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Pastor’s Newsletter Article

This is the latest of the articles Pastor Richert writes for the monthly church newsletter.

Rise and Shine!

When I was growing up at home, my dad would often wake us up by shouting, “Rise and shine!” Basically he was telling us to get excited about the privilege we have of living another day.

God expects us to use each day to glorify Him. We are exhorted in Eph. 5:15-16 to be careful how [we] walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of [our] time, because the days are evil.” Jesus told us that we are to shine as lights in this dark world to point people to Him (Matt. 5:14-16). So every morning our goal should be to rise and shine for Jesus.

Sadly, we are often more like the women who went to Jesus’ tomb the first Easter. They were sad and confused about what had happened to Jesus. They approached the day with a sense of hopelessness. But their perspective changed when the angel told them that Jesus had risen.

Matt. 28:8 tells us that “they left the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.” The women were filled with excitement because of Jesus’ resurrection. They couldn’t wait to tell the disciples. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we need to view each day as an opportunity for us to rise and shine for Jesus.

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