fill in the blank friday | movies

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1. My absolute favorite movie of all time is Grease! Always has been, always will be.
2. My favorite movie as a child was Grease. Haha. I also loved Barney (so my parents say...)
3. The best movie quote ever is well, it's very hard to choose. VERY hard. There's a lot of good quotes from 50 First Dates, and The Notebook, and Nacho Libre...hmm...I might have to go with one from The Princess Bride: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
4. My favorite actress is Drew Barrymoore. My favorite actor is John Travolta.
5. The movie I could watch over and over is Stomp the Yard, and I DO watch it over and over.
6. My favorite movie genre is comedy. I love to laugh when I watch a movie. Also, I love dance movies like Step Up and Stomp The Yard.
7. A movie I'd like to watch this weekend is The Lovely Bones.

Have a great Friday, everyone!

he liked it. so he put a ring on it.

caleb and becca got married! {april 23}
here are just a few pictures of the happy couple on their wedding day.
all pictures taken and edited by koree dickson.

Congrats, you two!



Ok, so I think it's time for another music post. Hopefully you will discover a new song for yourself in this post. I figured today I would do it on...

My iPod's 50 Most Played
[in order of least played, to most played]

50. Taper Jean Girl by Kings of Leon
49. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
48. Just Another Old Love Song by Joe Purdy
47. That's Why You're Beautiful by Beyonce
46. Goin Crazy by Natalie
45. No One by Alicia Keys
44. Smash Into You by Beyonce
43. Confessions Part II by Usher
42. Crazy by KC & Jo-Jo
41. Unpretty by TLC
40. Lesson Learned by Alicia Keys ft. John Mayer
39. Hey, Soul Sister by Train
38. Your Body Is A Wonderland by John Mayer
37. If I Were A Boy by Beyonce
36. Burn by Usher
35. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have by Panic! At The Disco
34. Apologize by One Republic
33. Fix You by Coldplay
32. See You Again by Miley Cyrus
31. Baby It's You by JoJo
30. Night Minds by Missy Higgins
29. Crank dat Calvary Boy by I Set My Friends On Fire
28. Watcha Say by Jason Derulo
27. Forgive Me by Missy Higgins
26. With You by Chris Brown
25. Soco Amaretto Lime by Brand New
24. Angela by Missy Higgins
23. No Air by Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown
22. See You In The Light by Michael Franti
21. I Wanna Know by Joe
20. I Miss You by Blink-182
19. Goodnight and Goodbye by Metro Station
18. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat
17. I'm Not Missing You by Stacie Orrico
16. I Miss You by Aaliyah
15. Sugarcane by Missy Higgins
14. Paper Planes by MIA
13. Misery Business by Paramore
12. Wish We Were Older by Metro Station
11. Control by Metro Station
10. How Do I Breathe by Mario
9. Now That We're Done by Metro Station
8. Low by Flo Rida ft. T-Pain
7. Soul Meets Body by Death Cab For Cutie
6. Seventeen Forever by Metro Station
[top 5: click on the number to hear the song]
5. Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
4. Tell Me What To Do by Metro Station
3. Summer Skin by Death Cab For Cutie
2. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden
and the #1 song played on my iPod is...
1. I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

I know, I know...I don't listen to a lot of variety, but I actually do. Don't worry, I'm building up some amazing music so my list will shuffle around a little. I'm suprised Electric Feel by MGMT isn't on here...hmm...I might have to change that!
If you found a song in this list that you like, tell me! :)


make-a-list | monday

Time for another edition of...

Make-A-List Monday
[It's Monday. I'm making a list.]

10 Things I Did This Weekend

1. Went to Caleb & Becca's wedding [they eloped]
2. Ate at Hemingways
3. Went to Bible Quiz practice
4. Ate at Los Portales
5. Went to a baby shower
6. Made a DVD of wedding pictures [fun!]
7. Said bye-bye to meat
8. Had Caleb & Becca over for dinner
9. Watched Celebrity Apprentice
10. Went to Rachel's graduation party

How was your weekend? I'd love to know!



