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The day we come together as an expectant community to unwrap the story of God.

We never expected the thousands of individuals, churches, small groups, families, youth groups, and more who are joining in the #LentChallenge.

Still not sure if the #LentChallenge is for you?

I don’t know exactly what the next 40 days will look like in your life. You may be facing a pile of bills, a heart-wrenching diagnosis, the pieces of a broken relationship, a schedule that just.won’t.stop.

But I do know that God has something wonderful in store for you and for me. Verses that will breathe life to your soul. Passages that will come alive in a whole new way. Facets of Jesus’ character that will seep their way into your heart. Challenges and convictions. Whispers and echoes.

And here’s the one requirement: Come to him.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.


My hope and prayer is that at the end of the next 40 days—just over 6 weeks—you’ll be so spiritually full, you’ll never want to live on empty again.

Read the New Testament in 40 DaysSo will you join us? Will you commit to reading just about 7 chapters of the New Testament every day (with a Sabbath rest on Sundays)? [Tweet this]

We want to make it as easy and accessible as possible. Along with downloading and printing a copy of the #LentChallenge: 40 Day New Testament Reading Guide, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with YouVersion to provide a free reading guide for the #LentChallenge. When you sign up for the reading guide, you’ll receive daily reminders during the #LentChallenge at a time you specify.

#LentChallenge is now available on YouVersion

YouVersion makes the Bible (including the audio versions) available on phone, tablet, and computer for free. Simply download the YouVersion app from the iTunes or Android app store.

To locate the reading guide, simply CLICK HERE or follow these instructions:

→ Go to

→ Click on Reading Plans

→ Search “The 40-Day New Testament Challenge”

→ Begin Plan!

Click here to sign up for the free 40 Day Bible Reading Challenge Reading Guide on YouVersion.

We’re launching into the Gospel of Matthew today. Come sit at the feet of our Rabbi. [Tweet this]

Check out this AWESOME video made my my friend, Heather Zempel, from National Community Church:


You Don't Want to Miss ThisParents—this week’s giveaway is for you. Invite the entire family to join the #LentChallenge, too!

This week we’re giving away THREE copies of The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and beautifully illustrated by Jago.

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him.

Through this unique Bible, children are invited to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their Story too.

To win ONE of THREE copies of The Jesus Storybook Bible, leave a comment on the original blog post at Winners will be selected and announced on Monday.

Congratulations to the winners: Mike Kelly, Lisa Shuler, Debbie Brainer

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