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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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