Easter

March 31st, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Fifty days after that Sunday morning when Jesus’ followers found his tomb empty, the eleven remaining disciples were gathered together and received the Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised (John 16:7). They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and Peter delivered his first sermon. Peter spoke to the men and women living in the city, but his words apply to us, too. They are both convicting and comforting. Remembering them is a great way to reflect on the power and meaning of Jesus’ resurrection on this holiest of days.

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Good Friday

March 29th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

[This week—Holy Week; the week before Easter—we’re taking a break from our normal posts to meditate on what Jesus experienced in the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. We’ll read through a group of psalms called the Songs of Ascents to orient our hearts and minds to the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf (for more information on the Songs of Ascents, read this post)].

Early in the morning on Friday, when it was still dark, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was first taken to the city’s religious leaders. Because they had no authority to put him to death, they handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect in Judea. Though Jesus had committed no crime, the Romans beat him and taunted him. In an act of political expediency, Pilate sentenced him to death by crucifixion.

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The Last Supper

March 28th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

[This week—Holy Week; the week before Easter—we’re taking a break from our normal posts to meditate on what Jesus experienced in the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. We’ll read through a group of psalms called the Songs of Ascents to orient our hearts and minds to the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf (for more information on the Songs of Ascents, read this post)].

As the festival of Passover began, Jesus and his disciples gathered to share a meal together. It would be Jesus’ last before his crucifixion. He must have known not only how he would suffer in the coming hours, but the pain, fear, and confusion it would cause his followers—especially those closest to him.

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Holy Wednesday

March 27th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

[This week—Holy Week; the week before Easter—we’re taking a break from our normal posts to meditate on what Jesus experienced in the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. We’ll read through a group of psalms called the Songs of Ascents to orient our hearts and minds to the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf (for more information on the Songs of Ascents, read this post)].

On Wednesday, the religious leaders in Jerusalem began formulating their plot to arrest Jesus and have him put to death. Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariat met with the chief priests and agreed to turn over Jesus in exchange for thirty pieces of silver.

Meanwhile, after three eventful days in Jerusalem, Jesus went to Bethany, to the house of Simon, a leper he had healed. There his follower Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured a jar of expensive perfume oil on his head. It was her way of honoring Jesus.

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Holy Tuesday

March 26th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

[This week—Holy Week; the week before Easter—we’re taking a break from our normal posts to meditate on what Jesus experienced in the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. We’ll read through a group of psalms called the Songs of Ascents to orient our hearts and minds to the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf (for more information on the Songs of Ascents, read this post)].

On the Tuesday before his crucifixion, Jesus climbed the Mount of Olives opposite the temple in Jerusalem. He addressed the crowd in what is commonly called the Olivet Discourse. It’s recorded in three of the gospels—Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21. In the discourse, Jesus predicted the destruction of the temple (an event that would happen during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.). He warned his followers that they would face hardship and persecution.

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Holy Monday

March 25th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

[This week—Holy Week; the week before Easter—we’re taking a break from our normal posts to meditate on what Jesus experienced in the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. We’ll read through a group of psalms called the Songs of Ascents to orient our hearts and minds to the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf (for more information on the Songs of Ascents, read this post)].

On Palm Sunday, Jesus made the journey up into Jerusalem. His entry into the city was celebrated as the arrival of a great prophet (Matthew 21:11). But the tone began to change on Monday.

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A Preview of Next Week

March 22nd, 2013 by Dan Mancini

No Friday Five today. Instead, I want to give you a little preview of what’s happening on the blog next week. It’s Holy Week—the days leading up to Easter. So, we’re going to do something a little different.

We’ll track through the gospels and explore what Jesus was doing during each of those crucial days in his life and ministry. We’ll also reflect on what his experiences mean in our lives by reading through a group of psalms known as the Songs of Ascents.

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Baptism Video: Stephen Cohen

March 20th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

During one of his main session talks at DRIVE last week, Andy Stanley shared this baptism video. Stephen Cohen was recently baptized at Buckhead Church. His story is powerful and deeply emotional. It’s a reminder of why we do what we do. Check it out.

Stephen Cohen from Buckhead Church Baptisms on Vimeo.

5 Ways to Avoid Lame Prayer Times

March 18th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Have you ever had one of those Community Group experiences where, during prayer time, people scramble to come up with “safe” prayer requests? You know, the kind of requests that avoid revealing what’s really going on in their lives. Have you ever been asked to pray for someone’s aunt’s friend’s cat?

Here are five simple things you can do to avoid that kind of experience in your group.

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Backstage at Drive 13

March 13th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Drive 13 is this week. Almost 2,500 people from over 600 churches and organizations from all over the world  have come to North Point to learn about leadership.

We’re having a great time and thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes look. Here are some pictures from the conference’s main sessions and rehearsals.

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