Focus 40 2014: Extreme Living in Christ

 In All Church of God, Leadership Development


By Mary Nichols

Focus 40, the Church of God’s Lenten emphasis on prayer and fasting, begins on March 20 and runs through April 14, 2014. Using the five values of love, reach, connect, grow, and live—as a guide—the 2014 Focus 40 resources center on the theme of “Extreme Living.” The Focus 40 resources are designed to explore what it really means to live as the body of Christ in a way that can change our culture for Christ; and to “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV).

This is the fourth year the Church of God in North America has participated together in Focus 40. As a result, many powerful testimonies have been shared by individuals and congregations about the often miraculous results of unity through fasting and prayer. People have been healed, lives have been transformed, and the power of God has been revealed in response to our genuinely seeking God together as the body of Christ.

Focus 40 resources allow you to participate as an individual, as a family, with a small group, or as a congregation. Resources are available for all age groups, including specially designed resources for children and families, teens, and adults. These resources include forty daily devotionals, a forty-day prayer calendar, children’s lessons, youth lessons, and an “Extreme Living” small group study. Additionally, promotional materials and sermon tools are available for pastors. A convenient audio podcast version of the adult devotions is available as a download for those who use this format. You will find all of the Focus 40 resources conveniently located for you to download for free at

Register today to join with us during Focus 40 2014 at to show your commitment to participate. We look forward to hearing the testimonies of what God will accomplish for his kingdom as we unite together in study, prayer, fasting, and purpose during this Lent and Easter season, when we’re reminded once again that Jesus is the subject!

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