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Springtime is in the air, I love this time of year for so many reasons! I love the warm weather, seeing the trees & plants bloom, & just being outside feels great after a long cold winter. I also love this time of year because we celebrate our Risen Savior & King. As we come upon Easter & Good Friday in the next few days I’d like to just remind you to never forget.

Never forget what? You might ask. Well sometimes I find, myself included, that we get so much into church, Christianity, the religious routine that we forget to really reflect what Christ did for us. Not long ago at church I sang at they were taking communion & I was kind of just watching people as I was waiting for my turn, it kind of hurt me watching people as they would quickly take the communion, then immediately start talking, playing with their cell phone or reading a bulletin. Like they didn’t even know what it was about or what Jesus did for them. Every time I take communion I’m reminded of what Jesus said when He said, “This do in remembrance of me.” Sometimes I think do we really remember? Have we heard it so much, been to church so much, saw the pictures & sang the songs so much that we forget just what Jesus really went through for us?

I know there have been times in my life where I just have to step back & refocus on what’s it’s all about. It’s easy to caught up in everything that encompasses what being a Christian is about so much that we forget where the source of our life in Christ really comes from, His death & resurrection. If you’ve seen the movie “The Passion” it really brings it home & is a great reminder to me of the unbelievable love & mercy that Jesus had for us. I don’t ever want to forget what I felt the first time I saw that movie I couldn’t even speak for a while afterward I was so overwhelmed by thinking that Jesus did that for someone like me, that’s hard for me to understand.

I want to encourage you this Easter weekend amidst all the dinners, egg hunts & other fun things we do, not to forget the Savior who hung on that cruel rugged cross, for you & I. The good news is the story didn’t end there Jesus is alive today & I am so thankful that we are serving a Living Savior! One of my favorite all time songs is “The Old Rugged Cross” so in closing I’d like to share these amazing lyrics & thoughts of this song with you all, Happy Easter everyone!

“The Old Rugged Cross”
On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross
The emblem of suff'ring and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

In the old rugged Cross, stain'd with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I'll share

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Please feel free to leave feedback & comments, I love hearing from you all

Comments

April 21, 2011 @02:13 pm Very true and God Bless you this week Jimmy !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dave McCullough
April 21, 2011 @12:17 am I love this time time of Year as well I gave my life to God on a Easter Sunday.Im so thankful for the Cross Thank God to be free to Worship Him.Just Pray for me and my Family.Happy Easter to you and your Family naomi

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