Lent 2011: A Period of Preparation

LentHow do you prepare for Easter? From March 9 to April 24, many followers of Jesus will participate in Lent, a time of spiritual reflection, renewal and sacrifice. Don't just give up something for Lent; take up something to focus on the person and mission of Jesus. Here are Eight Lenten Bible studies from Greek InterVarsity that are valuable in any setting, not just for students.

ACT:SOr sign up to explore faith through the lens of poverty and injustice today. Give life to gospel stories through experiential activism with Lent 2011: Relentless Acts of Justice from World Vision ACT:S.

IV PressHere's another rich resource: Preparing for Lent with Juliet Benner. "Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and the mysteries of life, death and resurrection that we celebrate during Holy Week." She recommends we spend it on a journey with Jesus, using her book, Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer.

May these weeks before Easter prepare you to "understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT). That's great news, worthy of contemplation!

Tell us how you prepare for Easter during the weeks of Lent.

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