Archive for April, 2008

The Encouraging Word

Friday, April 4th, 2008


Although Easter Sunday has passed, the Easter Season has just begun. For the next 40 days the Church will continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a good thing to think about the fact that Jesus has overcome death and offers us His Resurrection life. The power that brought Jesus up from the grave is the same power that is available to us as His children every day: It is the power of the Holy Spirit.

In Eph 3:16-21 Paul prays that we would “be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man” and continues on to write that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. “ It is this very power that saved us and it is this very power that can strengthen us daily for all that the Lord has called us to do as His Servants and as His Church. We should remember this daily.

When my children were young I composed a prayer for them to say before they went to

sleep. It was a prayer of confession based on the Promises that the Bible had for them. Part of this prayer focused on my hope that they would come into the salvation experience of the Lord…”I Thank you, Lord, that by Your Grace I understand that Jesus died on the cross, rose up from the grave, and lives today that I might have eternal life through the gift of Repentance.” Certainly it is a simple prayer but it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to truly understand the impact that such truths can have upon our daily lives and in our inner man.

May the events of Easter fill our hearts and minds every day of our lives that we might be encouraged to know the amazing power that is available to us, to the Church and for the world. Jesus, indeed, is the Resurrection and the Life for all and for all times.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…” Eph 1:18

Note to Phil Bonasso: Thank you for leading your family into the hope of the Resurrection through your steadfast love and faith towards God and towards us.