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An Easter Gift to Inspire Girls to Draw Closer to their Risen Savior (Contest Giveaway)


Easter is a very special time of year where loved ones gather together to celebrate the risen Christ. This Easter, draw your daughter into the precious Word of God with a journaling Bible that includes over 400 line-art illustrations to color plus extra space in the lightly ruled wide margins for creative journaling. Inspire is currently available in two editions, the Inspire Bible and Inspire PRAISE Bible. An exciting new addition to the line, Inspire Bible for Girls, releases this August with devotionals and journaling prompts written just for girls ages 8 and up by author Carolyn Larsen.

We encourage you to take a moment to read through the Scripture below from Luke 24 and listen for a word from God as you read.


What stands out to you in this passage? What did you learn about God? How might God want you to respond to what you’ve read?

The Resurrection

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.


The Walk to Emmaus

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.


Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.

Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”


The Ascension

Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

Is God prompting you to invite anyone to church with you this Easter to hear the Good News?


Inspire Bible Contest Giveaway

We would love to hear your answer to any of the questions above. You’ll have a chance to win an Inspire Bible of your choice, including the soon-to-release Inspire Bible for Girls. See below for ways to enter.

Ten people will win an Inspire Bible of their choice, and one Grand Prize winner will receive two Inspire Bibles of their choice plus a $150 Amazon gift card to spend on Bible journaling goodies to fill an Easter basket. To check out the Inspire Bible line, please visit:

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75 Responses to “An Easter Gift to Inspire Girls to Draw Closer to their Risen Savior (Contest Giveaway)”
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James Lee
20th March, 2018 at 4:36 am

God is always with us, no matter what.

20th March, 2018 at 8:34 am

I love these passages! I read them every year during Easter with my 3 sons. We talk about what we would do if we suddenly found ourselves talking to Jesus in person. Then we talk about how even though we can’t see Jesus, he does hear our prayers. We will be at church this Easter.

20th March, 2018 at 8:36 am

I will call my friend and make sure she will be attending church this Easter.

Theresa Jenkins
20th March, 2018 at 9:25 am

I was taught that God is everywhere and it’s up to us to choose to let him into our hearts so Yes, He invites us all to come visit His home on earth…church(I would love to go to Easter Mass with my whole family)

Debbie Campbell
20th March, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Don’t waste time being afraid- Jesus is always with us.

20th March, 2018 at 8:50 pm

The first thing that stood out to me was how manny times the passage refers to Jesus as being the fulfillment of prophecy. The two followers of Jesus initially referred to Jesus as a prophet, a mighty teacher, and the Messiah we hoped had come to RESCUE Israel. Jesus, however, is the fulfillment of prophecy from the the time of Moses, to the time of the prophets, as the Messiah, who has come to save not only Israel, but EVERYONE who BELIEVES in Him and calls upon His name. He died on the cross for our sins, becoming a perfect sacrifice, and took the punishment that we deserve. He was buried and after 3 days, he rose from the dead. The angels said in Luke 24:“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!”

The second thing that stood out to me was what the disciples and followers of Jesus did after they witnessed the empty tomb and the angels and after they spoke with Jesus and later were ableto recognize him. They went and told others of what they had seen and heard. It mentions at the end of Luke 24: It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’

I am stil praying who I can be a witness to and invite to church this Easter to hear the good news!

Done Lisa
20th March, 2018 at 9:34 pm

Passage stand out to me:1. This is the hope that we all have in God. That JESUS is risen. 2. That the apostles share whst happen to others. That we should have the zeal and excitement to share Gods word to others through words and action.

Learned about God: Lord of all, Powerful, He is Able. If we repent,we can be forgiven. And we need the Holy spirit daily.

To respond in Faith, trusting on what Jesus did on the cross. Trust him more in our daily lives.

Dianne McVetty
21st March, 2018 at 8:57 am

God responds differently to meet the needs of all people!

Dianne McVetty
21st March, 2018 at 8:58 am

I hope some of my family attends Church with me this Easter.

21st March, 2018 at 11:36 pm

God is everywhere and always with us

21st March, 2018 at 11:43 pm

I will be attending church with my neighbors this Easter.

22nd March, 2018 at 10:42 am

I know a young teen I want to introduce to the word of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ

22nd March, 2018 at 3:29 pm

WHEN are you going to make a masculine cover?! I bought my son a teal one and jiffy markered the page edges black for him. He LOVES the colouring and note taking space and I’d reading his bible regularly now because he feels like it’s interactive. But didn’t want birds and flowers on the side. A stag, moose, eagle, roaring ocean waves, yes. I have two more sons learning to read and wanting their own colouring bibles. Please, you’re missing a huge demographic by not making a masculine cover. Thank you for reading my two cents, Kteni

22nd March, 2018 at 9:53 pm

I am going with my family to church this Easter.

23rd March, 2018 at 2:21 pm

We are hoping to go as a family to church on EAster .i loves reading this passage

Tonya Tipton
23rd March, 2018 at 2:29 pm

What I learned about God from this passage is that he has given us everything we need to know right in the bible and to never doubt what is written in the bible. I believe God would want me to respond to this passage by living my life right and following his word and know that Jesus suffered what he did on earth for all of us because he loves us all.

Tonya Tipton
23rd March, 2018 at 2:32 pm

I am going to church this Easter with friends, trying to get my husband to go.

Brandon Sparks
23rd March, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Jesus is always there for you no matter how bad things are..

Brandon Sparks
23rd March, 2018 at 2:37 pm

It is good. I will be taking my sister and her kids..

23rd March, 2018 at 5:15 pm

god is good! much love for jesus. accept him in your heart.

23rd March, 2018 at 5:28 pm

forgot to answer 2nd question.

easter i shall take my mother.

Mary Yarn
23rd March, 2018 at 6:26 pm

If we draw near to God, he will reciprocate and draw near to us. Drawing near to God is spending time with Him, worshiping Him, praying and talking to Him, inviting Him into every aspect of our lives.

Mary Yarn
23rd March, 2018 at 6:31 pm

It was put on my heart to invite a friend with me to church service. She is in a dark place and He and His Word are light.

Susan Menzmer
23rd March, 2018 at 7:26 pm

While we may not at first realize it, God is with us always, even when we are going through the most difficult times.

Kim Davis
23rd March, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Jesus cannot be held back and will always be with us.

I am heading to my daughter’s house for Easter so inviting others to attend church service with us on that day is a little difficult. But I have invited friends to join as at the Easter drama at the church across the street from our home.

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