Category Archives: Encouragement Cafe Ministries

Encouragement Café: Get Close to Jesus

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” John 20:1 NKJV

Christians cherish an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, but are we willing to go the extra mile to achieve it? Let’s dissect this verse to see how Mary kept her love for Christ fervent.

Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the risen Christ. Jesus had cast seven demons from her, and Mary became a devout follower. Demons plagued their victims with disease, deformity, or various types of insanity.

Perhaps Mary harmed herself while under demonic control. The Bible does not shed light on this, but people would have avoided her, making Mary an outcast.

She was hopeless, but then came Jesus! Jesus transformed Mary’s life.

Mary watched in horror as Jesus was nailed to the cross. Several women, including Mary, headed toward the tomb (Luke 24:1-2). Only one thing occupied Mary’s mind, getting to Jesus. She ran ahead of the crowd.

Do we eagerly run toward Jesus like Mary Magdalene?

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Encouragement Café:A Child of the King

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 NKJV

Have you ever had those times of fear, worry, despair, disappointment, discouragement…? You know what I am talking about. We have all had those times when our plans go awry, our finances fizzle, or tragedy strikes. Those are the times when we must remember who we are.

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