The Cross, Everyday Life & Easter

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Jesus loved children. Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, taught those who were willing to hear and showed a perfect way to live. He was kind and gentle and ferociously just. For those of us who have left all to follow Him… he has given the Spirit of God to dwell in our hearts. And yet, so often I find those same qualities so hard to live out in everyday life when my flesh gets in the way. That’s why Easter, and full weekends like this, are so powerful. They remind me and challenge me to live more like Jesus.

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Easter Cupcakes by April (my sister)… Isn’t she talented?!

Easter weekend is probably one of the most profound celebrations in the life of a Christian as we think about the greatest acts of Jesus. We celebrate Jesus’ birth with great fanfare, but Easter… Easter is where our entire allegiance begins to make sense. We’re not just following a baby. We’re following a man who took all of that dirty sinful nature on himself and stood in our place. Easter – days set aside to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is where we can stand tall, knowing that we have been bought with a price and can from here go forward. Boldly.

I was able to go to the Living Last Supper this week, a dramatization of the Gospel according to John. It was a powerful, beautiful look at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. If you ever get a chance to go, do it!

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I also did Secret Church (simulcast from David Platt’s church in Birmingham), a fabulous 7 hours of intensive Bible study and prayer for the persecuted church. I am so glad to have gotten to share this with friends and have some great discussions on breaks. I’d encourage you to learn more and consider listening when you can! This year’s topic was “The Cross and Everyday Life” and I can think of no better topic for Christians…

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All of this, coupled with the Easter services and time with family, challenged and encouraged me in fresh ways about sharing the Gospel and living like Jesus…

How was your Easter weekend? What wells in your heart as you think about the death and resurrection of Jesus? 

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