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18 Free Downloadable Ideas for Lent

This is a bit of an 11th hour offering, but to make life easy for everyone (particularly pastors looking for some last minute resources and inspiration) I have bundled 18 Lenten Handouts into one big zip file. They are free for the taking. Drop your name and email address in the form below to get immediate access.

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Prayer Disciplines

B.L.E.S.S. Prayer–A prayer form from the book “Love to Pray: A 40 day Devotional for Deepinging Your Prayer Life.” by Dr. Alving VanderGriend. The acronym stands for Body, Labors, Emotional needs, Social Needs, and Spiritual Needs.
Pure Praise–A 3 fold formula for praising God that is based upon a pattern I recognized in David’s Psalms. This prayer method deepened my intimacy with God tremendously.
Confession–A prayer model to guide people in a discipline of daily confession.
Examen–A classic prayer model from the Ignatian tradition. I find this one really pumps up your spiritual awareness.
Five Finger Prayer–A wonderful easy prayer mnemonic that prompts you to pray for 5 different groups of people. This is one is a wonderful option for children or parents wanting to expand their children’s prayer lives.

Bible Reading Disciplines

Acts in 40 Days–A checklist of readings to complete the Book of Acts in 40 days.
Matthew in 40 Days–A checklist of readings with tips to get you through a the gospel of Matthew.

Mark in 40 Days–A checklist of readings with tips to get you through a the gospel of Mark.
Luke in 40 Days–A checklist of readings with tips to get you through a the gospel of Luke.
John in 40 Days–A checklist of readings with tips to get you through a the gospel of John.
Lent Top 40 Bible–40 top bible stories to give someone a quick overview of the Bible.

Action Disciplines

Better Body Holiness–Suggestions for increasing your physical health in order to serve God more faithfully and with greater energy.
40 Bags in 40 Days–A discipline to eliminate clutter and excess (not to sound cliche’ but this one changed my life and started my passion about Lenten disciplines)
Love Notes–A discipline of writing thank you notes daily to people who have touched your life. The people who have done this one find it a profound experience.
Media Habit–Let go of a media habit like surfing Facebook or watching Television.
Tame the Tongue–A discipline of refraining from being verbally negative or gossipy.
Faith PEGS–An acronym to spiritually guide your intentions for the day. This grew out of my own bible study and was very formative for me.
Fast and Contribute–A discipline with a mission emphasis.

I hope these are a blessing for you. Feel free to use these at your church, in your youth group, Sunday school classes or on your own. They are ready to go. I laid it out so that someone could photocopy the sheet back to back and then cut it in half for a nicely formatted half sheet handout. The one exception to that is the Bless Prayer which is a one sided copy only.
John Arnold
The Practical Disciple

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