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Easter - April 2009

Infinite love and eternal life begin the instant you believe this promise from Jesus: “Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19). Find out more here...

01-04-2009
Happy Easter
Happy Easter

Remember those connect-the-dots pictures that you drew as a child? The Bible is like that: Connect certain passages in the right sequence, and you reveal a hidden picture, a spiritual truth, a mystery of God. There are thousands of pictures between its covers. Here’s a favorite of mine.

1. Romans 5:8: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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01-04-2009
My Avocado Tree
My Avocado Tree

Avocados are one of my favorite fruits—delicious and nutritious. I have various herbs growing on my kitchen windowsill, and decided to use the little remaining space to try to grow an avocado plant.

Following the tips I found online at wikihow.com, I held the seed pointed side up and stuck four toothpicks into the middle section of the seed at even intervals so it could rest half-submerged on the mouth of a small jar filled to the brim with water—and waited. Weeks went by, and there was no sign of life. By all appearances, it could have been a...

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01-04-2009
God’s Free Offer
God’s Free Offer

Jesus came to make salvation as easy as He could. That’s one reason why the religious leaders of His day wanted to see Him crucified, because their religious system as good as said that nobody could be saved without following their complicated laws, traditions, and religious rigmarole.1 Jesus taught that all we need to do to be saved is believe that He is the Christ, the Savior, and that we are sinners in need of salvation, and then ask Him for salvation.2

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01-04-2009
The Choice
The Choice

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”1 God’s love is all-powerful, but He won’t force it on you. Instead, He sends His Son, Jesus, to knock at the door of your heart and then wait for you to open the door and invite Him in.

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01-04-2009
Why I Believe the Easter Story
Why I Believe the Easter Story

By the time Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, He had suffered one of the most torturous forms of execution ever conceived. His back and sides were a crosshatch of deep lacerations from flogging. There were holes through His hands and feet from the spikes that had pinned Him to the cross, and there was a gaping hole in His side from a spear thrust clear to the heart. Smaller wounds bore witness to other parts of the ordeal—gashes from a mock crown made of thorns and scrapes from when He had fallen under the weight of...

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01-04-2009
Keeping the Faith
Keeping the Faith

Question: My family and most of the other people I’m around every day aren’t interested in spiritual matters. How can I “keep the faith” in what seems to be an increasingly skeptical world?

 

Answer: Faith is atthe core of our spiritual lives, so it’s worth fighting for. Here are a few tips that can help yours not only survive, but thrive:

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01-04-2009
God’s Eternal Love
God’s Eternal Love

As soon as I got connected to the Internet, dozens of messages that had piled up in cyberspace while I’d been traveling from the Middle East to Europe flooded my inbox. I wearily started separating junk mail from the real thing, and in the process was surprised to find a note from someone I hadn’t heard from in a long while. It read, in part:

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01-04-2009
Easter Meditations
Easter Meditations

The meaning of Easter is not found in cute bunnies and colored eggs. For us who know Jesus, it’s so much more. It’s when He conquered death and the grave. Easter is the fulfillment of Jesus’ love.—Amanda White

 

Jesus departed from our sight that we might return to our heart and there find Him. For He departed and, behold, He is here.—St. Augustine

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01-04-2009
The Easter Story
The Easter Story

The triumphant entry into Jerusalem:

{bible50}Luke 19:29-40{/bible}

 

Eating the Last Supper with His disciples:

{bible50}Luke 22:7-30{/bible}

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01-04-2009
On Easter Day
On Easter Day

On Easter Day the lilies bloom,

Triumphant, risen from their tomb.

Their bulbs have undergone rebirth,

Born from the silence of the earth

Symbolically, to tell all men

That Christ, the Savior, lives again.

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01-04-2009
Renewal of Spirit
Renewal of Spirit

“If anyone is in Christ,” the Bible tells us, “he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”1 That transformation begins the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts and lives, but it takes considerably longer for us to get into Jesus—to get completely immersed in Him and grounded in faith.2 The more we do that, the more of our old thoughts and habits pass away, and the more “all things become new.”

What better time than Easter, the celebration of the ultimate rebirth, to get renewed in spirit?

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01-04-2009
Prayer for the Day: Renewed

Jesus, I was nothing, yet You came and died for me so that You might always have me with You. You reached down to the depths for me, and I took hold of Your hand. Sometimes, though, I get so caught up in the cares of this life and the things around me that I forget You. But even when I do, You understand and keep loving me and encouraging me to come to You. You keep reminding me that You’re always there, waiting for me to come to You and be refreshed and renewed. When I turn my...

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01-04-2009
Let Me Touch You
Let Me Touch You

When I walked the earth many, many years ago, I went about doing good to all who crossed My path. I healed the sick, comforted the brokenhearted, lifted the spirits of those who were discouraged, and strengthened those who felt weak. And My love and power are the same today! I still long to touch and heal the bodies of those who suffer, and I still long to encourage the hearts of those who stoop under heavy burdens or go through difficult times. Since returning to Heaven I have touched many who lifted their hearts to Me and told...

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