My 40th Spiritual Birthday

41 years now. I say these words every year. I live them every day.

Mitch Teemley

I walked into a church for the first time in my life on Easter morning 40 years ago. I’d never before heard the words “He is risen” or the traditional response “He is risen indeed!” much less said them. As I spoke those words I sensed that my life would be Resurrectionchanged forever. Mark Twain said the two most important days of your life are “the day you’re born and the day you find out why.” Easter 1976 was the day I found out why.

Is the Easter story your story? Or is it just Jesus’ story? Faith, real faith, is not a spectator sport. It’s up-to-your-cleats-in-the-mud participation. Jesus’ prayer for his followers–the reason He died and rose again–was “so that they may be one, as we (He and the Father) are one…so that the world may know.” (John 17:22-23)  People need to see Easter in us!

Do others catch fire when…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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11 Responses to My 40th Spiritual Birthday

  1. says:

    A blessed spiritual birthday, Mitch!

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  2. Congratulations! It must be great to remember the date. I remember the day I made a decision for Christ but not the date.

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  3. Happy spiritual birthday, Mitch! Happy Easter! Mine was Christmas by invitation of the song ‘Tis the season to be jolly.

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  4. cricketmuse says:

    Just watched Risen with Joseph Finnes. The lines of “Do you believe?” and the reply “I believe I will never be the same” say so much.

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  5. gpavants says:

    Happy Jesus-in-you- Birthday, Mitch!

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