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Breaking the Bonds   Leave a comment

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This past weekend all believers in Christ celebrated the reality of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  For believers, this is also a reminder that we are given the opportunity to be resurrected.  When we think of this concept, first it is hard to grasp, second we usually apply it to the physical reality of our humanness.  However, I think that there is more hope that can be found in this concept of resurrection.  I think that Jesus was not only offering a resurrection of our human form and spirit, but I also think that Jesus was offering a resurrection of how we live.

Today, I received word that a project which I have worked with some outstanding colleagues on has come to the brick wall of institutionalism.  We had discussed that the project that we were working upon would meet some level of resistance.  In fact, many of us frequently raised the fear that we may have invested time, energy, personal reflection, and dreaming only to be shot down by the institutional power in the end.  I was hoping that these fears were unwarranted.  However, the legalistic nature of the institution has reared its head and is trying to undo the creative solutions that we are prepared to propose.

All of this has led me to ask the question, “Can we truly break  the bonds of our structures to attempt creative approaches in a new environment?”  This question leads me back to Easter morning.  On Easter morning we celebrate the reality that Jesus broke the bonds of human existence by raising from death into life.  This is what gives me hope.  Even Jesus has the power to overcome these bonds and has given us the same power, then I am convinced that even the bonds of structure within an institution can be overcome.  I do not have a clear path on the “how” in my mind but I am confident that the group of which I am a part will be able to find the “how” and we will succeed.

Easter tells me that the bonds can be broken.  Now I must have faith that it will and does happen.


Ash Wednesday   Leave a comment

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Today is the day in the Christian calendar when we pause to take inventory of our lives.  As people, we often seem to run from our mortality and often try to run from our sin.  This day is a day when we acknowledge both.  Throughout the world, Christians will attend a worship service where ashes are placed on their foreheads and they are reminded of both of these facts.

Some view this day as a day of sadness.  I would agree that it truly could be a day of sadness if it were not for the reality of the cross.  If we believed that at death everything ended and our existence was gone forever, then sadness definitely would fill us when we think of our mortality.  If we believed that our sin is every with us and there is no way to have it removed, then sadness would fill us.

However, we do not believe those things.  We believe that through the actions of Jesus Christ, both of these concerns are removed.  First, through his death on the cross, we have been given forgiveness for any and all of our sin.  Second, through his resurrection on Easter, we are given eternal life beyond the grave.  So this does not need to be a day of sadness.

Instead, today is a day that reminds us of why Good Friday and Easter are so very important.  We are reminded of our sin and the resulting death.  Yet, we are also reminded of our forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life.

The Day After   Leave a comment

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For many believers, there is a lot of activity and emotions wrapped up in Holy Week and the celebration of Easter.  After all, Easter is the most significant holiday for a believer in Jesus Christ.  The core of our beliefs is based on the events of Good Friday and the end results of Easter morning.  We proudly declare that Jesus has risen from the grave and that the tomb is empty.  The grace and love of God is seen fulfilled in Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.  It is this grace and love that is the bedrock of a Christian’s faith system.

But what about the day after?  Another Holy Week and Easter have come and gone so now it is time to get back to the regular events of life.  Or is it?

Much like Christmas, the Easter season is not confined to one day a year.  In the church calendar, the Easter season lasts for 50 days.  This is the time between the resurrection and the ascension of our Lord.  So the early church leaders felt that this was an important time for believers to focus on what it means to be “Easter Christians.”  This is a time for us to think about how the reality of the resurrection of Jesus should guide our lives.  The joy that we felt and experienced on Easter morning should not end the next day.

I need to live as a person of the resurrection.  I need to live as someone who has experienced the grace and love of God demonstrated in the events of Holy Week and Easter.  I need to live as someone filled with the joy that these realities create within me.  I need to share the story of Easter with others so they may be introduced to the grace and love of the Lord.

How are you living the days after Easter?