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The Empty Egg


One afternoon near Easter, in the warm springtime weather that northern lands enjoy at this time of year, a teacher gave a large egg to each of her students. She had cracked open and emptied each one. Then she sent them outside to find signs of life and put them inside their eggs.

Soon they returned. In one was a butterfly. In another was an ant. Others contained flowers, twigs, or blades of grass. But one egg had nothing in it.

Everyone knew whose it was—it belonged to a boy with Down’s syndrome. Some of the kids laughed at him. The teacher asked him why he had not put any signs of life in his egg. He said quietly, “Because the tomb was empty.”

That boy knew a profound truth.—Easter is more than a celebration of nature’s springtime life cycle.

The women who went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint His body knew that He was dead. Some of them had seen Him die. They were sure His body was in the tomb. But when they looked for it, it was gone. The tomb was empty!

What had happened? The body had not been stolen. The Roman guards were not playing tricks on them. The women were not imagining it. The tomb was empty because Jesus had risen from the dead.

Yes, Jesus has risen from the dead—a miracle greater than the return of life in springtime. And most amazing of all, He has promised resurrection to all who trust in Him!
—David C. Egner

Easter Meditations


The meaning of Easter is not found in cute bunnies and colored eggs. For us who know Jesus, it's so much more. It's when He conquered death and the grave. Easter is the fulfillment of Jesus' love.— Amanda White

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Jesus departed from our sight that we might return to our heart and there find Him. For He departed and, behold, He is here.— St. Augustine

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The Resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over, no matter what my circumstances.— Robert Flatt

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Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.— Charles M. Crowe

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The simple message that changed the world forever was this one: "He is not here. He is risen."— Linda Bowles

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A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.— Mahatma Gandhi

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The nail-pierced hands of Jesus reveal the love-filled heart of God.— Author unknown

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Life doesn't begin at forty or at twenty, but at Calvary.— Elaine Kilgore

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If Jesus was alive again in 33 AD, He is alive today because He is God. That is the message of Easter.— Michael Whitehead

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Jesus Christ burst from the grave and exploded into my heart.— Donna Hosford

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Let the Resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.— Floyd W. Tomkins

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On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.—Douglas Horton

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On Easter Day

On Easter Day the lilies bloom,
Triumphant, risen from their tomb.
Their bulbs have undergone rebirth,
Born from the silence of the earth
Symbolically, to tell all men
That Christ, the Savior, lives again.
The angels, pure and white as they,
Have come and rolled the stone away;
And with the lifting of the stone,
The shadow of the cross is gone!

June Masters Bacher

Stress Reducers for Christians


Q: I'm under pressure at work and pressure at home, pressure to succeed, pressure to provide for my family, and pressure to be a good parent and spouse--pressure from every side. So often I just don't know how to cope! What can I do?

A: Stress is becoming an almost inescapable part of modern life--almost, because there are things one can do to avoid getting under undue stress or living in a state of constant stress. While some of the following tips apply to everyone--getting sufficient exercise or eating the right kinds of foods, for example--others on this list can give Christians a special edge because they bring Jesus into the equation in a very real and personal way.

Jesus is the Christian's counselor, coach, business manager, intercessor, executive secretary, personal trainer, confidant, and best friend. In short, He is everything the Christian needs to contend with the stress that has become part of modern living and to come through a winner!

Tips for Stress Reduction

Pray. Make quiet time with Jesus a daily habit.

Go to bed on time; get enough sleep.

Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

Say no to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

Delegate tasks to others who are capable.

Simplify and declutter your life.

Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time, when possible; don't lump the hard things all together.

Take one day at a time.

Concentrate on things you have direct control over--yourself and your habits--rather than on things that you have little or no control over.

Get organized so everything has its place.

Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a valid concern, find out what God would have you do about it. If you're worried about something that you can't or shouldn't do anything about, then put it in His hands.

Live within your budget; don't buy things on credit if you don't have to.

Have backups--an extra car key in your wallet; an extra house key buried in the garden; extra postage stamps; extra batteries for your flashlight, cell phone, etc.; back up your computer files.

Carry God's Word with you to read while waiting or during spare moments.

Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.

Laugh.

Use the time while driving or riding in your car to listen to Bible-based cassettes, CDs, or MP3s that can help improve your quality of life.

Keep a folder of favorite Scriptures or inspirational readings on hand.

Slow down.

Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a hearty "Thank You, Jesus!"

Don't take on new work until you have taken care of timely matters that are still pending.

Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.

Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

Get enough exercise.

Every night before bed, think of at least one thing you're grateful for that came out of your day.

Develop a forgiving attitude. (Most people are doing the best they can.)

Be kind to unkind people. (They probably need it the most.)

Eat right.

