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March 24, 2015, 10:05 AM

Making the Most of Easter

Holiday.  The word actually is a shortening of “holy day.” To be holy means to be “set apart.”  The church from its inception has always set apart certain days, and acknowledged them as “holy,” so we can take in the amazing, redemptive love story of what God did through Jesus Christ to rescue His people and restore us back to right relationship with Him.   The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5: 19-21 (NLT):

19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

As the Easter holiday approaches, I encourage you to make this year different.  Yes, we will have all the festivities, egg hunts, chocolate, and family get-togethers.  In addition to that, make it a point to share with your family the Easter story.  A great place to start is any of the gospels and read the last few chapters that cover the events of the last week of His life.  Discuss with your family why Jesus came, why He willingly laid down His life as a sacrifice for our sins, and the awesome news that He has risen from the grave and conquered sin and death.  Share with them importance of embracing God’s free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Underscore why we must each choose to follow Christ on a daily basis.  We must help our kids internalize God’s love for them.

Faith grows as we hear the word of God and act upon it.  Let’s make this Easter season a meaningful time in our families spiritual lives.  Most churches will have services on Thursday, Friday & Sunday.  Make it a point to attend as a family.  May the Lord bless you and your family.

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris


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