The following pictures were taken by Heather Cherie.
To see more of her work, click here.
This is a senior session she did of one of my best friends, Rachel.


Look at this beautiful girl. Absolutely stunning.
This is one of my best friends, Rachel. I went to her graduation party today at her house.
She is such a beautiful person, inside and out. I am so proud to be her friend. She has such an uplifting spirit. I could go on and on about this girl.
We have been friends since my 8th grade year. I have such a great time when I'm with her. She is amazing. She introduced me to Channing Tatum. :)
She will be going to Ozarks Technical College, starting this summer. I'm so excited to see what God's going to do through her. I know He has big plans for her. I love you, Rachel!


fill in the blank friday | music

Hey, why don't you play along here. Thanks, Lauren, for a music-themed Friday. This is my kind of post. :)

1. One song that always takes me back to my youth is Sometimes by Britney Spears. :) I used to make up dances to her songs on her Baby One More Time album. I still listen to her music. 
2. My first concert ever was Grits. They performed at my youth group when I was in junior high.
3. If I could create my dream music festival I'd want these bands to be there: MGMT, John Mayer, Joshua Radin, Kings of Leon, Beyonce, Brand New, Brett Dennen, Chris Garneau, Coldplay, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Reeves, Metro Station, Missy Higgins, and Usher. Hhaha, that would be an awesome music festival.
4. The best make-out/"boot knocking" song ever is whoa whoa whoa, Lauren! How inappropriate! :) Well, if I HAVE to answer, I would have to say I Wanna Know by Joe.
5. The best concert I've ever been to was Superchick at the Foundry.
6. A memorable musical moment for me was when I decided to listen to Coldplay. :)
7. The song on my iPod that's getting the most play these days is Electric Feel by MGMT. 
PS: One of my best friends got married today. I'll tell you who it was later. :)



I wish...
I had a rain stick.

I wish...
I could play the drums.

I wish...
Silverfish would stay out of my sink.

I wish...
I could win Charlotte Russe's shopping spree giveaway, so I could buy myself a new wardrobe.

I wish...
I could eat without thinking of gaining weight.

I wish...
My room would clean itself.

I wish...
I would've saved my money from the beginning.

I wish...
I didn't have to wear more than one shirt.


hello wednesday.

If you're reading this, that means you read my blog! HEY! I am so thankful for my new followers. You are awesome. :) That also means that you find me interesting, which I hope is good...?

Well, today is Wednesday. Since I'm choosing to blog so so early in the morning, when I could be sleeping, I don't have much to say about today really...I will lay out my pre-thought day for you, though. Sound good?...Good!

Here are some things I'm planning (there's my key word) on doing today. (This is NOT a list, for it is NOT Monday...see what I'm referring to here.) Okay, you're probably saying "Koree! Just get to your point already!" and I shall reply to you with this...

  • Watch some episodes of The Office. I usually find starting this task very difficult. I have seasons 2-5 and I always have the hardest time picking out which episodes I want to watch. I have seen them all 3243 times. My point? I can NOT wait until Season 6 comes out on DVD.
  • Eat. I find this time to be my favorite part of my day, no matter what day it may be.
  • Be lazy by laying on the couch in a sleep-position, wearing pajamas, and covered with a fleece blanket. This is also one of my favorite parts of the day, although eating still holds first favorite.
  • Work childcare at church. Now, I don't mean "work" by actual labor, I really enjoy playing with babies and little toddlers. There is no sarcasm in that, so don't read into that more than you should.
So, while I was making that NON-LIST just now, I thought of some things I've recently done that I've failed to blog about. I'm not going to sit here and make you read a long NON-LIST again of stuff I've done, I'm just going to use short sentences. It's something that all of you ADD people will appreciate. Here we go...

Busiek State Forest adventures with my dad and brother. Watched my dog swim. GLEE. Planning an epic sleepover with Becca. Work caught on fire. Got off work early. Los Portales finally on Sunday. Preparing for BQ Regionals. Saving money. Realized how hard saving money is. Waiting for MGMT's new album to be on my download sites. Started eating right (ya, it's called TRYING). Indie music gallore. Craft date with Becca.

