Celebration Of New Life 

Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said, The old life is a grass life, its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers; Grass dries up, flowers droop, God’s Word goes on and on forever. This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.  ~1 Peter 22-25 MSG

It has been almost 5 years that I have been on a journey towards the heart of Jesus. However, I can clearly remember the feelings of being lost and broken. I was completely defined by the enemies lies and all of my failures. 

Life had caught up to me. 

I thought I was alone.

For years, I didn’t know who I was, nor what I was capable of becoming. One thing I knew for sure was that I was tired of holding on to life’s wounds and the unworthiness that hovered over me. I was done running. I was finished turning my face away in shame. I was ready to surrender. 

I was ready to start living and I could hear God’s call for me. He was pursuing me. He delivered a reprieve from my old life, a safe place to grieve and a process of growth. 

God has changed me from the inside. He has revealed his goodness to me, and that is where I find value and a place to belong. It is also where I have merit and a purpose to continue on his path for my life.

5 years ago, there was no possible way for me to see any light that existed, let alone, conceive where my life was headed. I was so used to weathering all of the words that depleted me. They were who I was.

Today, I have been blessed with new life. As I prepare to celebrate the last 5 years, I realize how much I have learned, not only about myself, but also about other people.

When God gives new life along with a new heart, we are capable of seeing life, people, and ourselves in a new way. I’ve learned that it doesn’t necessarily matter what a person looks like on the outside, where they’ve been or have come from. 

New life is the experience of something greater. It is the anticipation of what is to come. Life is about understanding the importance of connection, while building relationships like Jesus did through acts of transparency, safety, and acceptance. New life is about living the message of love. It is about understanding we were created for and knowing who we are in Christ. 

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas

Freedom 


Worthy Thought: True freedom in Christ means….

Freedom from death. We have eternal life through the salvation of Jesus Christ, not anything we do, but from God. 

In the Bible it is relational to spiritual freedom that a person can experience in Christ Jesus. 

Through Jesus Christ the law of the spirit of life sets me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) 

If the son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36) 

According to Christ a person can’t be spiritually free unless he has Gods Word; 
His truth makes you free. 

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “if you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

We experience true freedom in Christ by knowing Him, walking in his ways, and abiding in The Word.  

Those who find freedom in Christ also become God’s children. The sons and heirs of The Most High, the partakers of the inheritance – eternal life. 

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Amen

           ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Alive 

  
The Word is breathing

It comes alive as it ignites the heart

To beat against winds of the world

Trying to bring us down with them,

But greater is He who lives in us

Than he who is in the world,

Therefore, I cannot be shaken;

I will stand as lost nations fall into the sea-

The sea holding frail bodies that disconnect

From life, into death their souls dive deep,

But those who lock hands with God

Their soul begins

Colliding with a love so real

It heals a wound

From infection, allowing its door to open

Without knowing the outcome; trusting Him

Who called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light

That encompasses a tired, lost soul from taking life from itself,

He takes the soul, reigniting its heart to bloom before ashes,

To live before death, forgetting its purpose, and choosing life

To embrace in every moment, circumstance, and season.

                   ~Bethany Anne 

 

A Genesis Week 

  
I was reading in the word this week in The Message version, Psalm 51:10. It says
Psalm 51:10

God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.

 

As I was reading I felt God begin to impress on me – that is what he is wanting to do in His people. He wants to begin a Genesis week in your life. He wants to breathe new life and growth into you.

 

The universe is always expanding. Always growing, always going. Bursting with life. That began in Genesis, when God spoke it into being. There is no limit on the creative power of God.

 

God has spoken some things into being in our lives. Some of us have promises that he has given us that we have not yet seen in the natural. But the scriptures promise us that if God began a good work in you, He is faithful to complete it and that His word does not return void! Stay faithful to your covenant with God. Keep trusting. Keep looking to Him. You may not see it yet, but if God has spoken it, it is on the way.

 

Some of us have seen the fulfillment of promises in our lives. They have walked out a portion of God’s plan for their life and now they feel that their time has past. God’s word is alive in you! The fulfillment of a work in you and through you is not the end of all work in you and through you. The fulfillment of a purpose in you is not the end of all purpose in you. He has more for you. The life and power he has spoken into you through His word is always growing and always expanding.

 

His word says that He makes all things new. He has made each of us the promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. The Bible is full of promises that God spoke into being for your life. I encourage you, keep walking with God. Keep reaching out to Him and seeking Him. He wants to start a Genesis week in you and breathe His life into you.

                           ~Dana Smith 

  

Resurrection 

  

 

Define: 

Resurrection can be defined as the act of restoring a dead person, condition of being restored to life, and the rising again from the dead of all mankind at the Last Judgment.  

 

Affirm:  

Act 3: 13-15 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

 

Recall:  

The past few days were days in which we gathered with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Many of us started our weekend on Good Friday- coming together to break fast from Lent.   Then many of us gathered in our communities to take our children Easter Egg hunting.  Lastly, many of us celebrated the rising of Christ on Sunday.    

 

The resurrection of Christ is a big deal and I will recap the importance of this weekend. 

1. Jesus proved how divine he is by dying on the cross.  
2. Christ died to forgive us of our sins. 
3. The resurrection proves that we can have eternal life
4. The resurrection proves that the enemy can be defeated.

 

I thank you Lord for Christ’s resurrection!  As I pondered more this Easter Sunday, I thought wow sometimes I feel like the enemy tries hard to defeat me.  I am so thankful that in GOD in Christ, I am restored.  I am so thankful that Christ died so that I can be free.  I am so glad that I can have eternal life.    


You are resurrected and God can bring restoration in your life!  


Exercise:

 

Dear GOD,

 

Thank you so much for giving up your son for me.  I am so grateful that in him I have eternal life.  Please help me to put all my trust in you O’Lord.  God just like you resurrected your son; I seek restoration, and healing in my life.  I love you and thank you.  

 

Commit to the challenge.  I DARE you. 

               ~Lereca Monik 


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