Easter is over – Now What

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Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him–but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus resurrection was not an ending! Nor was it just for His closest disciples!
Through the process of recovery, we are all headed in the same direction. We are all offered new life, through faith in Him. New lives in which we are instructed by Him to help others in recovery grow spiritually. 

Why Recovery?

Recovery will help us to build solid SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
Luke 6:49
He who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

Recovery will introduce us to the KINGDOM OF GOD
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Recovery will help us develop GOOD CHARACTER
Genesis 22:1 God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Recovery will help us to CHANGE OUR LIVES
John 4:39 Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”

It is our hope that through Living Life Recovery EVERYONE will get an introduction to establishing Spiritual Recovery Foundations that will help them gain a fresh perspective on life. That they will gain new insights into living. And most of all they will meet the god of the Bible and He will help you to change your life forever.

Easter Is Over – LET’S DO OUR PART!

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Do the right thing!

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We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off– and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it–life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly– the best of everything, the highest honors– Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.  Isaiah 53:6-12

Whenever we suffer from doing what is right in God’s name through His will He will use it to minister to others and will make things right either in this life or the next.

He is Risen!

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As the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. (Matthew 28:1-9 NLT)

Grace now envelops the planet. Jesus destroyed death and brings life and immortality through his living Word; in other words, Jesus’ Resurrection put death to death. In his blood is salvation, life, heavenly sweetness, the strength of mind, and joy of spirit. Dare to participate in his way, his truth, and his life.

Lord, I pray, by grace, to live by faith in the Son of God, who loves, and gave himself for me. I pray for courage to take up my cross daily and follow you. Amen.
MATTHEW 28:1-10; 2 TIMOTHY 1:9-10; REVELATION 1:18; JOHN 14:6; GALATIANS 2:20

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Day of Waiting

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The religious leaders had manipulated the Roman Governor to condemn an innocent man who was a threat to the religious status quo and the Pharisee Temple Corporation. Dozens of witnesses saw Jesus’ body lowered to the ground, placed in a grave carved in the rock, sealed by a large stone, and now guarded by an elite squad of Roman soldiers. The religious leaders had to be very pleased with how quickly they had removed the trouble-maker from their midst.

Jesus’ tomb became God’s workshop to undo the tragedy that had taken place in the Garden of Eden. He kept his promise spoken hundreds of years earlier. It was God’s will that his Son dies and lay in the grave to cover our sins.

Separated from his Father on our behalf, Jesus willingly carried out his assignment, meeting sin and death alone. Allow Jesus’ blood to cleanse you. Rejoice that death has no more power over you.

Lord, what a stressful day of waiting for your disciples. With hope and expectancy, I await the morning light of your resurrection. I know the planet will rumble when daybreak arrives. Amen

“I’m still your God, the God who saved you out of Egypt. I’m the only real God you’ve ever known. I’m the one and only God who delivers.” Hosea 13:4

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Jesus lived, died and was resurrected for me and for you!

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That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. We neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. So, Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 Romans 12:2~ Ephesians 2:10 – Romans 8:28 

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Day of Waiting

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Jesus, tortured and weak from loss of blood, carried his cross to Golgotha. He persevered to the destination where he took upon himself all our sins, shortcomings, and character defects. Each nail driven into his hands and feet, every insult yelled, and each gob of spit was ours. The soldiers threw dice for his garment. The first words of reverence spoken to Jesus since being taken prisoner was by a criminal next to him. His seed of faith knew Jesus had done nothing wrong, and his request to be remembered was honored.

Jesus cried out to his Father in anguish as he was forsaken. The light of the Son died, as the light of the sun darkened. God, being perfect and just, couldn’t look at his Son because our sin was on him. In death, he was separated from his Father: the spiritual desolation of the darkness and silence more agonizing than the physical torture.

Joseph, Nicodemus, and others took Jesus’ body and laid it in a tomb, sealed and guarded by Roman soldiers. The Pharisees thought the problem of Jesus was taken care of.

Lord, thanks for honoring your Father. I’m so grateful for your great love—to accept agonizing torture and die so that I might live. I’m humbled you endured separation from your Father for me. Amen

 

The men in charge of Jesus began poking fun at him, slapping him around. They put a blindfold on him and taunted, “Who hit you that time?” They were having a grand time with him. When it was morning, the religious leaders of the people and the high priests and scholars all got together and brought him before their High Council. They said, “Are you the Messiah?” He answered, “If I said yes, you wouldn’t believe me. If I asked what you meant by your question, you wouldn’t answer me. So here’s what I have to say: From here on the Son of Man takes his place at God’s right hand, the place of power.” They all said, “So you admit your claim to be the Son of God?” “You’re the ones who keep saying it,” he said. But they had made up their minds, “Why do we need any more evidence? We’ve all heard him as good as say it himself.” Luke 22:63-71

 

 

The Garden

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Gethsemane means place of crushing. The name comes from an olive press located there. Jesus came to the Garden to be crushed. The agony, horror, and deep distress he experienced was so humanly unbearable that he asked his Father if it were possible to avoid the suffering. In a glorious moment, he reaffirmed why he had come to earth as a human: he chose the Father’s will over his own, and he did it for you.

Satan’s incessant, unrelenting attacks against him were all lies: How can one man do this? Do you really believe you can bear the full burden of sin? Saving their souls is too costly. No one, never, ever! Who is your Father? All were attacks against God’s plan of salvation and the very essence and identity of Jesus.

Jesus fell face down to the ground, and an angel from heaven came to strengthen him. He was in such agony of spirit his sweat fell to the ground as great drops of blood. Jesus’ identity gives you a new identity in him.

Lord, I’m so touched by what you endured for me. I pray, by your grace, I will endure the devil’s attacks against my new identity in you. Amen.

MARK 14:32-36; LUKE 22:43-44

You can’t love God and resent others.

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Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples–when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:34-35.”

Step Eleven: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him

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