40 Days of No Fear

Fear makes a liar out of each of us. In both big and small ways, fear causes us to fall short of pursuing and fulfilling God’s promise for us. (In Greek, the word sin, αμαρτία, literally means “to miss the mark,” so I don’t see sin as something that breaks us, but rather simply separates us from our true selves…just like it separated Adam and Eve from God.) Fear stops us from following God’s calling for us. Think of the Denial of Peter – Jesus knew Peter would deny him three times out of fear of being associated with Christ. We’re often shocked by this, but would you be strong enough to act differently? DO you act differently? Each time you give into fear and ignore God’s call to you, you’re denying him and the power he has over the world.

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Only Through Death

Today, the Orthodox world buries Christ. On Great and Holy Friday, we mourn the death of Christ on the Cross as we remove his body and prepare it for burial. Today is a day centered on the effects of sin. Today, in anticipation of ultimate triumph, sin nailed Christ to the Cross in order to prove its sovereignty. Once and for all, sin aimed to separate God from his most beloved creation.

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