Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

  

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ NLT)

June of 1986 was when Jesus died for me. A rebellious Church kid, the raised-right child of solid Christian workers, I wanted so badly those things that were denied me. So, on the night that school got out for Summer Break, I went to a party and rejected God. As my Mom and brother carried me in the house, reeking of alcohol, smoke, mud, and vomit, too drunk to stand, I hit bottom. Jesus died to save me that night. 

Many moments of failure dot the rugged landscape of my life, just as it does yours. But that was the lowest. This Sunday, I’ll be dressed in a suit, sharing the love of Jesus from a pulpit to whoever will listen, having the privilege to be a rural church Pastor. But none of my part of the Christ Life would have happened had I not acknowledged my low state that night, realized how lost I was, and been willing to turn my failed life over to a Savior that wanted the best for me, not to beat me with condemnation. 

As you prepare your heart for this weekend that we celebrate God’s great love for a people that don’t deserve it, remember that you are loved. It’s a love that will never quit and will always be reaching for you. Life won’t get better as long as we are in charge, just splattered with new messes. Let God have your life now so that your new & better life can begin! You are loved! Happy Easter! 

Pastor Mike’s Minute Message: “And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:14 NLT)

As the San Francisco 49’s were fighting for a spot in the 2012 NFC Championship Game, they faced a grinder with the intimidating New Orleans Saints. But to win against the southern powerhouse, they developed a basis strategy: focus their passing game against Saints safety, Roman Harper, who tended to get caught flat-footed in the end zone. It paid off with a 36-32 victory.

Christianity has a basis for its belief system: The resurrection of Jesus. Many world and religious leaders have lived and died, but none ever came back from the grave. To have victory over death means victory over anything! What could be harder than that? And that’s just what Jesus did!

As you celebrate Jesus’ ultimate victory, realize that whatever you face will be child’s play in His hands. With a Risen Savior at your side, you are safer than you could ever imagine! You are loved today! Happy Easter!

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Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.” (Luke 23:56 NLT)

Easter time is always a hectic time for us Pastors. You worry about whether you’ll get everything done in time. For me, it’s contacting newspapers & advertisement posters, getting the Palm Sunday illustrated message & songs together, coordinating with the neighbor church to raise candy to stuff thousands of eggs, planning the days, securing sites… You get the idea.

When Jesus died, nothing else mattered but getting Him buried with the dignity He didn’t have in His death. But when sunset and the Sabbath beat them, all the women could do was sit. And wait. And think. Life has those moments where it comes screeching to a halt and nothing else matters but just getting into God’s presence.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. As you plan to go to Church tomorrow, and you should, come ready to set everything else aside for a moment and simply sit. And listen. And relax. Because, Life is not about the hustle of accomplishment, but the drawing near to the Life-Giver! Find your time with Jesus! You are loved!

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The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.'” (1 Corinthians 11:23, 24 NIV)

Every year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. During this time, observers practice fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. This is meant to imitate Jesus Christ’s actions and reflect on his life, death and resurrection. Lent was first practiced in the fourth century as a period of self-examination and self-denial to prepare for Easter.

While Lent is mainly observed by those of the Catholic, Wesleyan, and Anglican portions of the Church, it lends itself to all of us that journey the Christ Life. My own church will be participating in a 40-day corporate fast leading up to Easter. But our goal is not just to remember what Jesus did for this season alone, but all year long.

Remember the price that Jesus made for you. Your best sacrifice is to live a life worthy of that sacrifice. Fasting & discipline have their place, but obedience should be our daily goal! You are loved today!

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