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Easter Power

He’s Risen … No Foolin’

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Day 1: Read Mark 16:3-6. The story of the resurrection is not just good news; it's true news. Easter is not a metaphor of some vague hope. Easter means death has no power to take you from the arms of the Father. Guilt cannot separate you from God. Whatever bad news you face, if you have trusted Jesus you have a resurrection coming! Where do you need to remind yourself you have a resurrection coming?

Day 2: Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead forms the foundation of the Christian faith. Turns out Easter is more than a piece of fake news fantasy, but the real true story of God’s good news for you. Paul writes 20 years after the resurrection of Jesus with 500 plus witnesses including himself. What does it mean for you that Easter is not just a great story, but a true story that actually happened?

Day 3: Read Mark 16:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. Both Peter and Paul have their own stories of second chances. What’s your story of second chances? Where do you need God’s forgiveness, His second chance for your life today?

Day 4: Read Mark 16:7. God has paved the way. Two disciples who abandoned him and women at the tomb who show up overwhelmed and a bit clueless, Jesus does not abandon them nor you. He paves a path for you to follow – the presence of Jesus leading the way. As you look at your life in the past 24 hours, where have you seen God paving the way before you? As you look at what the next 24 hours holds, where are you asking God to pave the way? Spend time thanking Him for His presence and asking for His guidance as you face the day ahead.

Day 5: Read Isaiah 25:6-9. As a fan of a feast of rich foods, I think that’s absolutely awesome what God can do. Better than your cell phone’s GPS is the God who goes ahead of you--not just in the big changes of life, but the everyday moments that define our lives. Today take the angel’s words to heart, “He is risen. He is going ahead of you”, and then pray through specific moments you will face today (work, school, family, friends), “Jesus is risen and goes before me this day as I...”

Day 6: Read Mark 16:8. If this is the last verse of Mark’s gospel, he provides a bit of a cliffhanger. Somebody told the good news, and will you tell the good news? For Mark, your life is the next chapter in the book--even if the last chapter didn't end the way you wanted it to end--even if it seems like every day ends with a cliff-hanger, you can finish the story. Because Jesus Christ is alive, and He is with you. What story do you sense God writing in your life today? Whom is God inviting you to share the story of Jesus with today?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel.

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That You May BELIEVE

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 20:30-31 (NIV).

Monday: Read John 20:25 (NIV). Like Thomas, what doubts do you have about life, faith, and God? Everybody lives by faith in something or someone. How do you keep your faith aligned with God when doubt comes?

Tuesday: Read John 20:27 (NIV). How does Jesus deal with Thomas’ doubts? How has God helped you in dealing with your own doubts? Where do you go with your doubts? How can you help someone who, like Thomas, is dealing with doubt?

Wednesday: Read John 20:28-29 (NIV). What questions do you have for God? What answers have you experienced from God to your questions? Jesus blesses us in verse 29 for believing (and then seeing). As you look to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, what leads you to believe? Why?

Thursday: Read Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV). When doubts come, don’t use them as an escape from God, but a straight path to God. Where do you need to lean into trusting God at this point in your life?

Friday: Read John 20:30-31 (NIV). All the stories John includes in his gospel account, including the three involving Thomas (John 11, John 14, and John 20), remind us that God meets us in everyday life with His presence, peace, and power. Where do you need to remember that God is present in your life? Where do you need to experience His peace? Where do you need a touch of His power? Most amazing of all, where is He leading you to bring His presence, peace, and power to someone else’s life?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). God meets us on all the roads of life: Hope Highway, Doubt Drive, Worry Way…What name would you give to the path of life on which God has you right now? Take Paul’s affirmation of God to heart, pray the boldest prayer you can imagine for the path of life before you. Write that prayer down and see what God will do!

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

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Experience The Power Of Easter

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s Easter message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 20:18 (NIV).

Monday: Read Acts 10:39-40 (NIV). Who are the witnesses that have lead you to experience the power of Easter? Who is God calling you to witness the power of Easter? Why are Peter’s words essential to understanding and experiencing Easter’s power?

Tuesday: Read Acts 10:43 (NIV). How does Peter’s personal experience with forgiveness impact the message he shares with Cornelius? What sins do you need to bring today before Jesus to ask forgiveness? Who might you need to forgive?

Wednesday: Read John 20:4-8 (NIV). John and Peter go to the tomb and John puts the pieces together to believe Jesus is risen. As you look at God at work in your life, what is your theory for where He might be leading you? How does that match up with God’s Word? With experiencing the power of Easter in your life today?

Thursday: Read John 20:15 (NIV). Mary Magdalene hurts and Jesus brings her hope. What hurt do you need to bring before Jesus to receive His gift of hope? Where might Jesus be leading you to help someone hurting to experience the hope Easter brings?

Friday: Read John 1:38 (NIV). Take some time to think through and pray through Jesus question, “What do you want?”  Picture Jesus asking you that question, what is your answer?

Saturday: Read John 20:18 (NIV). When you experience the power of Easter, joy leads you to share the message. Mary Magdalene goes and tells the disciples. Who is God calling you to share the Easter story with? When will you share the Good News with them? Who can you pray for to know and experience the power of Easter?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

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Palm Sunday: Building Castles With Jesus

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As we gear up for Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter), Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Luke 19:31-32 (NIV).

Monday: Read Colossians 2:6 (NIV). You received Christ by faith, how then should you live? from these passages how would you define faith:  Acts 27:25 (NIV), Romans 4:20-21 (NIV),  and Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).

Tuesday: Read Matthew 21:22 (NIV), Romans 15:13 (NIV), Ephesians 3:12 (NIV), and Ephesians 6:16 (NIV). What does faith make possible?

Wednesday: Read John 15:7 (NIV), Romans 8:28 (NIV), and Galatians 6:7 (NIV). What promise or truth do you see in these passages, and is there a condition placed on the promise or truth? Why do you feel God places conditions on some of His promises?

Thursday: Read Psalm 33:16-17 (NIV), Proverbs 28:26 (NIV), and Jeremiah 9:23 (NIV). What are some unworthy objects in which people may place their faith? Read Mark 11:22 (NIV). Who should be the object of our faith?

Friday: Read Hebrews 11. This is an incredible chapter in the Bible on faith. Read through this entire chapter, taking note of the things accomplished by faith. Which of the things accomplished by faith do you consider to be the most significant? Why did you choose this?

Saturday: Discover how Jehoshaphat used the promises of God. Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. What was the first thing Jehoshaphat did? (2 Chronicles 20:3 & 2 Chronicles 20:6-12). How did God answer him? (2 Chronicles 20:15) What was a promise? What was his next response? (2 Chronicles 20:18) How did he encourage others? (2 Chronicles 20:20) What was the result? (2 Chronicles 20:22 & 2 Chronicles 20:27) How can you apply what you've learned here to your life?

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