Archives For 40 days

Join 50,000 People Reading Through the Gospels for Lent Beginning February 18

Imagine spending the next 40 days drinking in the teachings of Jesus, watching his jaw-dropping miracles unfold, and falling more in love with God with each turning page.

You're invited to come along as we read the Gospels during Lent 2015 beginning on February 18.

Two years ago, I prayed, “God, what do you want me to lay hold of through Lent.” I felt led to read through the entire Bible in 40 days. We posted a reading plan online and more than 5000 people downloaded it in the first few days.

Last year, I invited you to join me in reading through the entire New Testament for Lent. Friends joined in including, YouVersion, Catalyst Conference, and many more. Over 50,000 people asked to receive a copy of the reading plan.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that so many are setting apart time to dive into the Scriptures and prepare their hearts for Easter. We expect the numbers to multiply again this year, but honestly, who cares? We’re just thrilled people are committing to set apart time to seek Christ and God’s leading in their lives.

This year, I sense we’re supposed to go deeper in the Scripture during Lent and focus on the Gospels.

Matthew. Mark. Luke. John. Or as I like to say it, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.” Continue Reading...

When Does Lent 2015 Begin? The 40 Most Transformative Days of the Year

Do you really want to grow? Do you really want to change? Do you really want to experience the transformative presence of God in your life? If so…

February 18, 2015 will change everything for you.

This is the kick off of Lent—a holy season on the church calendar in which we set apart to pursue God with wholehearted abandon. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) set apart for prayer, penitence, and self-denial. This is a time designed to stir your hunger for God and lean in to hear His voice more clearly. This is a season of both repentance and the renewal of faith.

In past years for Lent, I’ve engaged in some unusual spiritual disciplines. One year, I quit prayer. Another, I waved goodbye to contempt. Two years ago, more than 10,000 people joined me in a fast, furious journey through the entire Bible in 40 days. Last year, more than 50,000 people joined in reading through the New Testament. Continue Reading...

5 Answers to Tricky Bible Questions

Ever been downright stumped by a verse you read? Has a parable left you scratching your head?

Each week during the #LentChallenge, we’re inviting YOU to ask your Bible questions. My friend and New Testament scholar, Dr. Craig Blomberg is weighing in and shedding light on even the trickiest Bible questions.

1. Is Matthew 27:52 literal? I’ve been in church my whole life and never looked into this verse. Did believers actually raise from the dead? Continue Reading...

No Bull About It—Why We Don't Have Sacrifices Today

Each week during the #LentChallenge, we’re collecting YOUR questions to send to our oh-so-brilliant New Testament scholar and professor, Dr. Craig Blomberg. 

Soak up his wisdom and insight today.

(Stumped by a passage or verse as you’re reading? Leave your question for Dr. Blomberg as a comment to this blog post). 

Lent is 40 days. Jesus fasts for 40 days. What is the significance of 40 days throughout the Bible? Continue Reading...

What Happens When 10,000 People Read the Same Book

Over 10,000 friends are joining us for the #LentChallenge.

Can you believe it?

10,000 people from around the world dedicating about 30 minutes per day to read through the entire New Testament. My heart is bursting at its seams in anticipation for what God is going to do in and through our lives during the next 40 days.

(Psst… it’s not too late to join us. Download the free reading guide, here. Subscribe to the YouVersion reading guide, here).

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are abuzz with #LentChallenge posts. I wanted to share a few of my favorite tweets, blogs, and emails from our first week of the #LentChallenge: Continue Reading...