My 40th Spiritual Birthday

My friend and brother in Christ has given me good words again. This Easter marks the 40th anniversary of his rebirth … remember? “You must be born again!” While he is marking his 40th spiritual birthday, many this weekend are being reminded of the simplicity of the faith and the wonderful grace of Jesus in dying for all our sins. Rest in His grace this weekend and celebrate the hope that all believers have because He rose from the grave! Happy Birthday, Mitch!

Mitch Teemley

I walked into a church for the first time in my life on Easter morning 40 years ago. I’d never before heard the words “He is risen” or the traditional response “He is risen indeed!” much less said them. As I spoke those words I sensed that my life would be Resurrectionchanged forever. Mark Twain said the two most important days of your life are “the day you’re born and the day you find out why.” Easter 1976 was the day I found out why.

Is the Easter story your story? Or is it just Jesus’ story? Faith, real faith, is not a spectator sport. It’s up-to-your-cleats-in-the-mud participation. Jesus’ prayer for his followers–the reason He died and rose again–was “so that they may be one, as we (He and the Father) are one…so that the world may know.” (John 17:22-23)  People need to see Easter in us!

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