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REFLECTION: Luke 24:36-53

Thank You, Lord!!!  I have overflowing joy this morning– our King died for us so we can know heaven, but God didn’t leave Him in the grave, He is alive!  Only God’s wisdom can design a perfect plan that unconditionally blesses the imperfect, us. Share the love of God and the joy of Christ’s sacrifice as you celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your loved ones today.  I can’t stop jumping and shouting– He’s alive!  He’s alive! Hallelujah! Jesus is alive!

Employ purposed living,

Zi Bailey

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REFLECTION: Book of John

I’m still soaking up His love– continue to reflect on God’s perfect gift of forgiveness and salvation.  Pour your heart out to God on this day. Oh, how He deeply loves you!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” — Luke 23:19

Jesus was traded for a murderer named Barabbas– Pilot released the man who had been thrown into prison for violent uprising against the government and for murder.  Jesus Christ, son of God, took his place.  Our Savior was also traded for a thief named Nikki, a pedophile named James, a fornicator named Gina, a drug addict named Rosie and a child abuser named Debbie.  He gave His life to cover a woman named Angie that aborted her first child. He died for Marcus the wife beater, Pastor Chris who’s known for being a lying manipulator, for Rico the three time DUI alcoholic and for sinners like you and me.  Wow, a perfectly innocent Christ voluntarily traded His blessed life for our flaws, so that you and I could have the presence of God on earth and eternal life in heaven.  If that doesn’t bring you to a place of complete appreciation and thanksgiving this morning, I don’t know what will.  Our perfect Lord died for putrid people– He died for us.  What an abundant blessing our God is!

REFLECTION: Luke 23:19-24

Lord, what a sweet privilege— to know that I can ask You for forgiveness and that my sins will be removed from me, as far as the east is from the west and I will be safe from ALL condemnation of my sins.  Lord, right now at this very moment, I ask you to forgive me for _________________________.  I turn away from it all, Daddy and I thank You for the blood of Jesus that makes me pure as snow.  In Jesus’ matchless name I pray, Amen.

Continue to reflect on God’s perfect gift of forgiveness and salvation.  Pour your heart out to God, He is listening!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

I have this overactive imagination, so it’s easy for me to picture the scenes as I read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.  Besides the crucifixion itself, the part of the story that gets me all choked up is John 19:25-27.  Can you imagine loving a friend from the bottom of your heart like she’s your sister and you are at the prison with her mother moments from her death sentence.  Then your friend looks at you with tears flowing down your face, your nose is running with mucus– your chest is heaving because you can’t stop crying from the thought of your friend dying.  You’re a complete mess, your friend’s mother is torn to pieces at the thought of losing her child, then your friend turns and says, “Mom, here is your daughter.  Friend, here is your mom.”  My goodness!  What a beautiful picture of an “adopted family” journeying together in love and caring for one another in the midst of brokenness.  I have a heavy heart just reading this.  I can’t help but be forever grateful to God for Christ.  I am extremely thankful that God adopted us into His kingdom through the great sacrifice of His son as substitution for our sins.  Continue in the last few days of this journey by reflecting on our Heavenly Father’s relentless love for you.  Lord, we thank You for Your amazing grace!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

REFLECTION: John 19

Lord, your amazing heart just captivates us and sweeps us off our feet.  We run out of words when we come into Your presence because we are so in awe of You.  Our desire is to live more like Jesus.  Lord, we model our prayers this morning after Christ.  Equip each and every one of your daughters to finish the work you gave us to do.  We pray this morning for the individuals You’ve sent our way and those You will send to journey with us in life– may we disciple them well and teach them about Your great love.  We pray for the Body of Christ, Father.  Pour out Your glory on all of Your children.  We pray for our enemies, Lord.  Forgive the ones that conspire against us– protect them from their destructive actions and replace their venom with the love and peace of Christ.  Strengthen us to walk boldly in love despite the hatred that permeates this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflection: John 17 & 18

Lord, we rejoice today– we have joy made possible solely because of the passion of Christ– thank You, Jesus for Your sacrifice!  In trusting You, we have unshakable and assured peace despite the evil in the world.  We know that times will be difficult, but through You, Jesus, the world has been conquered.  In You, we have everlasting joy like a river perpetually overflowing. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

Reflection: John 16

Lord, as we reflect on Your sacrifice, we can’t help but be in awe of You.  Everything about Your perfect love for us renders us speechless.  You have such an amazing heart, Lord.  Just thinking of Christ’s servant heart blesses us abundantly– the love He displayed and the grace He extended, especially in the last days leading up to His murder.  Father, teach us how to model after You.  Show us how to give more of ourselves  despite betrayal.  Show us what washing other’s feet look like in the context of our present day relationships.  Change our heart’s Lord so that we can serve like Jesus did in the midst of the pain.  In the matchless name of Jesus we pray, amen.

Reflection: John 13: 1-20