Episode 167 – Birthday, Deathday & the Resurrection

Holy Week invites us to hold death and life in creative tension. We pause to consider Jesus’s death on the cross, but then we celebrate the new life bursting out of the empty tomb. In a similar way, the book of Ecclesiastes makes a helpful connection between our deathday and our birthday. In this special Easter Episode, we’ll explore what it means that our deathday is better than our birthday, and why connecting our death to Jesus’s death creates a life of greater meaning and purpose, here and now.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • What are some of the joys and hurts you’re holding in your hands at the same time as we approach Resurrection Sunday? (Hint: Brad is holding a birthday in one hand but the news of loss in the other.) 
  • Who is someone in the Bible (other than Jesus) who “pondered death well?” (Can you think of any Scriptures in which they did just that?) 
  • Can you name 1 or 2 very specific, concrete ways you are pursuing a more meaningful way of living because of Jesus’s death? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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6 Comments

  1. Nancy Leon April 4, 2023 at 9:08 am - Reply

    First time listener. It won’t be the last.

    • Brad Nelson April 11, 2023 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Thanks for your encouragement and for following along with us Nancy.

  2. Tracey Bohannon April 4, 2023 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    My 1st time and it’s my birthday. My son Casey, my nephew Tony, my brother Gwin died with gun shot wound to the head and brother Dale died from cancer in last 6 months. It’s not about us but Christ return

    • Brad Nelson April 11, 2023 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Hi Tracey,

      So very sorry to hear of all the loss you’ve experienced. May you know the depth and power of His resurrection.

  3. Freda Byrd April 8, 2023 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday and Happy Easter!! Your teachings are the best.

    • Brad Nelson April 11, 2023 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Hi Freda,

      Thanks for following along and watching.

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