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MPC Lenten Journey - 40 Days with the Holy Spirit

MPC Lenten Journey - 40 Days with the Holy Spirit

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Lent is the season preceding Easter Sunday, where we especially focus on examining our hearts, confessing our sins, and reflecting on the significance of Christ's death. There are many ways you can journey along with us these next 40 days (46 days including Sundays). Here are a few to consider: 

  • Personal Journey 
    • Lent is a time of fasting and making space for God in your personal life. Ask the Lord, what do you want me to give up these next 40 days? And what do you want to replace it with?
    • See our fasting guide for further information
  • Communal Journey 
    • Lenten Blog - Each day during Lent an Elder, Deacon, or Staff member from MPC will post their reflection on a passage of scripture. We are following along the book "40 Days with the Holy Spirit" by Jack Levison, and you are welcome to join in (You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon or contact Saona sjackson@malibupres.org). Check back to this page each day!
    • Wednesday Mid-Day Fast - Consider fasting and praying together as a church. Each Wednsday we will fast from lunch and commit to prayer for 30 minutes. The MPC sanctuary will be open from 11:30-1 for silent prayer or you can pray from home, your office, or out on a walk. 
  • Missional Journey 
    • Upper Room: Missio Dei - Every Sunday morning from 9-10am we will focus our lenten journey on the "Mission of God" to keep our journey blanced with an outward lens of, "what is God's heart and mission for the world?"

 

Feel free to stop by the table in the Narthex to browse and pick up some Lenten resources. Click on the links below to browse through the recommended books. 

 

MPC Lenten Devotional: 

40 Days with the Holy Spirit, by Jack Levison

 

Other Recommended Books: 

Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton

You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, James K.A. Smith 

Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

 

 

 

Lent, Day 17, Dana Harger - Who Are You Following?

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Who Are You Following? Then the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said,"We are yours, O David; and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to the one who helps you! For your God is the one who helps you."Then David received them, and made them officers of his troops. 1 Chronicles 12:18 Upon being asked to contribute to the Lenten Blog ...

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Lent, Day 16, John Kingsbury - People Caring for People, a Pathway to Heaven

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People Caring for People, a Pathway to Heaven Now in those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in ord...

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Lent, Day 13, Bob Wolff - Divine Selection

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Divine Selection The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like his man, one in whom is the spirit of God?"Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. ...

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Lent, Day 15, Kathy Horn - Together, to Build up the Church

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Together, to Build up the Church Then Moses said to the Israelites, "See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in w...

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Lent, Day 14, Chris Laubach - What Are You Wearing Today?

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What Are You Wearing Today? Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, fo...

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Lent, Day 12, Wendi Patillo - Which Spirit?

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Which Spirit? So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but...

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Lent, Day 11, Saona Jackson - Abba, I Belong to You

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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into ourhearts, crying, "Abba!Father!"So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through...

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Lent, Day 10, Wailani O'Herlihy - Slow Down to Feel the Spirit

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Slow Down to Feel the Spirit Rejoice always,pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Many thoughts clutter my mind and keep me busy that I must slow down to pray quietly. The stress of the Woolsey fire and death of my brother had overwhelmed me. I recently have been working on breathing whi...

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Lent, Day 9, Jim Ludwig - Opening a Door with No Handle

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Opening a Door with No Handle "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead?Or if he asks for an egg, will give hi...

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Lent, Day 8, Marilyn Mandel - Seeking Answers from God

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Seeking Answers from God Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 Everyday we face important decisions that require our discernment; socially, in business and in family affairs. Decisions so important that we feel we can't be indifferent as to the outcom...

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