He is Risen indeed!
Last week, we celebrated Christ’s resurrection with traditional feasts, gatherings and worship. Easter is a time when we are reminded of the abuse, cruelty and pain that Jesus suffered so we may have eternal life. “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9 NIV)

Our faith not only gives us the reward of eternity with Him, it can give us a richer, fuller life while we live on this earth. Jesus said when He left that another would come so we were not alone. Accepting Jesus into your heart and the Holy Spirit into your life gives you the keys to a peace and joy unknown to this world.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) He didn’t die for you so that you could mope about what you don’t have. Neither did He come for you to bask in luxury and comfort. His gift is life filled to the brim with faith, hope and love. (I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NIV) Easter is a time to reflect on what that gift cost. Not only did Jesus arise, He provided you a way to rise above the darkness in this world. Fall at His feet that He may lift you up to an abundant life.

What have you done this Easter and lent season to truly thank God for a gift you didn’t deserve?

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I love the keys to peace and joy. God extends His mercy to me as I recognize I can’t do anything apart from Him. I blow it with my twenty-one thing kids every day. I’m grateful for Christ’s forgiveness!


Nothing specific has been planned this Lent and Easter season, but I have been in a continual state of thanks and awe at what our God has been doing on a daily basis. When our paper throwing job fell away, a teaching job opened, paying more to help us out of debt faster, and providing me “To Sir with Love” opportunities at school (a school giving teens a second or third chance at graduation). We’ve been able to go from 3 1/2 % giving to 10 %, yet the money keeps coming in to meet needs and demands. Almost everyday I see the Holy Spirit working in someone life close to me. God is good everyday.


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