Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 28:1-10

Jesus Has Risen

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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Stand Up for Jesus!

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 10:32

Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.

 

All around us people are standing up for what they believe in.  They’re rallying and marching for political parties, rights, you name it and there’s a march for it.  It’s time for us to have the courage and confidence to also stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ!  He is the way, the truth and the life!

Don’t Lose Heart

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Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 12:3

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

Everything Jesus went through for us is an example so that we too can continue what we have been called to do.  What we go through now is nothing compared to the glory God will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18) Your hardest times will often lead to the greatest moments in your life. Be strong in your faith and don’t lose heart. It will all be worth it in the end.

Praise God!

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

 

No matter what is going on in your life, God is worthy of your praise.  If things are going well, praise him.  If things aren’t going well, praise him. His love and mercy endure forever, God is great and worthy of all praise. As long as you have breath in your body praise the Lord.  And when you get to heaven praise him for all eternity!

Keep On Keeping On

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Verse of the Day:  James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

 

There will be trials, there will be tough times, but God is with you and if you don’t give up you will be blessed.  Stay strong, you are not alone, and it will all be worth it in the end.

Future Hope

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Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 23:18

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

 

As followers of Christ we have the hope for a future not only here on earth but in heaven and for all eternity. Our hope is not anchored in things that are temporary but in God who is the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come. (Revelation 1:8) Our hope is in the Lord because He is our help and our shield and we can rely on His promises and plans for today, for tomorrow and for the future.

Keep God First

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Verse of the Day:  Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

 

This is the time of year when we start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.  We decide to make changes and declare goals that will improve our lives.  The Bible tells us we should set our minds on things above and that our thoughts and goals should be focused on Christ and our future home, heaven.  As we contemplate our New Year’s resolutions let’s be mindful to include goals that allow us to put God first in our lives.