That's been pretty much it, that I can think of. It's too early to think, though. I did my best!! (Dane Cook plug)
Have a great Wednesday! Let me know how yours went/is going! :)


tuneage: joe purdy, the avett brothers, azure ray

Today I’m going to go on and on and on about a few artists I’ve been recently listening to. Sounds good? Good. Hang with me, ok? You won’t want to miss this amazing post about some amazing tuneage. Let’s start off with one of my personal favorites…

Joe Purdy.
So, I’m listening to him at this moment. Oh my goodness. There’s something about his voice, his music, and his style that makes me melt like wax on a burning candle. Mmmmm…he is AMAZING. I only have three songs by him. I need to download some more. I literally have goose bumps. Whoa. Here are the three songs I have by him:

Just Another Old Love Song
California Girl
Why Do I

Seriously, you want to check him out. I know you do. You don’t even want to finish reading this post, do you? You’re already opening the iTunes store, or a free download site (if so, *high five*).

The Avett Brothers.
The voices mesh so well together. With a folk sound, they catch your ear with the first strum of their acoustic guitars. Their sound will take you in. Just like Joe Purdy, I only have a few of their songs. Ready for these bad boys?

I And Love And You
The Ballad of Love and Hate

Seriously, I’m not joking about this. You have to go listen to these songs. If you don’t, I will be very disappointed in you and myself for not doing a well enough job of persuading you to do so.

Azure Ray.
Well, we need some lovely ladies in this post, now don’t we?! This is some good sleep music. They are extremely addicting. Mmmm… :) Listen to them on a rainy day, if you’re going through a breakup, or if you’re just in a quiet or calm mood. Here are three delicious songs by them:

If You Fall

Seriously, you don't want to miss this band. They are amazing. Their voices are almost a whisper. It is so soothing. :)

I hope you discovered one or more of your new favorite artists by reading this post! Let me know if you checked any of them out (because you were supposed to…) and leave a comment telling me what you think of them! :) Or if you know of an artist that would go along with these three, let me know of them in a comment!

Have a GREAT Tuesday. :)


make a list monday.

Helllloooooo, there!
How's your Monday going? Good, I hope!
I'm starting a new series for Mondays, because I can't seem to think of cool things to blog about on Mondays.
So, here's my new series for Mondays...drum-roll please...

Make-A-List Monday
[It's Monday. I'm making a list.]

15 Things I Talk About Doing, But Never Get Around To Doing...

1. Buy a car
2. Finish my 30-Day Blogging Challenge
3. Finish reading Into The Wild
4. Clean/De-hoard my room
5. Stop eating so much/Start eating right
6. Blog more
7. Find out what's wrong with my video camera
8. Start saving my money
9. Finish my laundry
10. Read my Bible every day
11. Get an eyebrow wax (don't laugh, you know you need one too)
12. Install Pinnacle on my laptop
13. Take more pictures
14. Get more fabric
15. Listen to all the music on my ipod that I haven't listened to yet
16. Get my permit/license

What are some things that you are putting off? I would love to know that I'm not alone in my procrastination! :)
Have a great Monday!


fill in the blank friday.

Join in over at the little things we do.

1. The first thing I do in the morning is turn my alarm off on my phone, force myself out of bed, shuffle my feet over to the bathroom, pee, brush my teeth, and put in my contacts.
2. Every night before bed I turn my ipod deck sleep timer on, and choose some sleep music. Usually it's Ingrid Michaelson, the Xx, or this playlist I made for Becca awhile ago. 
3. My favorite thing to do when I'm having a bad day is put on some long pj pants, a tshirt, curl up on the couch, and put in The Office. 
4. Something that makes me cringe is the thought of eating Sushi.
5. Social situations are fun for me. I love meeting new people and talking. Ha. They're fun as long as the people you are with are social as well. No one likes having a conversation when someone replies with only one-word answers.
6. I like to collect shirts. Haha. My parents say I have too many shirts, but why can't it be a collection of mine? Dad collects watches, why can't I collect shirts?
7. Weekends are for *deep breath* craft dates, church, Bible Quiz practice, Los Portales tradition, watching The Office, laying out, going to the lake, eating a ton, catching up on laundry, grocery shopping, adventure days, hanging with family and friends, watching movies I've already seen a million times, complaining that all we have are movies that I've already seen a million times, renting new movies, and listening to music. 
Happy Friday, everyone!


day veintiocho | my year

30-Day Blogging Challenge | Day Veintiocho
this year, in great detail.

