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April 2003


"For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." (I CORINTHIANS 15:3-5.)

Our heavenly father, we thank you for Christ our Savior, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

As the Lord Jesus was delivered for our transgressions and rose again for our justification so may we walk continuously in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

Help us not only at this season of the year but every day to live without fear, to live in perfect peace, to live with confident faith in him who for our sakes died and rose again.

Dear Lord, as we rejoice and sing praises to you at this resurrection season, grant that Christ may rise again in every heart where He has been entombed.

May he become a living Savior, the vital force, and directing power in the church and in the personal lives of His followers.

In the world that now knows him not, may his grace restrain the forces of evil and strengthen the forces of righteousness.

Our hope is in Jesus Christ alone. We are assured that only through him can victory come--and we are confident of that victory.

O Lord, In Philippians 3:10 we read, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death." That is indeed our hope in this Easter season--that we will know the Risen Lord, and that we will share Christ that others may know him also.

O God, may the power for Christian living, released in the world by the glorious resurrection of our Lord, be felt in the lives of all your children.

Not only at the Easter season, but every day, cause our hearts to be bright with the undimmed light that shines through the centuries from the open tomb, out of which the Master came forth in glory.

Let no redeemed child of God live in darkness, or gloom, or sin. Let all who are called by your name keep themselves in the glorious light of your love.

In the only name under heaven given among us whereby we may be saved, we make our prayer. Amen.



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