Just as there is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth during Christmas, Christians set aside time to honor Christ’s death during a time of fasting, known as Lent. Lent comes from the term “lenten” which is a part of the historical Christian calendar and is a practicing of opening the hearts of Christians to hear God’s grace through prayer, confession, fasting and tithing as the church waits for Holy Week. Lent lasts for forty days, modeling after the forty days Jesus fasted in the desert before his capture and death. Today Lent is practiced formally and informally around the world to proclaim peoples’ faith or to celebrate a new habit forming (i.e. no soda or candy for forty days) and to be aware of what Jesus has done for us. Keep Reading
Students flocked from near and far to the 2016 Passion Conference to kick off the new year. The annual passion conference took place on January 2-4th. The conference is a Christian gathering of eighteen to twenty five year old high school seniors and college students who participate in worship, listen to renowned speakers and join community groups with new faces from all across the world.
This year, Passion’s motto was “3 locations. 2 cities. One heartbeat.” Students gathered in both Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta and at the Toyota Center in Houston. Every sermon took place in an individual arena and was lived streamed to the others so it was live for everyone at all times. Famous Christian artists such as Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Lecrae, the Passion band and many others traveled to each arena to perform.