY Philippians 2:5-11: Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking […]

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How Do We Know That Jesus Was the Messiah? A Look at Old Testament Prophecy and Jesus

How do we know that Jesus was the Messiah—the long-awaited Son of God who would reconcile humans to their Creator? The basic tenets of Christianity are so well-known at this point that it’s easy to lose fact of the sheer audacity of their central premise: that a humble man born in a small town thousands […]

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Holy Week, Day By Day

The real drama of the Easter season is about to begin: Palm Sunday (that’s this coming Sunday) is the start of what is often called “Holy Week”—the final days leading up to Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. The account of Holy Week makes for a very exciting read—partly because of the spiritual importance behind its […]

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Are You Ready for Lent?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent! In many Christian traditions, Ash Wednesday is a day of reflection and repentance. You might even see a few people tomorrow with the symbol of the cross drawn on their foreheads in ash—a common practice in Ash Wednesday worship and prayer services. (Your church might be hosting […]

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Just in Time for Lent: Our Easter Devotions Are Here

Lent is coming! The season of Lent—the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday—begins next week on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Christians around the world, from many different theological traditions, observe Lent in a variety of ways. Some commit to daily Scripture meditation, devotional reading, or regular prayer. One common practice during Lent is to “give […]

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Go and Make Disciples: Remembering Jesus’ Ascension

Today is Ascension Day! Join us in celebrating the final scene of Jesus’ ministry on earth: his ascension to heaven.

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The “Who, What, Where, and When” of Holy Week

This single week of time is the busiest, most dramatic, and most documented period of Jesus’ life on Earth… but there’s so much going on (documented across four different Gospel sources) that it can be confusing to track all of the people, factions, and events in the story. Here’s a chart to help keep track of the many different elements of the Easter story.

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Lent Reflection: The Sting of Death

Nobody thinks of Lent as a cheery part of the church calendar. Yes, there is joy to be found in the expectation of Jesus’ eventual resurrection on Easter—but there is much darkness to travel through first. There are the grim events of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and execution. And there is the sobering reality of our […]

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