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In the Midst of Lent

In the Midst of Lent

It seems as if everyone has an idea of how to make Lent a time of meaning - publishers, scholars, ministers and musicians. Each of them sharing what the season means to them – both challenging and encouraging others to join their journey.

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How Do We Respond to Jesus? [Free Movie Resources]

How Do We Respond to Jesus? [Free Movie Resources]

Imagine what it must have been like being Mary and Joseph and parenting the young Jesus. Imagine that you are a cousin of Jesus and you know his true identity even when you are both children. Imagine that you are a Roman soldier charged with killing anyone who is a threat to the Roman Empire and King Herod. How would you respond?

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Finding Mercy this Lent [Free Journal Article]

Finding Mercy this Lent [Free Journal Article]

Lent has this tendency to surprise me.  It seems to just come out of nowhere.  And with little less than a week away from Ash Wednesday, I find myself in the same situation.  

Each year I embark on Lent as some great adventure that will help me encounter God in new and surprising ways.  As I'm still discerning what practices to take on this Lent, the theme of mercy has piqued my interest.  With all the lively buzz around the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I want this Lent to reflect this important time.  Not that mercy isn't important during other times of the year, but this Jubilee Year is an important reminder of the challenge of being a Christian.  It's about giving and loving when it's inconvenient.  It's about not counting the cost in serving others.  It's about recognizing Jesus in every person we meet.

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