All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
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Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
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I have had a lifetime in the church and nearly forty years as a pastor, so it is not surprising that I have a store of Easter memories. I think of outdoor sunrise services, choir anthems that lifted my soul, and dozens of Easter sermons. I remember an Easter sermon I heard when I was perhaps fifteen; God bless the preacher who could leave such an impression on a teenager! And I am happy to say that I can recall quite a number of the sermons I myself preached over many years as a pastor in Wisconsin and in Ohio.
My most striking Easter memory did not happen on an Easter Sunday, however. It happened in a cemetery, which offers its own kind of appropriate Easter setting. The deceased was a schoolmate of mine, nineteen or twenty years old. I admired him for the beauty of his faith and character; he was the kind of person whose very presence always made me want to be better than I was. But his body was as weak as his faith and character were strong; it almost seemed that he died because he was not strong enough to live.
As they lowered his casket into the ground, a trumpet quartet played a familiar Easter hymn, “Lo in the Grave He Lay.” Suddenly his mother, an exemplary Christian, lifted her arms toward heaven and audibly gave praise to God. She was victorious in the hour of loss; her resurrection faith was utterly certain.
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