Ooooohhh great...I really don't want to do this one. I'm not going to be detailed, because I'm pretty sure there's no way I can lay out every single day of this year for you. But, what I CAN do is tell you some stuff that has happened this past year. Got it? Good? Ok? Ok. (I will try my best to put these in order of when they happened, but my brain is not that good with organizing events.)

Went to First Night downtown Springfield with the family and Cristianne.
Went to Heroes Coffee with Tiffany and some family and watched Canto 17 play some stellar music.
Hung out with Chloe. We made snow angels and ate LIKE A BOSS.

Went to Spokane's Homecoming game to watch one of my besties, Kristen, beat it out for Queen. She didn't win, but she looked amazing.
Hung out with my wifey, Cristianne, for Valentine's Day weekend. We went bowling in our pajamas, and did Chinese Fire Drills at every stoplight in Springfield.
My birthday party! I had invited all of my closest friends to the mall, where I set them up on a scavenger hunt. Then we went to the Pasta House for dinner and some more fun games. Read more about that here.
Explored with Ashley. We went to the park and took pictures, ate at 3rd Street Pasta House, and had some fun adventures at Wal-Mart.

Found out I am accepted into College of the Ozarks.
Went to Silver Dollar City with my girl Kristen.
Hung out with my wifey, Cristianne.
9.12 Spring Retreat.
Dyed my hair.
Went to Los Portales with Becca.
Went to Los Portales with Becca.
Went to Los Portales with Becca.
Started Indie Conformity Creations.
Got my laptop. :)
Read more about this month here.

Went to Los Portales with Becca.
Style Swap with Becca.
Went to Los Portales with Becca.
Easter with the family.
Bible Quiz Districts at Evangel.
Found out some pretty exciting news.

Now, this doesn't seem like that much. But I swear to you, I've been SUPER busy this whole year. :)



I have been tagged by Yelena over at Style My Happiness. I am so excited!! :)


1. Click on the button and paste onto your blog/website
2. Answer the below questions
3. Pass onto 10 bloggers that you Love, go to their blog and let them know they've been tagged

1. Who is your style icon?
zooey deschanel
fresh. quirky. vintage. brilliant.

2. What is your favorite sociatilite lit book?
umm...? Don't really know what that means. haha.

3. Favorite party theme?
If I could have any theme for a party, I would do an Alice in Wonderland theme. 

4. Go to Halloween costume?

5. Extravagance you can't live without?
I'm going to have to agree with Yelena on this one and say eating out.

6. Living person you admire?
My momma.

7. Greatest fear?
Shrimp. Mustard. Marilyn Manson.

8. Trait you deplore in yourself?
I tend to want to do things myself. Most of the time because I'm afraid of things not being done the way I had/have planned.

9. Which talent would you like most to have?
Breakdance/crump. Oh yeah.

10. Greatest achievement?
Graduating high school.
that's my greatest achievement SO FAR.


day veintisiete | my month

30-Day Blogging Challenge | Day Veintisiete
your month, in great detail

Well, this month has been pretty exciting. Becca and I have starting this project called Indie Conformity Creations. We make and sell hair accents. It's a lot of fun. I'm pretty sure I've become addicted to it. I probably work on it more than I work at my actual job. Ha. It takes a lot of work, more than you see on the surface. We will be selling our handmade creations at the Branson Farmer's Market in May. So, if you're in the area, you should stop by. Anyway...as I look back these past 30 days (and as I'm scrolling through my calendar...) I realize that I did more than I think I did.
I went to 9.12 Spring Retreat. That was a lot of fun. I was a leader for the first time, which was weird. I have always gone as a student. Both is rewarding in totally different ways.
I went to Silver Dollar City with Kristen. Read more about that here.
I had my Spring Break. I can't remember what I did. ha.
I started Indie Conformity Creations with Becca. :)
Spent a lot of time on ICC...
Spent some more time on ICC...

