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April 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Easter Tuesday 2019


Luke 24:1-2 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

True courage. That is what Jesus’ female followers showed. I’m sure they were thrilled to see Joseph of Arimathea taking the body of Jesus from the cross and honoring it with a proper burial. However, preparing a body was women’s work, and proud work, too! In their minds there was no way those two men could have done it right. So the women went back. They brought all that was needed to do it right. In so doing they identified themselves with Jesus, a dangerous thing. They would have to face the guard and get permission to go in. They would have to face the gruesome visage of Jesus, body torn and broken. It took real courage to get up that first Easter morning and go to the tomb. Their courage was rewarded as they found the tomb empty and saw the most beautiful sight. God rewards the courageous. When has He rewarded your courage?

 

Prayer

Loving Father, thank You for the blessing of witnessing my Lord Jesus risen yesterday. Help me, knowing that He lives and is with me, to have courage this week in whatever form You require. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. –Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

“Easter. The only time it's okay to put all of your eggs in one basket!” ― Author Unknown

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April 22, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Easter Monday


Easter Monday

 

1 Corinthians 15:17

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

 

Thought for Today

This statement by Paul is the bottom line of Christianity. People try to make Christianity about many different things: love, acceptance, and grace or obedience, rules, and lifestyle. While all of these things have their place within the scope of discipleship, none of them define what our faith is all about. We stand with Paul’s declaration, “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” There are only three questions that Christianity demands we answer. What did Jesus do? What did it accomplish? And what are you going to do about it? Jesus died on a cross for the sins of all mankind and rose on the third day to prove the efficacy of His work on the cross. By this act He removed the curse of sin from humanity and, thereby, removed its consequence, death. If these things aren’t true then Christianity is just another burdensome moral system. If it is true it is ultimate freedom. This begs the third question. Will you receive this Good News or reject it?

 

Prayer

Blessed Father, grant me wisdom to rejoice in the amazing thing that Jesus has done for me and celebrate that I don’t have to fear death any more. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings! — Dwight L. Moody

 

Quote of the Day

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. — Saint Augustine

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April 19, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Holy Week 2019--Good Friday


Good Friday

 

Matthew 27:45-54

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

 

Thought for Today

Today marks the most tragic event in human history. On this day we committed two crimes in one horrific action. We executed the only perfect man who ever lived because we were jealous of His holiness and we creatures put to death our Creator because we coveted His position. As Jesus hangs dying on the cross the whole of creation mourns. Matthew records that the sky grew dark and the earth shook violently. Did you know that the Bible is not the only place this is recorded? In 52 AD, just 19 years late, a historian named Thallus wrote, “On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness, and rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. (cited by Julius Africanus).” And Greek historian Phlegon wrote, “In the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (i.e., AD 33) there was ‘the greatest eclipse of the sun’ and that ‘it became night in the sixth hour of the day [i.e., noon] so that stars even appeared in the heavens. There was a great earthquake in Bithynia, and many things were overturned in Nicaea.” Interestingly, he notes that it was impossible for an eclipse to have happened because the phase of the moon was all wrong, and yet, inexplicably it did. Perhaps the most tragic thing in all of Good Friday is that some people actually rejoiced. The chief priests and Pharisees mocked and ridiculed Him. Others mourned for Him and cried out at the obvious injustice. Today, we live with this bitter-sweet tension. We mourn for what our sin has wrought, and we rejoice that He went willingly on our behalf. The horror of the consequence of sin and beauty of the love God come together in one historic moment. Take some time today to ponder this mystery anew.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I honor You for Your sacrifice for me today. The depth and breadth of Your love are overwhelming. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I am wholly deserving of all the consequences that I will in fact never receive simply because God unashamedly stepped in front of me on the cross, unflinchingly spread His arms so as to completely shield me from the retribution that was mine to bear, and repeatedly took the blows. And I stand entirely unwounded, utterly lost in the fact that the while His body was pummeled and bloodied to death by that which was meant for me and me alone, I have not a scratch. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

 

Quote of the Day

Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings! — Dwight L. Moody

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