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Category Archives: Lent

Video: Telling the Last Supper Story in Rocks

Watch this touching stop-action video of “rocks crying out” presenting the story of the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples in the upper room in the days prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. It’s produced by Patti Rokus, author of the book, He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter (Zonderkidz, 2019). John […]

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Why Is Good Friday Called Good?

Sorrow to the Point of Death While urging his disciples to stay and keep watch with him, Jesus tells them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). Can any of us imagine this? Jesus understood the full extent of what was going to happen to him (John 18:4), and […]

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Video: Telling the Palm Sunday Story in Rocks

Watch this endearing stop-action video of “rocks crying out” presenting the life-changing story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey in the days prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. It’s produced by Patti Rokus, author of the book, He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter (Zonderkidz, 2019). Luke 19:35-36 (NIrV) They threw […]

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Why Satan’s Temptation of Jesus Failed

By Dallas Willard Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him…. Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where […]

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What Is the Significance of Ashes in the Bible?

On Ash Wednesday—the first of the 40-day season of Lent—many Christ-followers commemorate the passage to Easter with meditation and repentance. And some also mark the day by spreading ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Throughout Scripture, ashes are an important symbol of grief and repentance—a substance, like dust, to which our […]

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Walk with Christ to the Cross

Lent begins on March 6th this year with Ash Wednesday, and it’s almost in sight. It’s a season of reflection and meditation, a perfect time to renew our knowledge of and devotion to God’s Word just as Psalm 119:15 instructs: I meditate on your precepts     and consider your ways. (NIV) For many centuries, Christians have used the season […]

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Passion Week Timeline: Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. Today we remember the agony experienced by Jesus in his death on the cross, crucified by Roman soldiers. As he hung there he uttered “seven last sayings:” “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34 “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” Luke 23:43 “Woman, behold […]

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Passion Week Timeline: Wednesday

We’re in the middle of looking at the biblical day-by-day chronology of events of Passion Week, also known as Holy Week. See the events of Monday and Tuesday. For the Infographic detailing the entire week, see our Holy Week Timeline, which we encourage you to download, print, and share with your church or community. Browse […]

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10 Bible Verses to Contemplate on Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday—the first day of the season of Lent in the Western church—and millions of Christians around the world are observing the beginning of the 40-day journey to Easter Sunday. During the Lenten season, followers of Christ focus on the repentance of our sins in anticipation of the astounding forgiveness that Easter represents. [Prepare […]

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Prepare for Easter with Free Email Lent Devotionals

Lent is the season in the church calendar that marks 40 days prior to Easter. It begins in 2018 on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and ends on Holy Saturday, Mar. 31. The word Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen.’ The event is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Lent […]

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