That's pretty much been my month! Like I said on my last post, I've been really slacking lately. HA. Sorry, guys. :/ But! I'm trying to catch up. That's all that counts...right?


day veintiseis | my week

30-Day Blogging Challenge | Day Veintiseis
your week, in great detail

Worked from 2-8pm
Watched the Office on Hulu
No work
Church at 7pm
No work
Made some clips
Small group at 7pm
Worked from 7.30am-1pm
Went to Shanghai Inn with the family for lunch
Busted out 30+ hair clips with Becca
Stayed up until 2ish with Becca
Lunch with Becca at Los Portales
Bible Quiz practice
Egg dying
Witnessed a car crash
Worked on some more clips
[read more about this day here]
Easter service at James River
Grandma's :)
Watched Extreme Home Makeover
Worked from 7.30-2pm
Worked on some ICC stuff
Busted out 6 new cloth clips
Listened to Ingrid Michaelson as I fell asleep
Made 4 new cloth clips
Chatted with Becca on Facebook (as I do everyday)
Took a shower
Washed the dishes
Got ready for work
Made lunch
Arrived at work

And that is where it ends, folks! Sorry, I can't really remember what happened a week ago...I'm not paying much attention. Ha. :)


day veinticinco | my day

30 Day Blogging Challenge | Day Veinticinco
your day, in great detail

Well, this is a perfect day to do this post for. :)
I'm going to copy Becca's format on this one...

  • Tried to sleep in, but only made it to 7.20am
  • Involuntarily updated my Twitter (@misskoree)
  • Strolled into the bathroom where I peed, brushed my teeth, and stared at my beautiful (NOT!) face
  • Joined my father in the living room, where we watched Saturday morning TV shows
  • Ate breakfast, which consisted of a breakfast burrito and orange juice
  • Made my way to the shower
  • Blow-dryed, straightened, and complained about my hair
  • Slapped on some make-up, although it didn't help
  • Somewhere in there, I got dressed
  • Hopped in the car and headed to Los Portales
  • Listened to Lady GaGa on the way
  • Arrived at Los Portales, where I ate lunch with Becca
  • Ordered a #7 off the Lunch Menu and talked Becca through on how to tell the waitress you recieved the wrong order (then felt stupid when she told us what a CHALUPA really is)
  • Headed over to James River Assembly and watched some kids get special treatment (ie donuts and orange juice)
  • Made silly name tags that made us feel 3 again
  • Went to Bible Quiz practice with my girls
  • Laughed at them during random verse drills
  • Went outside and began to dye eggs
  • Witnessed a car crash in the parking lot (no joke)
  • Finished dying eggs
  • Went to Wal-Mart and picked up some more clips and a planner
  • Came home and threw down a sandwich and potato salad
  • Changed into my Denver Broncos pjs (HOLLA!)
  • Plugged in my iPod
  • Busted out 12 feather hair clips while discussing random things with Becca over the phone
  • Inhaled a piece of mixed berry pie with vanilla icecream (although I really don't like icecream)
  • Snatched the data card, plugged it into my laptop, logged on Facebook, and began uploading pictures of our latest and greatest creations
  • Keep getting yelled at by my mom for being on the internet, and not doing the dishes
Whoo, big day. :)


day veinticuatro | fancy tickler

30-Day Blogging Challenge | Day Veinticuatro
whatever tickles your fancy.

easter | commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Let's not forget what Easter's all about. God sent his only son to this earth to die for those who choose to walk with Him. He gives us this gift of salvation freely. Even though we don't deserve it, and never will, He graciously offers it to us. It's our decision if we want to accept this free gift.
Romans 3:23 | "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
We're all sinners. We were born sinners. Because of this, we were not able to have a relationship with God without a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to come die for our sins by shedding his blood on the cross, so that we could have a close relationship with God.
John 3:16 | "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
But the story doesn't end there. Not only did Jesus take our burdens upon him when he was crucified, but he was resurrected after three days.
Matthew 28: 1-10 | After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
Jesus rose from the dead.

