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Prayer Corner

May 2018
I was recently at a worship service and the pastor said to her congregation, “We are an Easter church.” When I hear this my first thought was you mean this congregation is a Christmas and Easter church, there are many of those. But she didn’t say Christmas and Easter she just said Easter. The more I thought about it, it started to make sense. I thought about what Jesus said to Martha at the raising of her brother Lazarus from the dead. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" 27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world." This is what that pastor was telling her congregation by saying, “We are an Easter church,” believing in a resurrected Lord and Savior, not just a martyr dying on the cross, but a Savior dying on the cross for our sins and then defeating death by rising from the grave to live again. After thinking about this, my thought is it’s okay to be called “An Easter person,”  because that means I believe in our risen Lord Jesus Christ and have eternal life.

Dear Father, we thank you for this Easter season, a time to remember what your Son did for us. Just as He raised Lazarus from the dead we have that same promise. Lord, through the Holy Spirit let us grow in our faith knowing the great reward you have for faithful followers. Amen.

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