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April 24, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Easter Wednesday 2019


Luke 24:4-7

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!

 

Thought for Today

The women knew what to expect. They saw Jesus on the cross, at least from a distance. It had to be much worse up close. So they steeled themselves as they arrived at the tomb. This wasn’t at all what they were expecting. The tomb was empty. As they tried to process this bizarre twist, things got stranger. Sudden light in the darkness. Two men whose clothes were blinding. “He is not here; he is risen!” This could not be more different from what they had expected. God loves to turn our expectations on their heads. The stone the builders threw out is now the cornerstone. The resurrection was the ultimate example. What are you expecting today? Keep an eye out. God might have other plans.

 

Prayer

Lord of the Unexpected, thank You for Your marvelous plan that won the battle over sin and death for me. Help me to look for the unexpected today, that I might see Your hand at work. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life. – Josh McDowell

 

Quote of the Day

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. – Arthur Schopenhauer

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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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