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The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

According to the calendar, Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday) happens just once a year. But it’s something we would do well in observing every day of our lives.

The culmination of Holy Week, Resurrection Day unites believers the world over, in celebration of a risen Christ who died for our sins and triumphed over death. For this we rejoice, because we have a hope. So why then, during the other 364 days, don’t we live like we know and believe this with our whole hearts?

If it were easier, we probably would. Here are seven suggestions that might help us do this better:

 Recognize your sin for what it is. When you closely examine your own
sinfulness, that’s when you realize what’s really going on in your heart.

 Keep a proper perspective of your state. He is God. And we are not. In
your day-to-day decisions, how often do you consult your heavenly

 Give thanks where it is due … to God! Do you begin each day with
thanksgiving? When you wake up, do you immediately count your

 Worship the One who saved you. What are your current debts? A
mortgage? A car note? School loans? If someone paid off your costliest
obligation, how would you feel?

 Keep your focus and don’t waiver. What gets you off course in your
life? Certain friendships? Entertainment choices? Bad habits? Remember
that in Christ, you are a new creation.

 Put God first and give him your all. God put us first. He gave us his
firstfruits, his son Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. What are your
firstfruits to God?

 Be heavenly minded while on
earth. “You’re so heavenly minded, and
you’re no earthly good.” Yes, it takes
effort to not get lost in the clouds and to
put hands and feet to our faith.

Renew your faith in Christ this Easter!!!

Rev. Larry J. Bergstrom