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but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead. He is not here; he has risen!" Luke 24:5b-6a (NIV)
Buddha is dead. Allah is dead. But guess what? Our God -- the one, true God -- is ALIVE! Isn't that awesome? He sent His son Jesus to endure the pain of the cross. To descend into hell for three days and experience the true agony of death. But even the grave couldn't hold Him, could it? And now He's alive! Sitting at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for us. Yes, our God is alive! What a mighty and amazing God we serve! As we head into Easter, may you fully comprehend just what He did for you and how awesome He is! And to think we get to live with Him forever!
Be sure to check out what some of your fellow FaithWriters members have to say about their favorite Easter traditions in the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter.
Registration is now open for the 2011 FaithWriters conference! This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with dynamic speakers, excellent workshops, fabulous fellowship, and lots of fun!
A couple of especially exciting additions this year:
*Award-winning photographer and FaithWriters member, Cari Weber, will be on hand to take your headshot. This is a wonderful opportunity to replace that outdated photo you've had for years with a beautiful and professional photo to use with your bio, on your book cover, or other promotional materials. At only $25, this is an incredible deal!
*One on One for One with Deb Porter. For those who will still be around on Sunday, this is your chance to talk to Deb about anything you'd like. Ask questions, request writing advice, or just get a boost of encouragement!
*PAY ONLINE. This year, we're offering the convenience and ease of paying online! On the official Conference Page (http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php) you'll find two ways to pay. If you'd like to pay by mail, as you've done in years past, simply print out the registration form, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the address provided. However, if you want to PAY ONLINE, just click on the Payment link, and make your payment. You will then be directed to the registration form where you'll fill out your contact information and make your workshop selections. That's it! Convenient and easy!
Get all the scoop, including the schedule, cost, hotel information, workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and instructions on selling your books on the Conference Page: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php.
Reserve your spot soon and save! Early Bird registration runs through June 18.
We can't wait to meet you!
MAKE SOMEONE'S DAY
While the Weekly Writing Challenge is a wonderfully popular feature of FaithWriters, there are lots of other great articles posted in the regular submissions area of FaithWriters.com. There's nothing quite like getting an email letting you know that there's been a comment on your article. Sometimes, unfortunately, articles get missed and can go weeks or even months without a comment. Why not click on over to the Regular Submissions area today and commit to commenting on three articles, stories, or poems. Let the author know what you liked about the piece, how it touched you, or offer constructive and kind feedback on how they might be able to make it better. Just one sentence or two can really make someone's day.
On the site, you'll find the most recent 200 articles posted: . http://www.faithwriters.com/newest-articles.php. If everyone commented on even a couple per week, we'd have lots of encouraged and happy writers! Like to read about specific topics? Search for articles by category: http://www.faithwriters.com/search-browse.php
Encourage your fellow Christian writers with some kind feedback.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, I asked this question:
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL EASTER TRADITIONS?
Here are some of the answers submitted:
"I love to go to church and participate in the excitement and joy; 'He is RISEN! Hallelujah!' Then, I go home to serve a big dinner, including one 'favorite' dish of each person at the table." Annie Keys
"I was a single mom with three kids. Money was scarce. We made things last, even Easter eggs. After they had been hidden numerous times, we went to the park and had a demolition derby. Great fun and quite a mess." Joy Bach
"Our Easter tradition is becoming on Palm Sunday. Most all of our children serve in their Churches, so I enjoy getting with them the week before so that I can have them the whole day & not just an hour or so. It makes Easter all that more special to know that we are all serving our Lord. : )" - Sheri Swift
"One year our family was on vacation in California during Easter, but we were so reluctant to forego the delight of seeking and finding, that we stopped at the beach to hide our candy-laden plastic eggs in the sand, and place special clues for the kids to find them. It was fun to continue the tradition with a new twist to it!" Leslie Schutt
"One of my all-time favorite traditions full of sweet family memories is sharing the Resurrection Easter Eggs, originally with my children, and now with my grandchildren. My grandkids love to help hide, find and open the Resurrection Eggs, tell the story, and yell triumphantly with me on the last egg, 'JESUS IS ALIVE!'" Kaye Swain
"When my kids were younger we had a "treasure" (a tin full of odds and ends that Grandma provided). We would hide it in the yard and I would write riddles on index cards in poem form. Each riddle led them to the next clue and eventually the treasure. It was so much fun listening to them trying to solve the riddle of where the next clue was." - Tammy Hamrick
NEXT MONTH'S QUESTION:
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY YOUR MOM FOR MOTHER'S DAY?
Send your 1-2 sentence answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the April newsletter to see if your response was selected to appear.
HAPPY EASTER! HE IS RISEN!