40 Days of Something

Many people use the season of Lent to focus on one particular spiritual discipline. Maybe these three ideas and experiences can inspire you.

Join one family that journaled their gratitude for 40 days.

What might happen if you read the entire Bible in 40 days like Margaret? (The link includes a plan.)

Or, be challenged by Pope Francis to fast from something other than chocolate this season.

Lenten Devotionals

Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation leading up to Easter. In case you are looking for a way to focus your spiritual life during this season, we’ve got a few items for you to consider.

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Here are 40 ideas on how to mark the season.

Have children? This site has resources to help you celebrate and grow as a family.

Finally, it’s worth taking a moment to read “Not Your Typical Ash Wednesday.”

Photo by Jamie. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

“When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”

We’re continuing to take some time reflecting on what being united with Christ means for us as Christians by studying Colossians 3.1-17. Last Sunday we considered what it means for Christians to be united with Jesus’ return and what happens to us at the final judgment.

One thing Scripture makes clear in its teaching on the subject: everyone faces the final judgment. We Christians, however, face that judgment without fear because of “The One Reason We Are Worthy.”

We are “Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ” and seek to live the life our new clothes describe–living with integrity— as citizens of the kingdom of God which Jesus so aptly described in the Sermon on the Mount (among other places). By living through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, we prepare to welcome Jesus back to earth.

In all these things, Christ’s glory shines and we are caught up in the light.

“Seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” part 2

We continued to explore what it means to be united with Christ’s ascension to heaven on Sunday as part of our series based on Colossians 3.1-17. Towards the end of the message, which you can here on our current series site (Feb 1), Pastor Chelsey reminded us because Christ reigns in heaven, we have been

made a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and [we] will reign on earth.

-Revelation 5.10

Since we believe that we live in the already-but-not-yet kingdom of God, what does our reign on earth look like right now? It looks like the reign of one who has been clothed with the new self and its practices: with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,  patience, forgiveness, love, led by the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts. (Col 3.12-15)

Here’s a few examples to help you imagine what it actually looks like:
From the letter to Philemon in Scripture, we picture forgiveness.
From Jenn, we’re encouraged to ‘wear’ mercy more often.
From the Communities First Association, a story of how a community answered the question, “How could this place be more like heaven?” in order to serve God.