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

11 Tips for Making Resolutions Realities

1. Make a list of your goals. and select the top three to five that are the most important to you. Pray for God's guidance in the process. He knows best.

2. Be realistic. Reaching for a goal should stretch you, but it should also be doable. Decide on a reasonable time frame for reaching each goal.

3. Don't try to do everything at once. Focus on your top goal for a set period of time. Then move to goal number two, while maintaining the progress made toward reaching the first one, and so on.

4. Pray. Prayer brings into play the spiritual help you need to reach your goals.

5. Work with God. Change involves overcoming past thought and behavioral patterns. This is never easy, but change for the better is possible if you ask God to help and follow His lead. "With God nothing will be impossible."

6. Chart your progress. Keep track of how far you've come, using a journal or chart. Keeping records and reviewing them periodically can also help you to identify weak spots.

7. Get help from others. Share your plan with a friend and ask for his or her help. Being accountable to someone will give you added incentive to stick to your resolutions even when it's tough.

8. Don't be discouraged by your mistakes. You will have some setbacks and "off" days. Take these lows as a reminder that you can't do it on your own. Draw closer to God and depend more on His help. Tomorrow is a fresh chance to do better!

9. Be in it for the long haul. If you are truly serious about making a change, you will be willing to see it through, no matter how long it takes.

10. Visualize victory. Periodically visualize what your life will be like once your goal is reached. Picture the advantages you will gain and how much happier, healthier, or more productive you will be.

11. Reward yourself for each goal you reach. The real reward will be the feeling of accomplishment and the benefits you'll experience from the change you've made, but having a physical treat attached to a specific goal can make it even more enjoyable.

Mottos for Success


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Discovering Truth: Bible Basics

The answers to life’s greatest mysteries can all be found in a single book, the world’s all-time bestseller, the Bible. But sometimes just the thought of piecing those answers together from the Bible’s 31,000 verses can seem more daunting than a giant jigsaw puzzle. Where do you start?

Discovering Truth: Bible Basics makes it simple! Discover in a matter of minutes what the Bible really has to say about...

- Love and forgiveness
- Salvation
- Prayer
- Faith
- How to succeed with people
- How to find the will of God
- Overcoming troubles and temptations
- Comfort in times of crisis
- The endtime
- Christian service

or any of the nearly 200 other topics covered in this book. Bible Basics’ thorough content and user-friendly format make it one of the best Bible study helps ever produced. This book is for you! (Also available in Spanish.)


Key Bible Verses


Have you ever wished you had all the most important Bible verses on all the most important topics right at your fingertips? Well, here they are!
Key Bible Verses contains nearly 400 key scriptures on 35 topics, including, prayer, faith, salvation, love, forgiveness, healing, comfort, trials and temptations, and much more. Key Bible Verses is the most powerful short selection of Bible verses ever compiled!
It’s not only an excellent Bible study help, but also ideal for “reading on the run,” committing key scriptures to memory, and sharing your faith with others. You won’t want to leave home without it! (Also available in Spanish.)


NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN IN CENTRAL PHILIPPINES: Appeal from EMM Partner Rise Above Foundation Cebu

Dear Ones,

Greetings! Central Philippines has been hit twice by natural disasters in just a month’s time. First a devastating earthquake (measuring 7,2 on the Richter Scale) and now by the Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda) with winds surpassing 350 km per hour. (When the Super Storm Kathrina hit the southern part of the USA, wind gusts of about 120 mph were measured, Haiyan hit the central Philippines with gust of winds measuring 190 mph)

Luckily (for us) the path of the typhoon took it just north of Cebu City, and the damages where we are, are minimal compared to the devastation and the destruction which hit the northern part of Cebu and the small Islands of Malapascua and Bantayan.

Haiyan, which not only is the most powerful typhoon to hit this year, but probably the most powerful to ever make landfall anywhere, anytime in the world. The Philippines is actually quite good at preparing for these kind of Super Storms, but the force that Haiyan hit the country with took all by surprise, windows were sucked out of their frames, followed by any light furniture in the room, and even concrete walls were blown down and the devastation were many places worse than when the Tsunami hit Asia.

There are lots of heart breaking stories, and the death toll can easily rise above 10.000. There will be an enormous need for help in a long time to come.

Shown above is one of the many photos taken in Tacloban City tells the sad story of destruction.

We are ready to help and want to do our best to get relief aid to the many people suffering, but need your help. There is immediate need for clean water, food, medicine and awnings.

Whatever you give is greatly appreciated.

Feel free to take up a collection amongst friends and associates, clubs and churches etc., etc.

The very best wishes

Flemming & Elisabet Hansen and the Rise Above team in Cebu


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The Empty Egg - EMM 19:57 PST
Easter Meditations - EMM 19:55 PST
Stress Reducers for Christians - EMM 19:53 PST
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