The Friday Five: 04/10/2020

  1. “There couldn’t be any more important week in the Church calendar than the one we’re in right now as we consider the passion of Christ, the sufferings of Christ, and then this day,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “We call it Good Friday, but when it was in the midst of happening, it seemed like anything but good.” But it was good because of what Christ accomplished on the cross: as Pastor Mark Vroegop says, “Jesus bought the right to make it right. And Good Friday was the day that purchase began and culminated in His resurrection. Every funeral that we go to, we’re reminded that this thing is not over. He’s coming again, and we’ll be welcomed in the new heaven and new earth where there will be no more sorrow, no more death—and Jesus made all that possible.” This Good Friday, we lament . . . but we lament with hope. He is risen!
  1. “When your heart is overwhelmed with fear, when terror breathes down your neck, hearing the counsel to ‘just trust God’ can seem unrealistic and unsympathetic,” writes Kimberly Wagner. “But intentionally moving your heart to the place of trust is the safest and most reasonable thing you can do. Trusting God isn’t easy,” but friend, it makes all the difference. Here are some truths you can hold onto when trusting God is hard. 
  1. Of all the unexpected things that have happened during the last month, this is definitely one of my favorites—on Tuesday morning, I had the joy of jumping on the livestream of Grounded to talk to Grace (a teacher in Jordan!) and Erin Davis about what it’s like to teach from home. If you missed this episode, you can go back and watch it on Revive Our Hearts’ YouTube channel at any time—but before you do, I highly recommend watching Wednesday’s program with Bill Elliff, Laura González, and Leslie Bennett, who joined the hosts to lead a powerful time of prayer!
  1. Moms, we see you! We know you’re working incredibly hard to keep your kids busy and happy and healthy, especially now, and we are rooting for you! If you’re looking for some suggestions to make the Word of God the focal point of your family celebration this weekend, check out this special episode of He Restores My Soul. This sweet conversation between Ray and Jani Ortlund will help you and your family enter into the glorious realities of Easter. 
  1. “Who do we think you are, Jesus? You are everlasting God, and we are mere people . . . You are our reigning and returning King—sovereign over presidents and pandemics, our joys and sufferings, the number of our days and the Day of all things new. Broken reeds love your appearing and demons tremble in your presence. Lord Jesus, you are all this and SO much more . . . This Easter Week 2020, we are stunned, humbled, and grateful.” Amen. 

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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