Amidst all the conversations and arguments about faith, there remains this simple thing we are asked to do - believe.

But believing is not always a simple thing.

Be still for a bit, consider what you believe. And who you believe.

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We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us — we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

1 John 1:1-4

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Have you ever had a really good story to share? Not just any old story, but a good one that you knew would make people laugh or not stop smiling if they heard it? It's hard to keep any really good news inside, isn't it? We can't wait to update our Facebook status with the good word!

Such were the feelings, I believe, of some of the earliest disciples who witnessed the Resurrection with their own eyes. They knew this story was so good that when they were able to tell, it would change people's lives forever. So they couldn't help themselves. They needed to say out loud: Jesus is risen!

Even today, no matter what happens, this good news story is still true. As followers of Jesus, we have a responsibility to share this good news. Why? Because just as we heard about Jesus, there are so many others who haven't yet heard this good word. We keep telling the story until everyone has been given a chance to hear!

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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God of new beginnings, thank you that as I sit at the edge of this new week, you remind me of the good news I have to share. I have much to sing about and shout about. Help me get to it! Amen.

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The saying is sure. I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come

To believe in God

May be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.

Titus 3:8

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. She blogs regularly about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza Though she's never learned to ride a bike (this might be her year!), she enjoys spending time outdoors and on weekend adventures with her husband, Kevin.

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