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Holy Week and Easter: The People, Places, and Events

Easter is the most significant event in the Christian church calendar. In fact, it’s fair to say that without the events of Holy Week, there wouldn’t be a Christian church, or a Christian faith. Easter is the reason the Christian church exists! Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his execution on […]

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The Bible Verses of Easter Week

What follows is a day-by-day biblical account of the time leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, assembled by Russ Ramsey (@russramsey), assistant pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee. This timeline reflects one possible breakdown of the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, based on the author’s best synthesis of the four […]

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Gain Something For Lent (Don’t Just Give Something Up)

We’re nearly a week into the season of Lent. Did you commit to “give something up” during Lent? It’s a common practice during the Easter season, but it can certainly be a challenge to give up a long-held habit or activity, whether the change is major (giving up a deeply-ingrained habit) or relatively minor (staying […]

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How You Can Observe Lent

Today is Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday), the day before Lent begins! Fat Tuesday isn’t associated with a specific event or story in the Bible, but it’s traditionally a day when Christians planning to observe Lent would prepare for that 40-day period of fasting and reflection. How will you observe Lent this year? If […]

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Draw Closer to Jesus During Lent With Our Free Lent & Easter Devotions

Lent is the season of reflection and repentance leading up to Easter. You’re invited to draw closer to Jesus during the Easter season with the insights of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dallas Willard and others. As we do each year, we’ve put together a series of email devotionals to walk you through the season of Lent. This […]

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Is Easter Based on a Pagan Holiday?

Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? We’re asked these questions each year during Lent. We’ve asked Mel Lawrenz, […]

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Ash Wednesday: A Call to Repentance

Lent is here! Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, and around the world, millions of Christians are beginning a 40-day journey of reflection toward Easter. The Lenten season is focused on reflection and repentance—of acknowledgement of our sins in anticipation of the forgiveness that Easter represents. In this spirit, […]

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Survey: How Will You Observe Lent?

Lent begins tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday. While there’s no biblical mandate to observe the Lenten season, many Christians choose to do so as a way of focusing on Jesus Christ during the journey to Easter. Will you join them this year? Share your Lent plans in the survey below. If you need some ideas for […]

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How Can You Observe Lent This Year?

Have you thought about observing Lent this year? There’s no Scriptural requirement to observe Lent—ultimately, it’s just the six week lead-up to Easter Sunday in the church calendar—but many Christians find it helpful and inspirational to observe the Lent season in some way. Generally speaking, when people observe Lent, they commit to a spiritual activity—prayer, […]

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Easter is Coming! Journey to Easter with our Lent Devotions

Easter is coming! It’s hard to believe, but the season of Lent—the 40-day stretch leading up to Easter Sunday—begins in just a few weeks. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, arrives on February 10. While not every Christian tradition observes Lent, many Christians use this stretch of time to renew their focus on Jesus […]

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