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What Happens After Easter

What Happens After Easter

I don’t use any Bible reading plans. My plan is simply to read a chapter or two or three both in the Old and New Testaments every day (and, no, I don’t manage to do it every day). Once I’ve read through, I start rereading them again, usually in a different translation. So I was utterly delighted by the divine orchestrating that on Easter Monday I was reading through the last chapters of the letter to the Hebrews. It so beautifully…

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Resurrection Life

Resurrection Life

Have you heard? Christ is risen! And with that everything has changed. Truly. Resurrection life is not business like usual. Jesus really died on the cross for our sins and he was buried like said but on the third day he was risen. But that’s not all, folks! Jesus was risen but sin stayed in the tomb. Christ conquered all the evil forces. Easter really isn’t “just” about being exited that our friend Jesus lives. God did not “just” rose…

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The Purpose of Easter

The Purpose of Easter

Do you know what is the purpose of Easter? The purpose of the resurrection of Jesus is to set you free. God arranged this for you. Christ died and was resurrected for you. So you could be truly free from your transgressions and live in God’s grace. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will…

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Living Hope Lifts You Up

Living Hope Lifts You Up

Haven’t you heard? Christ is risen! And that changes everything. If Jesus had not risen, we would be still dead in our sin. If Jesus had not risen, we would still be without a chance for reconciliation with God. If Jesus had not risen, we would be without living hope. But because Jesus is risen, we have a living hope. Because Jesus is risen we can be made right with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Because Jesus…

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The Shortest Easter Sermon

The Shortest Easter Sermon

I love Easter for so many reasons. My husband and I were engaged on Easter and our first-born son was baptized on Easter. I also love ending the Lenten season and celebrating Life. And who wouldn’t love chocolate eggs? They’re not only delicious but beautifully symbolize the new life we’ve been given. These reasons are all very nice – even blessed –  but there are even far better reasons. They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen!…

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Are You Denying Resurrection by Your Actions?

Are You Denying Resurrection by Your Actions?

How are you practicing resurrection in your life? Or are you denying resurrection by your actions? Is Easter joy evident in your life? Or was Easter only a passing holiday in your life? It’s time to put the Good News of Jesus Christ in practice. It’s time to live life on God’s terms. But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has…

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What Does It Mean that Jesus Is Risen?

What Does It Mean that Jesus Is Risen?

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Yes, alleluia! But what does it mean, right? What does it mean to you when you are struggling to make ends meet? What does it mean to you who is just beginning to understand God’s love for you? What does it mean when God seems to be silent? What does it mean here and now? What does it really mean? The first step into resurrection living is to let Jesus carry your burdens….

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Weekend Prayer Wall {Apr. 7-8}

Weekend Prayer Wall {Apr. 7-8}

But I know that my redeemer is alive       and afterward he’ll rise upon the dust. After my skin has been torn apart this way—    then from my flesh I’ll see God,     whom I’ll see myself—       my eyes see, and not a stranger’s.    I am utterly dejected. (Job 19: 25-27, CEB) Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence…

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Responsible for the Death of Jesus?

Responsible for the Death of Jesus?

What do you think? Are you responsible for Jesus’ death? Your answer is important. It defines whether you are ready for Easter or not. We aren’t able to receive God’s grace before we have a need for it. We aren’t ready for Easter before we embrace Good Friday. In order to do that we need to see that Good Friday’s happenings are for us. But we aren’t able to do that if we don’t see our part in the crucifixion….

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Easter Essentials?

Easter Essentials?

The commercial adds try to tell us what is essential for Easter. But only one thing is essential for Easter: a ready heart. Has your lenten journey readied your heart for Jesus? There’s still time to do it. We are not to rush ahead to Easter. Rather, we need to work on readying our heart. Have we surrendered our selfish hopes and false expectations? Have we confessed our sins and repented them? Are we ready to die with Jesus? Search…

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