Day 27 of 46

We are just over half way in the journey to Easter. It feels to me that Easter Sunday is approaching very quickly. I was thinking this morning about how quickly it really will be here and how I want to be ready to experience as full and exciting as a celebration as possible when Easter does finally arrive. Today’s passage is helping me in preparing.

I think to fully experience the joy and the excitement of Easter, I must first sense the gravity of my sin and the greatness of God’s grace. This is what Paul is after in Ephesians 2:1-10. I would encourage you not to just read through the passage, but to linger in it… allow it to focus your heart on who we are, who God is, and who God desires us to be.

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

About Pastor Connie

Connie grew up moving all over the States. Seeing the sites and experiencing the cultures across our country helped develop a love for traveling. Connie spent middle school and high school living the Northwest. After graduating high school, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University were she received a degree in Child Development. She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Northwest Nazarene University and currently serves at Pastor to Children and Families in a church in Eastern Oregon. If she is not at the office, or out with elementary kids, or watching Upward basketball, she is filing her time with exercising, coffee shops, movies, and game nights. Currently she is reading Strengths Based Leadership (Tom Rath & Barry Conchie) and her life goal is to finish War and Peace by Tolstoy. Top movies: The Princes Bride, Joyeaux Noel, Despicable Me Top music: Derek Webb, Rend Collective Experiment, David Crowder Band, Tyrone Wells Top places to travel: San Diego, England, anywhere warm View all posts by Pastor Connie

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