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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Christ in Our Midst

Christ in Our Midst

Easter season, the time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost feels particularly holy. This year I’ve been especially in awe of Jesus’ resurrection. Somehow it has permeated every inch of my soul and I am left in awe. Friends, Jesus has risen! Truly risen from death. We have the risen Christ in our midst, how amazing is that. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another…

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Believe in the Risen Christ

Believe in the Risen Christ

I love Easter. Even more precisely, I love the resurrection of Jesus. The Bible joyfully declares “It is true! The Lord has risen!” (Luke 24:34, NIV,*). And if we believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins and is now risen, a new power is at work in our lives. You see, Jesus will raise us up too. There is no death for those who believe in the Risen Christ. Hallelujah! With the words of Jesus: And this is the…

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Emotional Holy Week Roller Coaster

Emotional Holy Week Roller Coaster

The emotional Holy Week roller coaster starts with Palm Sunday and its sweet taste of success and popularity as the crowds cheer Jesus on as he entered Jerusalem. It follows with the bitter taste of failure and betrayal as Jesus is crucified on Good Friday. Thankfully, the ride does not end there. We finish the tour with the elated resurrection joy on Sunday. How do you deal with all this? Jesus takes all our false expectations, all our self-righteous thoughts,…

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Jesus Is Willing

Jesus Is Willing

One of the core Christian beliefs is God’s omnipotence. We think God can do anything and he has done some amazing things along with the salvation history, right? Indeed. So God is able. But would you also say Jesus is willing to help you? Yeah. God is able but is he willing to help us? That’s the million-dollar question. Do you believe Jesus wants to help you? If you do not believe this, you will shy away from praying. You…

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How to Complain without Sinning

How to Complain without Sinning

The book of Numbers might not be the most exciting book in the Bible but it served as a mirror for me today. It made me question my habits of complaining. Do I do what Moses did or do I follow the example of the Israelites? I want to know how to complain without sinning. How about you? Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. (Numbers 11:1, NLT,*) The Israelites were unhappy about…

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Heads, Hearts, and Hands

Heads, Hearts, and Hands

Lately, I’ve been pondering on two stories Jesus told according to the Gospel of Luke. The first one is the parable of two builders and the second one is the parable of the sower. They’re both perfect for Lenten reflection. Jesus is asking “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46, NIV, emphasis added,*) You see, faith requires heads, hearts, and hands. Faith is not just a belief system we embrace, right? It…

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I Seek the Shelter of God’s Wings

I Seek the Shelter of God’s Wings

There’s just something special about hearing the Word spoken to you, don’t you think? That’s why I sometimes read the Bible out loud to myself. I need to hear it, reading is not just quite enough. Today I started reading Psalm 61 out loud and just hearing the title of the Psalm “I seek the shelter of your wings” touched my heart. At that moment I had come home: under the shelter of God’s wings. When I heard these words…

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How Can We Thrive Amidst Difficulties

How Can We Thrive Amidst Difficulties

How do you keep on going when things get tough? When it’d be natural to get depressed, to give in, to let go. That is a million-dollar question, isn’t it? How can we thrive amidst difficulties, when everything seems almost unbearable? Maybe this will help you. At least, I was blessed by reading these verses from the letter to Romans: Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in…

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Stop Worrying So Much – God’s Got This

Stop Worrying So Much – God’s Got This

This year the season of Lent seems to start a little earlier than usual or am I the only one who is a bit surprised? Nonetheless, I find this season of preparation a huge blessing. We need it to truly appreciate the tremendousness of Easter once it rolls around. And maybe we could stop worrying so much. God’s got this. Paul David Tripp tweeted today “The story of redemption is historical proof of the unstoppable sovereignty of God. In a…

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How to Blossom and Flourish

How to Blossom and Flourish

We all want to blossom and flourish, right? Maybe the desire to do so is especially evident in the deep of winter. After frozen months, we’re ready to see some color, also in our own lives. How then could we blossom and flourish? What should we do to live colorful and fulfilling lives? You won’t get a detailed to-do list if that’s what you were thinking. Instead, you’re just encouraged to abiding in Christ. He will take care of the…

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