April / May 2018 - Vol. 97
                                                          lives in me
.“Make your home in me, as I make mine in you”
– John 15:4

Intro to this issue

Let Christ and His Word Make their Home in You

This issue overlaps with the fifty days between the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Ascension forty days later to the right hand of the Father in heaven, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus ten days later on the Feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem.

What is the significance of Jesus' death, resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost? We are witnesses today of a new Pentecost and mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the charismatic renewal and a new evangelization to bring the Gospel to all nations and peoples. God is shaking the heavens and the earth to purify his people and rouse them from spiritual lethargy and moral complacency.

God wants the good news of Jesus' victory over sin, death, and Satan, and the new abundant life, power, and gifts of the Spirit to reach every corner of the earth and every area of our personal lives, homes, relationships, and communities. Will we surrender all to Jesus - every area of our personal lives, relationships, and resources he places at our disposal? As we make more space in our lives for him, he, in turn fills us with ever increasing peace, joy, and abundant life.

The Risen Lord Jesus spent forty days with his beloved disciples to reassure them that he is truly alive and will never die again. We, too, are witnesses of the Lord's resurrection and power at work in our lives and in his church, the body of Christ. We, too, experience God's love poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5).

We can know and experience the Lord Jesus personally because he is alive and has chosen to dwell with us. The Lord Jesus unites us with himself and he calls us to live in his presence with expectant faith, confident hope, and fervent love. If we yield to the
Holy Spirit and allow him to mold us like clay and purify us as refined gold, then he will transform us, day by day, into the glorified image of the Crucified and Risen Lord who reigns forever.

May this issue inspire you to make room for the Lord and his word to dwell more richly in your personal life, home, and service for his kingdom.

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

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