This Sunday, let’s all gather to remember that Jesus rose from the dead.
The Resurrection of Jesus was literal, physical, and bodily just as He said. This was not a spiritual resurrection of faith but a real resurrection of fact.
The miracle of the resurrection meant that Jesus died a real death but the body did not see decay. On the first day of the week when the women returned to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, the women discovered that the body of Jesus needed no anointing for He had risen without corruption.
Because Jesus rose – death, the devil, and sin are defeated. The resurrection is the victory that gives believers the same victory in Christ.
The resurrection wrought transformation in the lives of the early believers who saw Jesus alive. We too have the same blessing, though having not seen with our eyes, we know, believe, and love Him.
Wiersbe related, “R. W. Dale was preparing an Easter sermon when the truth of Christ’s physical resurrection burst in upon him with compelling power. ‘Christ is alive!’ he said aloud; ‘He is alive – alive!’ He began to walk about the room saying to himself, ‘Christ is living! Christ is living!’ Not only that following Easter Sunday, but for months afterward he exulted in the theme of the resurrected Christ. He even began the practice of having a resurrection hymn sung each Sunday morning just to remind the people that they were worshiping a living Christ.”
Let’s make this year’s Resurrection Celebration a day to reach out with the glorious message of the Risen Lord. Remember the sacrifice of Christ at the Lord’s Supper Sunday, April 14 at 10:15 a.m.
Bring your work associates and friends to the Pre-Easter Noon Luncheon Service, Thursday, April 18 at the Pastime Civic Center. Free invitation tickets are available at the church.
Attend the Spring Easter Drama Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 6:20 p.m.
Bring a Family member and Friend to the Easter Services Sunday morning, April 21. Bible Study at 9:00 a.m. Resurrection Celebration Service at 10:15 a.m.
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world
I know that He is living, whatever men may
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of
And just the time I need Him He's always
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along
life's narrow way. He lives, He lives,
salvation to impart! You ask me how I know
He lives? He lives within my heart. (Ackley)
I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
I Believe in the Hope of Eternal Life
I Believe in the Lord who Makes all Things
New (Rev. 21:5)
You have to believe
“You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes.
I know that a bird chirps none the less
When all that he finds is crumbs.
You have to believe the buds will blow,
Believe in the grass in the days of snow.
Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing,
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.
You have to believe in happiness—
It isn’t an outward thing.
The Spring never makes the song, I guess,
As much as the song the Spring.
Aye, many a heart could find content
If it saw the joy on the road it went,
The joy ahead when it had to grieve,
For the joy is there -- but you have to
-- Douglas Malloch (1877–1938)
The 21 days of prayer offer all of us an opportunity of spiritual adventure with the Lord. It will be a devoted time to offer ourselves at God’s disposal to teach and lead us. Please avail yourself to every time possible.
This Sunday I will teach the PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING SEMINAR. You will receive a manual to help in the teaching time. This will be an enjoyable time of study as we launch the 21 days.
E. M. Bounds said, “God shapes the world by prayer.” Here is one of my favorite “prayer stories” told by Bounds: “George Benfield, a driver on the Midland Railway, living at Derby, was standing on the footplate oiling his engine, the train being stationary, when his foot slipped; he fell on the space between the lines. He heard the express coming on, and had only time enough to lie full length on the ‘six-foot’ when it rushed by, and he escaped unhurt. He returned to his home in the middle of the night and as he was going up-stairs he heard one of his children, a girl about eight years old, crying and sobbing. ‘Oh, father,’ she said, ‘I thought somebody came and told me that you were going to be killed, and I got out of bed and prayed that God would not let you die.’ Was it only a dream, a coincidence? George Benfield and others believed that he owed his life to that prayer.”
When the saints enter heaven, multitudes will discover the prayers that got them to heaven.
Every Church. Every Nation.
It’s more than a catch phrase. It’s at the core of what we do. We believe every church—and every church member—has a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world. Your church’s participation in the Lottie Moon
Christmas Offering is a key part of that.
Your Gifts Transform Lives
Because you and your church give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB
missionaries can take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. Every dollar you give makes a difference, because 100% of the money collected goes to the work of reaching every nation.
The Story of Lottie Moon
In the 1800s, a missionary named Lottie Moon wrote letters from China urging
American churches to fund more overseas workers. After Lottie’s death on the mission field, an offering was started in her name. The offering was established to empower international missions efforts for Southern Baptists.
In this month of Thanksgiving, let me be thankful to God for all the volunteer work for
the Lord that goes in to a month like this. To think of your labors of love in these many
activities gives me great joy.
Phil. 1:4. Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
How can we pray for those who will go through Judgement House this week? Here is an acrostic provided by NAMB.
The acrostic HEART will help one remember what to pray.
Pray for receptive HEARTS
(see Luke 8:5,12).
Pray for their spiritual EYES to be open
(see Matt. 13:15; 2 Cor. 4:3-4).
Pray for God’s ATTITUDE toward sin
(see John 16:8).
Pray the person to be RELEASED to
(see 2 Cor.10:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:25-26).
Pray for a TRANSFORMING life
(see Rom. 12:1-2).
I look forward to Sunday with the story of the conversion of Paul.
See you then!
Ps. 63:3. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Tit. 3:4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man
There is a need for kindness in this world.
“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good there fore that I can do, or any kindness that
I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall
not pass this way again.” -Stephen Grellet
Believers can witness to others through kindness.
Prov. 31:26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Henry Drummond wrote, “The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.”
Eph. 4:32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Kind hearts are the garden,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of the gardens,
And keep them from weeds.
Fill, fill them with flowers,
Kind words and kind deeds. (Longfellow)