My 40th Spiritual Birthday


The Easter story is more than just Jesus’s story. It is also a story of us and how we were given a second lease on life by the One who took upon Himself the fate that was due to all of us because of our sins. Our response to this should be more than just giving thanks but acting on our faith in our daily lives so that others too may be as we are in Christ.

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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