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Easter 2018
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  Romans 6:4, “We were buried with Him (Jesus) through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is the Holy Day and holiday  celebrating the resur-rection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It  happened on the third day after His burial. The celebrations  include early morning sunrise services, festive family meals,  Easter egg decorations, Easter egg hunts, and Hot Cross Buns.  Hot Cross Buns The traditional Hot Cross Bun has been celebrated since a 14th century monk invented it. It  is a spiced sweet bun with currants or raisins and made with a cross on it. The imprint of a  cross on top of the bun symbolizing the cross that Jesus died on. The spices inside the bun  signify the spices used to embalm Jesus at his burial.  Easter 2018 Personally I think Easter is my favorite day of the year. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus  Christ is the primary event on which our faith is based. As Bill Gaither’s song says,  “Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow.” I would add that we can face today with its joys  and trials, and we can face yesterday with its victories and defeats and disappointments and  failures.  Resurrection Power In a new book entitled Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that  Changes Your Life, Henry and Melvin Blackaby write, “The resurrection is more than just an  event that happened once in history. It’s the source of the power you can experience in your  own life, every day. The same resurrection power that brought Jesus freedom, death to life  is available to you, and if you tap into it, you’ll see amazing transformation in your own life,  too.”  The book lists 10 ways we can experience resurrection power every day:  1. Use the Power now, not just in Heaven. Our hope of the resurrection isn’t just for the  future when we physically die and go to heaven, “it’s also for now; while we’re living on  earth. Make use of that God-given power to help us overcome sin right now, and every  day we’re alive.”  2. Trade Religion for Relationship. Place our hope in a dynamic relationship with  Jesus. As we live for Him, relying on His resurrection power at work in our lives, we will  experience the fulfillment of all God’s good purposes for us. Instead of focusing on  what we can do for God, focus on what God can do through us.  3. Set Eternal Priorities. Let’s ask God to help us see our life from His perspective.  Let’s look beyond the world’s temporary values to what has eternal values and base  our decisions on what matters most in eternity.  4. Die to Self. Death must always precede resurrection. We must be willing to sacrifice  selfish desires and agendas that conflict with God’s purposes for our life. Wemust let  Christ crucify our selfish attitudes and behavior, so that God will raise us to new life  and help us grow to be more like Jesus.  5. Expect the Impossible. Christ’s resurrection power will take us into situations that  are impossible for us to deal with successfully on our own. God will challenge our faith  when we ask for His resurrection power in our life and we will experience greater  adventures than we can imagine. (I can attest to that, JFH)  6. Experience Resurrection Peace. We can ask God to flood our soul with the peace of  knowing that we’re in a right relationship with Him. We don’t have to live with guilt and  shame because His resurrection power forgives our sins.  7. Experience Resurrection Joy. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we’ll experience  joy which will remain constant despite our circumstances. Joy is the ability to see  beyond our circumstances to God who always acts according to what’s best for us.  8. Use Your Resurrection Authority. One of the greatest things on earth is to see a  person born again. Let’s make full use of the authority we have as a Christian to lead  other people into God’s eternal life.  9. Experience Resurrection Confidence. Since God is on our side, we can be  absolutely confident in His love and don’t need to be afraid of what the future holds.  When we encounter trouble, trust God to lead us through it and accomplish His good  purposes in the process.  10. Experience Resurrection Hope. Our salvation means that we don’t need to fear  death. Expect God to fulfill all His promises, and trust those promises for our own life.  Let’s rejoice in the hope we can experience every day as we live in His power of the  Resurrection.  ~J Fred Huff
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  Romans 6:4, “We were buried with Him (Jesus) through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is the Holy Day and holiday  celebrating the resur-rection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It  happened on the third day after His burial. The celebrations  include early morning sunrise services, festive family meals,  Easter egg decorations, Easter egg hunts, and Hot Cross  Buns.  Hot Cross Buns The traditional Hot Cross Bun has been celebrated since a  14th century monk invented it. It is a spiced sweet bun with  currants or raisins and made with a cross on it. The imprint  of a cross on top of the bun symbolizing the cross that Jesus  died on. The spices inside the bun signify the spices used to  embalm Jesus at his burial.  Easter 2018 Personally I think Easter is my favorite day of the year. The  Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the  primary event on which our faith is based. As Bill Gaither’s  song says, “Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow.” I would  add that we can face today with its joys and trials, and we  can face yesterday with its victories and defeats and  disappointments and failures.  Resurrection Power In a new book entitled Experiencing the Resurrection: The  Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life, Henry and  Melvin Blackaby write, “The resurrection is more than just an  event that happened once in history. It’s the source of the  power you can experience in your own life, every day. The  same resurrection power that brought Jesus freedom, death  to life is available to you, and if you tap into it, you’ll see  amazing transformation in your own life, too.”  The book lists 10 ways we can experience resurrection  power every day:  1. Use the Power now, not just in Heaven. Our hope of  the resurrection isn’t just for the future when we  physically die and go to heaven, “it’s also for now; while  we’re living on earth. Make use of that God-given  power to help us overcome sin right now, and every  day we’re alive.”  2. Trade Religion for Relationship. Place our hope in a  dynamic relationship with Jesus. As we live for Him,  relying on His resurrection power at work in our lives,  we will experience the fulfillment of all God’s good  purposes for us. Instead of focusing on what we can do  for God, focus on what God can do through us.  3. Set Eternal Priorities. Let’s ask God to help us see  our life from His perspective. Let’s look beyond the  world’s temporary values to what has eternal values  and base our decisions on what matters most in  eternity.  4. Die to Self. Death must always precede resurrection.  We must be willing to sacrifice selfish desires and  agendas that conflict with God’s purposes for our life.  Wemust let Christ crucify our selfish attitudes and  behavior, so that God will raise us to new life and help  us grow to be more like Jesus.  5. Expect the Impossible. Christ’s resurrection power  will take us into situations that are impossible for us to  deal with successfully on our own. God will challenge  our faith when we ask for His resurrection power in our  life and we will experience greater adventures than we  can imagine. (I can attest to that, JFH)  6. Experience Resurrection Peace. We can ask God to  flood our soul with the peace of knowing that we’re in a  right relationship with Him. We don’t have to live with  guilt and shame because His resurrection power  forgives our sins.  7. Experience Resurrection Joy. If we allow the Holy  Spirit to lead us, we’ll experience joy which will remain  constant despite our circumstances. Joy is the ability to  see beyond our circumstances to God who always acts  according to what’s best for us.  8. Use Your Resurrection Authority. One of the greatest  things on earth is to see a person born again. Let’s  make full use of the authority we have as a Christian to  lead other people into God’s eternal life.  9. Experience Resurrection Confidence. Since God is  on our side, we can be absolutely confident in His love  and don’t need to be afraid of what the future holds.  When we encounter trouble, trust God to lead us  through it and accomplish His good purposes in the  process. 10. Experience Resurrection Hope. Our salvation  means that we don’t need to fear death. Expect God to  fulfill all His promises, and trust those promises for our  own life.  Let’s rejoice in the hope we can experience every day as we  live in His power of the Resurrection.  ~J Fred Huff
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