Thursday, February 7, 2002

Resurrection Afterglow!

After he was raised from the dead, the disciples remembered that
he had said this. And they believed both Jesus and the Scriptures.
-- John 2:22 (NLT)
We often feel that our faith would be greatly bolstered if we
could have been there to have seen Jesus personally. However, John
and other New Testament witnesses remind us that many of the truths
about Jesus are hard to accept, understand, perceive, discern, and
believe without the knowledge that God raised him from the dead. His
resurrection makes his sacrifice powerful in addition to being
praiseworthy. He is not a martyr, but a Savior because he faced his
cruel enemies, suffered a death of disgrace, was buried in a borrowed
tomb, and rose triumphantly as our glorious and powerful Lord. We
don't follow the teachings of a wise, but now dead leader. We have
found truth because we follow a resurrected and living Lord.

Open my eyes, Holy One, to the truth that you, God my Father, have
given me a powerful and real Savior in the resurrection of Jesus from
the dead. Open my heart, dear God, to your grace and truth displayed
in Jesus as he ministered on earth and triumphed through death to
give me eternal life. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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February 7, 2002

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives
of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
-- Psalm 97:10

Hate -- what a bold and powerful word. We must not hate people.
We must hate evil. Tough combination to pull off, but absolutely
vital. Evil is here because of the Evil One -- the champion of
hate, lies and death. So when evil rears its ugly head, let's be
courageous and oppose Satan and his work. In the process, let's
pray for those trapped in its tentacles, even if they consider us

Almighty God, make my heart pained by the evil in my world.
Give me a holy revulsion to things opposed to your will and
character. Yet Father, just as you redeemed me by grace, and
rescued me while a captive to sin, give me courage to care about
those who are in the Evil One's embrace. Through my Savior I pray.