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It is finished.

Easter was this past Sunday. This is the sentence that I am stuck on.

It is finished.

…and yet it is the beginning, because it is finished…

death conquered death

freedom is possible

new life is possible

Jesus said, “It is finished,” for you and me.

Jesus conquered death and lives…

“It is finished” is not the end…

it’s only the start or beginning of something new…

you see, there is so much more…

after “it is finished”

What will you do knowing that “it is finished”?

You will find God when you seek him with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

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This is the song that has been playing over and over since Good Friday!  I shared with some young adults that my Easter observations this year would reflect my “oldness”.  When I was growing up singing this song on Easter Sunday was a given, and of course, it is Dunlop Federal Law.

I have also been challenged this Easter to seek ways to keep the celebration of the Resurrection alive all year-long in my life and in the lives of the children that I serve and minister to.  A celebration that reveals that Jesus Christ is alive and well, and makes a difference in our lives every day.

This song uncovers a personal testimony

Look for it.  Is it yours?

as well as a description of the essence of Jesus Christ–

Look for Him.  He lives.

Enjoy the lyrics!  Let them embed themselves in your mind and in your heart and in your soul.  He lives today!

He Lives!

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

He lives.

So now how do I choose to live?

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Clamoring Silence

“It is finished,” He said.

It’s Saturday.

 All is seemingly calm and still, but

the disciples are filled with questions,

thoughts clamoring in the silence

What should I have done?

What has he done?

What happened that it ended like this?

How could I have changed it?

Why did I run?

Why am I hiding?

with fear,

Who will they come for next?

What will happen to me?

What does any of this mean?

with nothingness . . .

What do we do without Jesus?

Who hears and knows me and loves me now?

Why Jesus?

It’s bleak.

It’s joyless.

It’s painful.

It’s waiting . . . in the silence . . . with all the clamoring

the glass is empty . . .

or is it?

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He is alive again!







all things are new

I wonder what Monday was like for the disciples – not just the 12 but for all of Jesus’ followers.  How was life different?  What were the conversations about around town?  Oh, yes about Jesus’ resurrection but what was the context?















Trying to figure out how it happened?

 Life would never be the same.

Jesus, his life, his death, and his resurrection changed the world.

What about your world?

Has Jesus transformed you?

Do you and do I invite him into our lives every day?

Remember – he is alive again!

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It’s Saturday, and we all know Sunday is coming!  We celebrate Sunday.  We long for Sunday, and yet we mostly live in Saturday.

Saturday the day when all is lost– hope, joy, love, a new way, a new teacher…..

On Saturday he is not Messiah or King or Redeemer or Deliverer.

On Saturday he is dead.

The glass is empty

or. . . is it?

Is Saturday the end?

In the midst of  pain, we easily forget what we know.

Jesus told his followers many things.

I have prepared a place for you.

When I go, I will return.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Time to live every day remembering…

Jesus  is alive again!


His words are true for us every moment.

Saturday or Sunday?

It is what it is . . . Or is it?

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who gives to us . . .


new life,

awakening trees,

buds and leaves gracing the empty branches,

tulips, lilacs, daffodils, hyacinths,

smells of spring,

sunny days,

warmth of the outdoors,

rain to water the grass,

green grass,

 an empty tomb,

a risen Savior,


new life,

God has created a beautiful world

and a beautiful life

for us to receive with thankful hearts!

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Good Friday

we remember

they, the followers of Jesus

ran away,




tried to remember,

asked each other questions,


asked God a lot of questions,

screamed in frustration,



tried to breathe,

tried not to think,

wanted to forget,


tried to figure out what Jesus meant,

questioned everything that Jesus said,

remembered how Jesus loved,

waited . . .

Good Friday is a day of remembrance, a day of waiting, a day of lingering,

Yes, we know the rest of the story.  Try to walk in their sandals for a moment.

Let’s remember Good Friday.  Jesus has died.  For his disciples the world came to a standstill.  Let’s not rush the waiting of the disciples in their pain . . . Yes, Jesus prepared them, but they just couldn’t imagine that it would all end like this on one Friday afternoon.

How do you wait and remember when it’s all over?

As we wait with the disciples in this life crisis, we just might insert ourselves and our responses when we do not understand what God is doing.

It’s a day to remember and wait together

for even when we think, it’s all over

God is continues to love the world

remember He gave his only Son for you.

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He is going away.  He has tried to prepare them.

Does Jesus wonder . . .

Do they understand?

Obviously not by our conversations.

Will they remember?

Well, one will betray me.

Another will deny me.

What else can I say?

How do I keep them together?

I know that they will scatter tonight.

Will they fit the pieces together?

What more can I show them?

I have given them a day of celebration by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

I have taught in the temple this week.

I have shown my anger at the thievery in the temple rather than prayer.

I have shared the Passover Meal with them again, a freedom celebration.

I have provided for them a remembrance.

I have prayed for them and all believers.

We sang together.

I requested their prayers and support for the night and day ahead.  They tried.

In the midst of a nighttime arrest, I have shown calmness and compassion to them.

They are gone.

I will soon be gone.

Will they remember all that I have taught them?

They will experience every emotion possible soon.

Will they remember?

I wonder what Jesus was thinking as he prepared to leave them to redeem them, his followers, forever.  How easily we forget . . .

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Who is washing feet?

Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.  Every one of them including the one who betrayed him, the one who denied, and all who ran away.

Whose feet do I wash?

Whose feet are you washing?

Not too many are volunteering for this task.

I would rather . . .

instead of washing feet.

What does washing feet look like in our lives?

Think of the things that you would rather not do for someone else.

That’s a good place to start.

Who is washing feet?

Whose feet?

in Jesus’ name.


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Fun @Church

Last Sunday we celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection.

This Sunday is Holy Humor Sunday or Bright Sunday.  I discovered this tradition last year and adopted in children’s ministry.  We had a great time laughing and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection again in an unusual way.  The following information comes from the Joyful Noiseletter where I discovered Holy Humor Sunday.

Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity-“Holy Humor Sunday” celebrations of Jesus’ resurrection on the Sunday after Easter.

For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday, including “Bright Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter), was observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced.

The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh,” the early theologians called it.

In 1988 the Fellowship of Merry Christians began encouraging churches and prayer groups to resurrect Bright Sunday celebrations and call it “Holy Humor Sunday,” with the theme: “Jesus is the LIFE of the party.”

Many churches from different traditions responded enthusiastically. Holy Humor Sunday services are bringing back large crowds to churches on a Sunday when church attendance typically drops dramatically.

If you Google “Holy Humor Sunday” on the Internet, you’ll be amazed at how widespread Holy Humor Sunday celebrations on the Sunday after Easter have become among churches of all traditions. It’s clearly a movement of the Holy Spirit to shore up belief in the resurrection of Jesus.        –from the Joyful NoiseLetter

Have some fun at church tomorrow!

Surprise your pastor with your new knowledge of Holy Humor Sunday!


Jesus is alive!

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