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Theme of the Week: Religion Won't Get You to Heaven
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: When you were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self, God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all our sins. (Colossians 2:13, NCV)

Dig Deeper: Colossians 2:10-15

A few years back, my family and I, along with some friends, went to the Dominican Republic for vacation. [Over breakfast], I met my favorite coffee. I could [smell] its strong flavor even before it danced on my tongue. In about ten minutes, a surge of energy filled my body, and before I knew it, I was wide-awake! Before that cup of Dominican coffee, I was sleepwalking.

I wonder how many people are sleepwalking through life. It is so limiting when we simply go through the motions and kind of just exist. Life is too short and you are too valuable to sleepwalk through life.

In the Bible, the term sleep is used for both physical and spiritual death. Spiritual death means that humanity is severed from the life of God. Every human is a spiritual stillborn; we are dead men and women walking. This is humanity's ultimate problem, and it cannot be cured by religion. Religion's attempt to wake up a dead man is like putting makeup on a corpse and expecting the corpse to live again.

Never, ever forget this: Jesus did not come to earth on a rescue mission to make bad people good. He came to earth to make dead people alive through the gift of himself.

—Derwin L. Gray in Limitless Life

My Response: In what ways have I embraced life in Christ? In what ways am I still "sleepwalking"?

Thought to Apply: Give us a religion that will help us to live—we can die without assistance.—Elbert Hubbard (author, publisher)

Adapted from Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Savior, my natural human tendency is to want to earn your love through my good works; remind me that your love is unconditional and based on your sacrifice for me.

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Curt Schleicher

April 02, 2014  8:43am

Jesus' death on the cross, and subsequent resurrection, should be a signal for me to come alive again in areas I'm been inactive for Him in my life. Help me Lord become aware of these dead spots and open them up for your Spirit to provide 'action'. Wake me from the trance-like state that everyday 'busyness' sometimes leads me. Be the 'caffeine in my coffee' to make my spirit be raised to new life. Amen.

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