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March 2016: A Word From Dr. Stanley

If you’re like most people, the thought of death raises a lot of questions and also stirs up strong emotion. Without eyewitness reports from beyond the grave, it’s understandable that the subject evokes fear in the human heart. But Christians need not be afraid, because God’s Word reveals what awaits us. In fact, Christianity is the only religion with a Savior who has died and come back to life. The message of Christ’s resurrection is the most awesome news mankind will ever hear—and it needs to be carried to the uttermost parts of the earth.

The literal fulfillment of these events proves we can trust Jesus with everything, in both this life and the next.

It’s a message we can share with confidence because we know everything Jesus said is true. He not only foretold He’d be crucified and raised on the third day; He also promised He wouldn’t leave His disciples as orphans but would send the Holy Spirit to indwell them (Matt. 20:18-19; John 14:16-18). The literal fulfillment of these events proves we can trust Jesus with everything, in both this life and the next.

The resurrection should inspire us to talk about the hope we have in Christ—that because He lives, we can live forever, too. His shed blood atoned for our sins so we could be forgiven and accepted into God’s family. His resurrection proves that all who believe in Him will be raised to life.

When your life is all about Jesus, you will be a walking, talking example of Christ living in you, with a message of eternal hope to share with a dying world.

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18 Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,

19 and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up."

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

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