Easter is coming!

Spring is upon us and that means getting our yards and gardens ready for new life to spring forth from the ground. More importantly, the season of Lent is quickly moving towards Good Friday and the hope of Easter. Lent is when we do the hard work of cleaning up and tilling our soul for the new thing God wants to do in our lives. Here are a few ideas for these last two weeks of Lent so you will be ready for Good Friday and Easter.

  1. Memorize Isaiah 52:13-53:13, two to three verses a day and God will plant a tree of truth in your mind that will bear fruit in you for years to come.
  2. Go back and review all of your “Seven” message notes. Then slowly read and reflect upon the Seven last phrases Jesus spoke from the cross.
  3. Between now and Good Friday, write and mail at least three letters, not texts or emails, blessing, affirming and praying for someone you know who needs encouragement.
  4. Every day between now and Easter, set aside five to ten minutes in your daily time with God to examine yourself and your life. Ask God if there any changes you need to make.
  5. Over the next two weeks, commit to fasting two or three times for 16 hours, or more, reading scripture about the suffering of Christ when you feel hunger pains.
  6. Prepare a meal or desert and deliver to someone who might be lonely or recovering from some life set back.
  7. If you have not yet decided where you are going to serve on Easter, click here to determine where you will help us prepare for and host the great Easter celebration.
  8. Begin to ask God who you need to invite to join you for Good Friday and Easter Worship. Write down the names God brings to mind and determine when and how you are going to invite so they feel wanted and cared for, not badgered or pressured.
  9. Daily pray God will show up in a loving and powerful way in our Good Friday and Easter services, touching and changing lives with his love and grace.

I can’t wait for Easter, but there is no resurrection without the cross.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I Corinthians 1:18

I am praying for you. Please pray for me.

 

Rick

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