Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Matthew 28:1, ESV Before light had dawned, the women went to the tomb. They expected to find the dead body of Jesus. The darkness was overwhelming. There were sorrow and tears. Death had won. Hope was lost. Maybe you can relate to the women as they … [Read more...] about Out of the Darkness
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:6, ESV) He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! This is our triumphant day. Light has dawned. The Son is risen. The tomb is empty. Nothing is impossible with God. He is full of surprises. He has greater things in store for you. The resurrection makes all the difference. Because … [Read more...] about He is Risen! Happy Easter!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4, ESV) Rejoice Always We are almost there. Today is the last day of Lent. We have been preparing for this moment for the last 40 days. Tomorrow is Easter. Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection. It is a day that is marked with joy and celebration. But this joy is not to be reserved for one day … [Read more...] about 40 Things NOT to Give up for Lent: 40.Joy
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10, ESV) “Good grief!” That was one of Charlie Brown’s favorite lines. But what is so good about grief? How can we put those two words together? It is good to shed a tear. Grief is necessary. Grief is a process through which we confront our … [Read more...] about 40 Things NOT to Give up for Lent: 39.Grief
Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25, ESV) Faith is not lived in a vacuum. God has called us to life together. The redemption that Jesus won on the cross was so that we would be reconciled with God. It was also so that we could be reconciled with one another and … [Read more...] about 40 Things NOT to Give up for Lent: 38.Community