Tuesday, March 21 2023

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Bible Order: 2 Sam 17–19
Chronological Order: 1 Samuel 4-8


Happy New Life!

Luke 9:1–17

Today is the day after Easter; the day after we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ.  His resurrection assures our own.  It is through His resurrection that we have hope for eternity.  In Him we have a new birth.  Some look at January 1st as a time to contemplate where they have been and where they hope to go in the future.  Others do the same on their birthday.  Of course, being born again you have a “spiritual birthday” as well.  Any of these are an opportunity to take a spiritual self-assessment, which I highly recommend.  Every day is the first day of the rest of your life, and today, the first day after Easter, has particular poignancy.

You have a new life, a new beginning brought about by the resurrection of Jesus.  What are you going to do with that life?  Most of us just stumble through our new life in Christ with little spiritual growth as a result.  Why not regularly stop and ask yourself how you are doing as a follower of Christ?  Why not make a list of the things the Holy Spirit is urging you to change and develop a plan to make those changes?  It can be very hard to break a habit.  They say to begin a new habit takes up to 6 months, but how long does it take to extinguish a bad one?  I think you have to replace a bad habit with a good one.

So, instead of reading a comment on today’s passage, I’m asking you to take a few minutes to search your heart for what God is asking you to change in your life and to formulate a plan for doing so.  It will take at least 6 months to make the change, but you will grow in the Lord as you make an earnest effort to obey.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,


Dying to self, living to serve!


Today's Bible Reading: Luke 8:26–56


Today's Bible Reading: Luke 9:18–36

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