Exultant

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever danced for joy before God? Or shouted with glad hoorahs? Outloud? Or jumped up and down with abandon? All because your sins are forgiven and your destiny delivered from death? Most of us have done all these actions at sporting events, at weddings or parties, but before God in worship? Resurrection Day […]

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Remember the Lamb

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A rough wooden cross. Central image of Easter, of victory over death. But the cross without the Lamb would be meaningless. “A body thou has prepared for me,” Jesus said (Hebrews 10:5). A human form was His dwelling place among us. But from the beginning this form was destined for sacrifice. Incomprehensible that His deity […]

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Speechless

By Barbara Rainey | March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Before His accusers, all of them false, all of them dead wrong, Jesus did what none of us could or would do. He stood, silently eloquent. His life did all the talking. We, however, would have defended ourselves, thereby ruining the power of the moment. Proof, if any was needed, of our absolute depravity. Jesus […]

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Marvel

By Barbara Rainey | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

When we don’t understand a concept (investment or legal language for instance), we usually dismiss it. If an idea or statement doesn’t fit into a category we comprehend we push it away as useless information. So it is with much of what Jesus said. “the things which I heard from Him (the Father), these I […]

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Forget the Bunnies

By Barbara Rainey | March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rabbits, eggs, candy, and chicks have nothing to do with Easter. Nothing. Really. We Christians have creatively found meaning in eggs—they represent new life. An empty shell, the empty tomb. FamilyLife’s resource Resurrection Eggs® helps children learn the Easter story through a familiar tradition of the egg hunt. But Paul famously said when he became […]

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