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Really Living

Really Living

Have you ever had a moment when you thought, “Now, I’m really living!”? All of us want to experience that good life, but those feelings of “really living” seem to fade over time. This week, we’re remembering that life with Jesus allows us to really live. But, what does life with Jesus look like?

A Clear Perspective In Unclear Circumstances

A Clear Perspective In Unclear Circumstances

Experiencing hardships is a normal part of life that can cause us to focus on negative feelings and anxiously anticipate negative outcomes. During a difficult time in his life, Paul rejoices and models for us how having a Christ-centered perspective will help us to maintain a positive attitude while having a positive influence on others.

Your Lens for Seeing Life

Your Lens for Seeing Life

Like the lens of our eyes (or eyeglasses), we all carry around internal thoughts, feelings, and ideas that filter our everyday experiences and help us make sense of life. As the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Philippi, he begins by giving us insight to his core principles that help him understand life through the lens of joy.

Fear Not

Fear Not

I lacked trust. It felt like there was a fine line between putting my complete trust in God to see me through and keeping some level of control over the situation. Then I realized – that’s the pride in me.
I came to understand that putting my complete trust in Him means letting go and trusting other people as well.

Captive Thoughts

Captive Thoughts

Our minds are not immune to the battle of good versus evil. Since the devil comes to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10), thoughts can creep in that take our minds off God’s goodness and faithfulness.
But, praise God, we serve the One who has already won the war over evil.

A Conduit for a Blessing

A Conduit for a Blessing

As it says in Jeremiah, like the tree, we must plant ourselves by the water and extend our roots by a stream. When we plant ourselves in God’s presence and drink from His Word, He never fails to produce fruit.

Day 8: Jesus is Resurrected!

Day 8: Jesus is Resurrected!

The journey of the cross was a nightmare for those who witnessed it first-hand, but one they couldn’t wake up from. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we reorient ourselves to our eternal reality – the grave has been defeated, death has lost its sting. When we feel lost, when the world feels too large and uncertain, Easter serves as a resounding alarm in which we reawaken to our King who is seated on His throne with glory and power.

Day 7: Jesus’ Body is Taken Down From the Cross

Day 7: Jesus’ Body is Taken Down From the Cross

As Joseph of Arimathea carefully took Jesus’ broken body down from the cross and reverently wrapped it in the linen shroud, I can imagine his stunned disbelief. He had invested time following Jesus, seeking answers, hoping that He truly was the Messiah, the Savior of Israel. And now it was over.

I imagine Joseph had been waiting all afternoon, holding his breath, for Jesus to throw off death as easily as He’d done it for Lazarus. As the finality of His last breath sunk in, he must have been so devastated, so confused. Wait, what?

Day 6: Jesus Dies

Day 6: Jesus Dies

On a spring day in the early first century, the entire universe experienced this moment. The light of the noonday sun was overcome as the darkest moment in all of history occurred. But it is in the darkness that the new day begins. In the Bible, the new day begins not at sunrise, but at sunset – and there was evening and morning the first day (Gen 1:5). The Sabbath, the rest of God, begins at sunset on Friday. The gateway to God’s rest opens in the darkness.