Bob Deffinbaugh wrote a good article on The Significance of the Resurrection that you can read here. I thought I'd wrap up this post with one section from his article.

The Necessity of our Lord’s Resurrection
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is significant because of its necessity. There are several reasons why the resurrection was necessary, and we shall consider some of them below.

(1) The resurrection of Christ was necessary to prove that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be. Our Lord had clearly claimed to be the son of God, which was the reason why the religious leaders conspired to kill Him (cf. John 19:7). The resurrection was God’s proof that the Lord Jesus was Who He claimed to be: the Son of God:

Who was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 1:4).

(2) The resurrection of Christ was necessary to prove that Jesus Christ had accomplished what He had promised. The death of our Lord alone would not have sufficed, since it is by our identification with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection that we are saved.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Rom. 5:9-10).

In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, that great resurrection chapter of the New Testament, Paul argues that apart from Christ’s resurrection, we would have no hope:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. . . . For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins (1 Cor. 15:13-14; 16-17).

In his message at Pentecost, Peter taught that the resurrection of Christ by the Father (through the Holy Spirit) was God’s vindication of His Son, His message, and His work:

“This Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its powers...

This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. . . . Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:23-24, 32-33, 36).

(3) The resurrection was a necessary in order to fulfill biblical prophecy. In Acts chapter 2 Peter argued that the resurrection was biblically necessary, citing David’s words in Psalm 16:10:

“Because Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay” (Acts 2:27; cf. 13:33).

Peter argued from Psalm 16 that David could not have referred to himself, but rather to his Son, Messiah, whom God would raise from the dead. The Old Testament Scriptures were understood by the apostles to foretell the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection of Christ was thus a biblical necessity.

(4) The resurrection of Christ was also a logical necessity. In his message in the second chapter of Acts, Peter also contended that the resurrection of Christ, the Messiah, was a logical as well as a biblical necessity.

“And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power” (Acts 2:24).

Peter argued here that it is impossible for God to remain in the grave and to decay, as men do. By virtue of being God, Christ could not have been left in that tomb, dead.

(5) The resurrection of Christ is vital because it is a necessary element of a saving faith. In both the Old and the New Testaments, a saving faith was a faith in a God’s who could and would raise men from the dead. A careful study of the 11th chapter of Hebrews will indicate that the faith of Old Testament saints was a resurrection faith.

Allow me to use one Old Testament figure to demonstrate the resurrection dimension of faith, the faith of Abraham. The initial absence of this kind of faith is apparent from Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his wife’s purity in order to save his own skin. As Abram and Sarai approached Egypt, he said to her,

“See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and it will come about that when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I might live on account of you” (Gen. 12:11-13).

This was far from a resurrection faith on Abraham’s part. He was so fearful of dying that he was willing to sacrifice his wife’s purity to save his own skin.

As God continued to work in Abraham’s life, a resurrection faith resulted. When God promised Abram and Sarai a son in their old age, Abraham believed God because he had come to possess a saving, resurrection faith. Paul writes about Abraham’s faith in his epistle to the Romans:

And without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what He had promised, He was able also to perform. Therefore also it was reckoned to him as righteousness (Romans 4:19-20).

Abraham’s resurrection was put to its most crucial test, once again pertaining to his son. The writer to the Hebrews tells us,

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type (Hebrews 11:17-19).

Thus we can see that the faith of the Old Testament saints was a resurrection faith. So, too, the faith of the New Testament believer must be a resurrection faith. Jesus said,

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

The apostle Paul wrote:

. . . if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved (Rom. 10:9).

Personal faith in the resurrection of Christ is therefore necessary because it is a vital element in a faith that leads to salvation.

I hope through this post you were able to see the LOVE that God has for us. I hope you all have a happy Easter. If you live in the Springfield, MO area, stop by James River Assembly for our Easter service: GOD IS ALIVE