The Paschal Candle Extinguished (Acts 1:1-11)

The Paschal Candle Extinguished (Acts 1:1-11)

Though the comparison is imperfect, the Paschal Candle reminds me a little bit of the candles on a birthday cake. We light it/them briefly, giving thanks to God for the gift of Life that that the burning flame represents. But then we extinguish the fire, with applause and celebration, eager to dig into the gifts that have been set aside for us to receive.

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Life in the Valley of Death (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Life in the Valley of Death (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Not only does the Spirit/Breath enter and enliven the bones littered on that valley floor when Ezekiel, at the Lord's invitation, invites Him to do so. The Spirit of the Lord puts Ezekiel on that valley floor to begin with. The Spirit, you see, is in the business of taking what should not be able to live and to cause it to thrive. 

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Sons and Daughters of Encouragement (Acts 4:32-37)

Sons and Daughters of Encouragement (Acts 4:32-37)

The early church was not always a place of perfect harmony, but testimony to the Christ who on the third day "rose again, from the dead" bound the people of God to one another and to those in need who were close at hand. By God's abundant grace they gathered to pray together.  By God's unexpected mercy, they broke bread together. And by God's sufficient provision, they devoted what they had to one another, sharing where they could so that no one might be without.  As they engaged what really mattered in the game of life they became sons and daughters of encouragement for one another. The risen Christ at work in and among them meant that they would never be alone. 

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