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Preparing for Easter

Many of us have been in the habit of preparing for Christmas.  We do Advent readings, we plan, we shop, we get excited and we celebrate.

But when it comes to Easter, it seems like it sneaks up on us.

Well, maybe not all of us–but at least those of us who did not grow up in a church that followed a regular church calendar or common lectionary.  I have talked to some who did not grow up observing Lent, then began observing Lent because they needed a means to get ready for Easter.  But for me, the idea of “giving something up” in preparation for remembering the cross-event of Christ, feels like I am trying to earn or pay back the cost of Christ’s sacrifice. (I know that is not true for all.)  And I know I did not deserve it–that’s why it’s called grace…and I could not earn it or pay it back.

But, the Lent Season does give a structure for preparing both to remember and celebrate the life-giving, world-transforming, substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Today, I purchased a resource to help me do just that.

The Final Days of JesusStudy Guide for "The Final Days of Jesus"

Get it in paper or Kindle (just $5.99)

Two free resources: a study guide and a Bible reading plan.

Description and additional resource–see Justin Taylor’s blog.

Walk With Jesus During His Last Week on Earth

On March 29, AD 33, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and boldly predicted that he would soon be put to death—executed on a cross, like a common criminal. So began the most important week of the most important person who ever lived.

Nearly 2,000 years later, the events that took place during Jesus’s last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to reexamine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb.

Combining a chronological arrangement of the Gospel accounts with insightful commentary, charts, and maps, this book will help you better understand what actually happened all those years ago—and why it matters today.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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