7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #7 Living Hope

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #7 Living Hope
Not only did Christ come to supply bountifully for our present, but He lives to provide for our future.
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7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #6 - What A Beautiful Name It Is

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter:  #6 - What A Beautiful Name It Is
How do we get this gift of salvation?  It's simple, really.
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7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter - #5 Salvation Is a Gift

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter - #5 Salvation Is a Gift
Sin requires a payment.  Spiritual death is the price unless a sinless person can pay the price instead.  
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7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #4 – The Good News About The Good News

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter:  #4 – The Good News About The Good News
God doesn’t want us to live under the shame of our sin after we have trusted in Christ for salvation.
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7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #3 - The Good News Overcomes The Bad News

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter:  #3 - The Good News Overcomes The Bad News
The good news is - there is good news!
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7 Reasons Why I Celebrate Easter: #2 - We're Not Enough

7 Reasons Why I Celebrate Easter:  #2 - We're Not Enough
Here’s the thing; we’re all sinners and we cannot do enough good to overcome that.  But the good news is...
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7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter: #1 - For All Have Sinned

7 Reasons I Celebrate Easter:  #1 - For All Have Sinned
And so, as I have dug deeper into the gospel (good news) over the years, I have been impressed over and over and more deeply with the bad news.  And understanding the gravity of the bad news, makes the good news even better.
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Takers and Givers

Takers and Givers
Both the admonition about the scribes and the story of the widow’s mite are very familiar to me.  But I’ve never looked at them together as the part of the same “thought.”

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If You’re Looking For An Answer…Just Love

If You’re Looking For An Answer…Just Love

Our Lent Bible reading this morning (40 Days of Lent in YouVersion)  this morning was on Matthew 22:34-46. Yesterday it was verses before that where the Sadducees had tried to trap Jesus and failed miserably.

Can anyone else see the Pharisees rejoicing that the Sadducees had been stumped by Christ and then crowding around each other to decide the question they were going to ask?  Doesn’t it seem like they thought sure they get the job done?  The stumping, I mean.

And so He aimed right at the heart, rather than the intellect, and reminded them of love.  Not just the first of the 10 commandments, but the Shema which they had been reciting since they were old enough to talk.

Prayer

Lord, in these days of darkness when all seems so bleak…

In these days when there are some vast chasms between opinions about morality in our country…

In these days when we feel embattled coming out of a pandemic and into inflation and fear of war

Help US to focus on loving you because you first loved us.  Loving others because of your love for us.  

Thank you for Christ’s example of love for us and the price He paid to set us free to love.

Help us be good stewards of your love.

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Prayer for Ukraine

Prayer for Ukraine
Lord, as I think of Ukraine and Russia’s barbaric actions I think of:
Darkness - things must seem so dark for everyone.
  • Those who have left their homes to go to an unknown land
  • Those who remain in their homes without power and other necessities
  • Those mothers in the rubble of a hospital that was bombed yesterday
  •  Those children who are even more confused and traumatized than parents
  • Those sheltering in subway stations
  •  Those in neighboring countries overwhelmed by trying to help those pouring into their country for safety
  •  Innocent Russian citizens who are appalled at their leader’s actions
  • President Zelensky as he leads
  •  Foreign aid workers
  •  Citizens of other countries unable to make contact with family or dear friends in the areas of attack
  • Allied leaders trying to navigate the decision-making process in unity to take swift but wise action
Yet you are the light.  You are the way.  You are the truth.  You are the life.  You are the great comforter and reliever of burdens.  You are sovereign and all-powerful to defeat the oppressor and bring life and light to a nation - and a world -  in turmoil.

We trust in you to bring about all that you have planned.  We pray that you would deal with those who have only evil in mind in a way that makes their actions seem like child’s play.

Would you raise up godly leaders in every nation that will advocate for your plan and bring relief to this greatly downtrodden people?

Praise you for your goodness and what you are doing that we cannot see.

In Christ’s name, amen.



 
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