At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. – Mark 1:12-13

Happy Friday, friends!

Here at BBC we’ve been preparing for the Season of Lent that is ahead of us all, planning events and worship services to help us all capture the full meaning behind this time of journeying with Jesus toward the cross.

Framed as a parallel to Jesus’ own 40-day journey through the wilderness, Lent is a season of reflection, penance, and fasting. Some like to practice the season by giving something up that they are focused too much on or that are unhealthy additions that can push against our walk with Christ (social media, certain foods, etc.).

No matter what you might decide to fast from, I hope that you’ll not do it just as a fad, but that you’ll replace it with something that helps you grow in Christ (instead of opening up facebook, open the Bible app and read, or instead of unhealthy food options, focus on things that are better for your health). Be sure to replace the unhealthy with something healthy (Jesus added prayer and study to his life as he fasted in the wilderness).

As you journey, know that Lent is like Advent in that it can be a great tool to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the events of Holy Week and Easter. Where Advent prepares us for the coming of Jesus at Christ, giving fuller meaning to the holiday, Lent prepares us to enter Easter with a deeper appreciation for who we are as followers of Christ and as humans whose lives are finite.

As we prepare to begin this season on Wednesday night with Ash Wednesday, I hope that you’ll join us on this journey. Facing who we are, our own mortality is never an easy thing to do, but it is necessary as we seek to fully understand what it means for Jesus to die on a cross.

Over the weeks ahead there are a few ways that you can participate in Lent: worship services, Easter egg hunts, Sunday themes, and even a prayer labyrinth that you can walk during Holy Week.

You can view a full list of Lenten events and details by clicking here.

Blessings as you journey,