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He was raised just as He said He would be.

Matthew 28:5-6  (The Voice) 
The messenger spoke to the women, to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Messenger of the Lord: Don’t be afraid. I know you are here keeping watch for Jesus who was crucified. But Jesus is not here. He was raised, just as He said He would be. Come over to the grave, and see for yourself. 

I was touched by Dr. Steve Wende's Easter sermon. He said, "This world needs Easter like it hasn't in a long time. There are guns pointing everywhere. Bombs in Brussels. Bombs in politics. There may be a big gun pointing at your health, family, finances, job and you're worried about how you'll deal with it."

Easter isn't the end of the story

Whatever guns are pointing at you:  
  • Learn to abide in the Lord and get your power from Him. Don't look to the wrong sources for your power. Psyching yourself up and your best efforts aren't good enough. Ask Him for constant power and true purpose. 
  • Grow a soul good for eternity. Those that Jesus touched were transformed. Have a working understanding of heaven. We lose sin and brokenness when we make the transition to eternity. Be open to it and prepare now. Learn how to abide in God and prepare for His kingdom. Remember that the only applause that matters is the applause not on Earth. 
  • Live with a Sense of eternity. Don't believe the world's lies. Remember how Christ was persecuted. Get things done that matter. 
There are big guns out there pointing at us. But remember that The King has the last move and the last bullet! 

Keep hold of the risen Christ and He will keep you!


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Scriptures for life

Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…