Hold on tight

For millions of Christians around the world, Easter week represents the most important truths about our faith… the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Take time to mediate upon the events surrounding the last days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. What does the cross of Christ mean to you? How does its significance apply to your circumstances now?

Never lose hope in the resurrection. Still, you can’t get there without the cross. They are like two sides of the same coin. One is obedience, sacrifice, mercy, redemption, and love. The other side is the Glory of God.

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Text of reflection about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:24-25

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.

John 4:43

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18

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In the darkest night

For those that suffer greatly, there are no words that can truly help. Only you fully understand your situation and pain. Seek help from those you trust, but above all, cry out and find strength in the Lord.

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Reflection about the dark night for believers in Jesus Christ

In the course of those many days the king of Egypt died. And the people of Israel groaned under their bondage, and cried out for help, and their cry under bondage came up to God.

Exodus 2:23

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Taking a break

Once in a while things calm down. You get a break from all the turmoil. When this happens, stay centered. If you go to God only when you have trouble, you miss out on a huge blessing.

When times are good, get ready for the next struggle. This doesn’t mean you need to be pessimistic. Instead, it means you are a solid person. No matter what, Christ is your center.

You don’t need an excuse to celebrate. In good times and bad, every day is a reason to praise God for his good work in your life.

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Taking a break

Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:42-44

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Quick & light

You can always go to God when you need help, but it’s better to avoid problems if you can. If you’re always hurrying around, you don’t have time to listen to God. So stop. Listen. He will show you things. He’ll warn you about danger ahead.

In God’s presence, he gives you his perspective. You remember and see things with more clarity. You make connections and come to conclusions that weren’t there before. This saves you time since you avoid mistakes. Life won’t be perfect, but you’ll reduce unnecessary suffering.

Take time to pray. Let the Spirit of God light a clear path for you!

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He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

Psalm 18:33-36

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The answer

The mystery of human behavior never ends. What explanation do we have for the pain and hurt we see? Is God responsible for it all?

Sometimes you want answers from God. You get upset or frustrated with how your life turned out, so you blame God. What’s his answer? Would it be better if he waved a magic wand to make it all go away? No more hurt, no more worries… and what about love?

The greatest love is not an emotion. It’s a sacrifice. When we hurt, bleed and struggle for others the heavens rejoice in our humanity. Christ experienced this in the most profound way. For this he is glorified. The intensity of his love changes your history forever.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 

John 3:16-17

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Out of the night

Are you tired from the struggle? Just keeping up with chores, bills, responsibilities and family issues can be overwhelming. And what if you have a personal crisis? What happens when you have really big issues to deal with?

To face important challenges, sometimes it’s worth returning to the beginning. Go back to the moment when you first experienced the love of God.

How did you feel when you finally said “yes” to our Lord? Do you remember? That moment lives forever. It can restore you. Return to the beginning and be born again.

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Out of the night text

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
    his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength. 

Isaiah 40:28-29

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman′u-el. 

Isaiah 7:14

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You call out to me

Very few things are constant in the world. People and situations change all the time — but God’s Word is eternal.

When you struggle or doubt, nothing helps you as much as reading the Bible. Sometimes even prayer isn’t the best option since you might be confused. God’s Word is stable. You have it right there in front of your eyes. When you read the Word, you receive clarity and purpose. Then later – in prayer – the message sinks in deep.

When things get tough, stop what you are doing and open up your Bible. You might not want to, but do it anyway. It’s miraculous how the Scriptures can restore you.

Reading the Bible should be part of your everyday routine. God’s living Word is Jesus Christ. It’s a wonderful mystery. When you read the Holy Scriptures, your soul gets fed directly by the Son of God.

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You call out to me

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.

John 1:14

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

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Make Way

Is there any room for real goodness anymore? How do you respond to so much anger, hurt and conflict these days? Many temptations distract us. We want to manipulate and control…  or maybe just give up. Return your focus to what brought you to your knees at one time. At the feet of Jesus you can see the answer clearly.

God's goodness

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But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Luke 15:20

The Purifying Fire

Facing a mistake you made? Or maybe your attitude harms the ones you love. How do you get through this awful sensation? It’s never easy. Meditate and pray upon the deeper truths of God’s forgiveness and love. In Christ, all things can become new again.

The Fire

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29