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where do you need to rise again

On this Easter afternoon, my mind went back to an old Dallas Holm song (how’s that for going retro!).  It’s the song, “Rise Again,” an appropriate song for Easter weekend.  Here’s the chorus:

Cause I’ll rise … again;
Ain’t no power on earth can keep Me down!
Yes, I’ll rise … again;
Death can’t keep Me in the ground.

The promise of scripture is straight-forward: Because Jesus was raised to life, we, too, may life a new life (Romans 6:4).

Death couldn’t keep Jesus in the ground.  What’s holding you back?  Is there a part of you that needs to rise again?

  • Perhaps you’ve let go of a dream because it seemed impractical or the timing wasn’t right.  Is it time for that dream to rise again?
  • Maybe you have a relationship that has been broken and needs to be restored, but neither party is willing to take the first step.  Is it time for that relationship to rise again?
  • It could be that you’ve allowed a particular gift or talent to atrophy.  Is it time for those gifts and talents to rise again?
  • It might be that Satan has convinced you that you’re not good enough or worthy enough or valuable enough.  Is it time for confidence to rise again?
Don’t let this Easter weekend pass without thanking God for raising Jesus from the dead … and for his power to raise you from the dead, too.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. — Romans 6:4