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Easter Sunday

April 24, 2011

My greatest need is to be known; to be known for who I truly am – not just by the multitude of personas I wear, but by my true self, unmasked.

My greatest fear is to be known; for who could bear my true self? Who would not be horrified or repelled by the true Blake, exposed?

I heard my name today spoken by One I thought was a stranger, but now I see was my Lord. He called my name. I am fully known and yet He did not abandon me but rather raised me with Him.

I think I just caught fire!


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  1. Linda Caldwell permalink
    April 24, 2011 4:59 pm

    The day has come to celebrate and reflect.

    Christ has risen! He has risen indeed. It is interesting that our study asks us to respond by doing one thing differently or more boldly today because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, it is not just celebrating but actually doing something differently, boldly because of the resurrection. I am asked to do that thing, whatever it may be, today. Not when I get around to it, but today. Wow!

    I pray that I can be as focused today as Mary was on the day of resurrection. She really did something bold on that day.

    Linda Caldwell

  2. April 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    When we meet the risen Christ, we want to hang on to him, like Mary Magdalene did. But Jesus needs us to witness to his power and strength. We have to come down from the mountain top and meet the people where they are.

  3. Sungho Lee permalink
    April 25, 2011 5:52 am

    We usually have fear for the unknown, something that we do not know. Resurrection? That is something new. Mary and other women had fear because that is something that they did not know. However, the Bible also says that they had great joy! They had great joy because the angel said that Jesus was not in the tomb but risen! This joy overcomes fear!

    We have also fear. Is this “Catch Fire in 50 Days” a movement that will spark fire in the heart of people in our conference? Are people going to be critical about it? Can our conference still exist after 10 years? Are our churches going to be alive and well after 20 years? Are we going to be still channels of God’s grace after 50 years?

    We have all the reasons to have fear. But our fear is overcome by our great joy. I do not know our future for sure, but I know for sure one thing: Jesus has risen and now has been working among us. I have this joy that the risen Jesus is with us. That is enough. That is the one sure reason that we still have hope.

    We are Easter people. We can overcome whatever happens in future because Jesus is with us.

  4. Jay K. Pierce permalink
    April 27, 2011 9:46 am

    in response to blake’s post, i find it so ironic that the risen christ can call our name, and yet the organized church invites us not to reveal who we truly are…god calls us by name, but the church does not want to know us, totally. on easter; i wonder, ‘what’s wrong with this picture’.

    we celebrated new members this day…one is transgender….god calls her by name, and she responds, like mary. wouldn’t it be ironic if in 50 days, the organized church could respond in just that same way….

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