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Holy Week

We Have to 'Abandon Every False Way of Obtaining Love'

We Have to 'Abandon Every False Way of Obtaining Love'

We have focused this week on the work of the Holy Spirit during Holy Week. Let’s close today’s reflection with the fact that the Spirit not only convicts us of the sins for which Jesus died (John 16:8), but he also participates in our forgiveness and restoration “by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

Christians Should Strive to Live a Quiet Life

Christians Should Strive to Live a Quiet Life

Author John Mark Comer notes that Jesus lived by the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude, Sabbath, simplicity, and “slowing,” which John Ortberg defines as “cultivating patience by deliberately choosing to place ourselves in positions where we simply have to wait.” In response, Comer says he has reorganized his life around three simple goals: slowing down, simplifying his life around the practices of Jesus, and living from a center of abiding in Christ.

5 Ways We Can (and Should!) Keep Celebrating Easter after the Actual Day

5 Ways We Can (and Should!) Keep Celebrating Easter after the Actual Day

You can always tell that Christmas is coming, even before it’s close. Radio stations start playing Christmas carols before we’ve even eaten all the Halloween candy, and commercials beckon us to start our shopping before we’ve even bought our Thanksgiving turkeys. Our nativity scenes are set up for weeks, and our advent calendars keep us counting down to the day baby Jesus entered our world. Christmas isn’t celebrated on just one day-- it gets a whole, long season.

Easter on the other hand? Usually, Christians dress up for one fancy Sunday service and forget about it all days later.

“Why do we spend an entire season of the year thinking about and celebrating Christmas, but just a weekend thinking about and celebrating the impact of the resurrection,” Trevin Wax asks.

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Three Stories of Good News for the Church in the Culture

Three Stories of Good News for the Church in the Culture

On this day of Holy Week, Jesus wanted silence. The gospels record no activities on this Wednesday. As best we can tell, he spent the day with his disciples at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany, a village two miles east of Jerusalem. Solitude with his Father was Jesus’ consistent pattern, from early in the morning (Mark 1:35) to evening (Matthew 14:23) and through the night (Luke 6:12).

This Year Easter Will Feel More Like Passover

This Year Easter Will Feel More Like Passover

This year the Exodus story will mirror the experience of millions across the globe who are staying inside their homes, praying that death will pass them by and that God will once more provide deliverance.

Making an Authentic Maundy Thursday Today

Making an Authentic Maundy Thursday Today

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey is right: “Life is too short, so let’s do everything we can today to help people now.” This principle applies especially to Christians, for we are called to follow the example of the One who gave his life to help all of humanity.

Is the Government Violating Religious Freedom by Restricting Church Services? A Holy Wednesday Invitation to Solitude

Is the Government Violating Religious Freedom by Restricting Church Services? A Holy Wednesday Invitation to Solitude

Some claim that governmental restrictions on worship services are an infringement of religious liberty and a violation of the separation of church and state. Others disagree, noting that such prohibitions do not single out religious gatherings but include all events at which people could become infected with coronavirus. Still, others claim that church services should be classified as “essential” functions and allowed to continue under social distancing guidelines.

A Holy Tuesday Invitation to Risk-Taking Faith that Changes Eternity

A Holy Tuesday Invitation to Risk-Taking Faith that Changes Eternity

When we are focused fully on the Son and visible to others, we will reflect the light of his love to our dark world. And just as the moonscape is clearer to us as it draws nearer to us, the closer we are to others, the more they will see Jesus’ light in us.

Donald Trump Tunes into Online Church as Holy Week Begins amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Donald Trump Tunes into Online Church as Holy Week Begins amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As Holy Week begins in the midst of a global pandemic, on Saturday, President Trump took to Twitter to share that he would be participating in online to church on Sunday.

A Holy Monday Invitation to the Cleansing Power of Jesus

A Holy Monday Invitation to the Cleansing Power of Jesus

Our Lord entered Jerusalem triumphantly on Palm Sunday (Mark 11:1-10), then spent the night in Bethany (vv. 11–12). On Holy Monday, he cursed a barren fig tree as a symbol of the “fruitless” nation of Israel (vv. 12–14; cf. Jeremiah 8:13; Micah 7:1). He next drove moneychangers from the temple (Mark 11:15-18).

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