So in response to this message, and as noted within the message. Here are some applications to preparing for Easter:
Lent in 2020 begins on February 26. Depending on what tradition you follow it is either 40 days or 46 days. The main reason and point of Lent is to prepare your heart for the Celebration of Easter, and to give more attention to the life, death and resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. There are so many ways to participate in the practice of Lent. Actively doing things helps to prepare your heart. Here are some ideas:
- Fasting from food, from a certain activity, or media activity in order to give more time to focus on prayer and reflection. Maybe fasting one day a week, or one meal a week or any variation. If fasting is new to you, don’t go all out, start small.
- Devotional & Bible Reading Guides to focus on the Easter Season
- Devotional guide from Pastor Curt Erb (at the Welcome Centre) or see attachment above.
- Find online many devotional guides that can be emailed daily to you.
- The Daily Bread Devotional is available at the Welcome Centre
- Reading one or two of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John): read one chapter per day.
- Reading some good books that talk about Jesus and his life, death and resurrection. Below is a small list of some good books. If you have read them before, maybe read them again.
- Max Lucado
- “No Wonder they call Him Savior”
- “He Chose the Nails”
- “Six Hours One Friday”
- “And the Angels Were Silent: The Final week of Jesus”
- Philip Yancey “The Jesus I Never Knew”
- Leith Anderson “Jesus: An Intimate Portrait”
- Watching some good movies on the Life of Christ
- The Jesus Film (1979)
- The Passion (with caution due to the graphic nature of movie. I do not recommend children nor Junior High students to watch at all.)
- Son of God (2014)
- Risen (2016) (some caution due to some violence)
Be sure to check out our Church Library, there are many great books and movies, and especially for children. If you are not sure about any of the suggestions above, just give any of our pastors a call and we can help you. The point is being intentional about your relationship with Jesus, using this season. Here’s to Happy Easter!