Updated on March 19, 2017
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and the new life He gives us when we put our faith in Him. As you make your Easter preparations, it’s important to prepare your heart for reflection and remembrance of the cross.
When you trust Jesus for salvation, He changes your heart and gives you a brand new life (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our Daily Bread Ministries has free and low cost resources to help you celebrate your new life … AND share the joy with others this season.
In this post, I share seven awesome ways to prepare your heart for Easter. But before we get to the list, let me tell you about Our Daily Bread Ministries.
What is Our Daily Bread Ministries?
Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is best known for the monthly devotional booklet Our Daily Bread.
I started reading Our Daily Bread as a kid growing up in the 1970s. The ministry was known then as Radio Bible Class.
Later, Radio Bible Class became RBC Ministries to reflect its vast array of resources.
The organization re-branded as Our Daily Bread Ministries in 2015. The new name allows it to better communicate its identity.
Now that you know a little about this Christian organization, let’s prepare our hearts for Easter.
7 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Easter
Despite the name changes, Our Daily Bread Ministries has kept the same focus through the years: sharing the message of God’s love with people around the world. Here are seven awesome ways to prepare for Easter – by reflecting on the cross AND sharing the gospel with others.
1. Share the Hope of Jesus
Jesus said, “I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This Easter, as you celebrate YOUR new life, take a moment to share the hope of Jesus with a neighbor, friend, or family member.
A New Life, the Easter edition of Our Daily Bread, makes it easy to share the gospel. Our Daily Bread Ministries will send you multiple copies of the booklet for a gift of any amount. But hurry! Supplies are limited.
2. Renew Your Walk With God
Our Daily Bread Ministries will send you a paperback copy of The Love of God for a gift of any amount, as long as the book is in stock. If you prefer the hardcover – or a digital copy for your Kindle – you can buy the book on Amazon.
3. Download Easter Graphics
As a lifestyle blogger and social media enthusiast, I was thrilled to discover the FREE Easter graphics kit from Our Daily Bread. It’s a good way to share the hope of Jesus with your social networks.
The kit is a ZIP file of screen, email, and social media graphics with the New Life theme. It includes print-ready images to use for your church projects and outreach initiatives.
4. Celebrate Easter with Music
Prepare your heart for Easter by listening to Easter music. Classical Praise: Easter is a beautiful offering from Discovery House Publishers, the publishing arm of Our Daily Bread Ministries.
If you enjoy symphony music, you’ll love these fresh arrangements featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. I have the CD, but if you want digital music, Amazon sells the MP3 version, too.
5. Read Easter Devotions
Prepare your heart for Easter with a FREE 10-day reading plan from Our Daily Bread Ministries. The first reading arrived in my inbox this morning, and it reminded me WHO Jesus is.
Blessings of the Cross is a good supplement to the Our Daily Bread resource. The FREE devotional (see related link below) is a gift from FaithGateway, an online community of Christian authors and readers.
6. Study the Biblical Narrative
Did Jesus really die on the cross and come back to life? It’s hard for us to comprehend. Yet, in the words of Our Daily Bread, “the gospel message is not complete without the brutal sacrifice and beautiful resurrection of Jesus.”
A Rumor of Hope, by Ray Stedman, is another FREE resource from Our Daily Bread Ministries. Part of the Discovery Series, it’s available in print and digital formats.
UPDATE: This booklet is archived and no longer available from Our Daily Bread. However, you can still find the Kindle edition on Amazon.
7. Follow the Path of Jesus
Behind the Easter Story is a documentary by Day of Discovery, a television program produced by Our Daily Bread. It offers a fascinating look at Jesus’ path through Jerusalem on the days leading to His crucifixion.
Using a limestone scale model of the ancient city, Mart DeHaan and Jimmy DeYoung retrace the footsteps of Jesus – from His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to His glorious Easter morning resurrection.
And Now, Over to You
Thank you for reading this post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How do you prepare your heart for Easter? What is your favorite way to share the gospel with others?
I would love to hear about your new life in Christ. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation. Scroll to the end to leave a reply, ask a question, or just say hello.
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