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Prayer Tip: The Crucified and Resurrected Life

April 17, 2022

Daily Scripture

Luke 24:1-11 (CEB)

During Lent, we used short videos to share a daily idea (linked to the gospel of Luke) on how to grow spiritually. Today we have one final video. Click here or on the image below:


Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They didn’t know what to make of this. Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing. The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words. When they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. Their words struck the apostles as nonsense, and they didn’t believe the women.

Note to readers: During Lent, the GPS has led us to read the entire gospel of Luke. some daily readings have been longer than usual. In this first week after Lent we read the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, so have an extra cup of coffee, or maybe use your lunch break—make the time to finish reading the whole gospel with us.

Prayer Tip

by Jess Lovell, the Pastoral Intern at Resurrection Overland Park. She is also pursuing an M.Div. at Saint Paul School of Theology. She is a Certified Candidate for Ministry in the Great Plains Conference and often provides pulpit supply to churches in the conference. Jessica lives in Lenexa and has 3 children: Sydney, Sierra and Aiden.

In today’s hurried world, there is so much that is measured by our accomplishments. Millions gather to watch professional athletes play sports. You might be competitive or are intent on doing the very best you can.

What measuring stick are you using for your life today? God loves you unconditionally–we know this because of the Resurrection. If we Iive into God’s promises we know that we do not need to compete for God’s love. God loves us just as we are. We don’t need to win the race, the game, or get the promotion at work to be seen. We can simply be loved unconditionally. It’s such a beautiful gift that it’s hard to accept that we are worthwhile to receive it.

As we celebrate the gift of absolute love; let us pray:

Almighty God,
We often compete in our lives. We know we can rely on your assurance that we are fully-seen, loved fiercely and accepted just as we are by you.
What a wondrous love is this to relinquish our full selves into your ever- present magnificent love that overflows. Amen.


Click here to watch COR Worship Collective’s new song “Resurrection Life”.