Easter happened in the past, but spills into the present. The Bible teaches that if we become believers we are "raised with Christ" and "made new" through Jesus’ resurrection. We are literally plunged into the life of God and participate in His life. Sound mysterious? It is--the Bible can only describe it with word pictures. Sound important? Undoubtedly! One author described this connection to Jesus as "at once the center and circumference of authentic human existence."
Good Friday is an evening where we celebrate and remember the death of Jesus Christ and the redemption that comes through His shed blood. Enjoy this message from Tom Short as he share some thoughts on the agony that Jesus experienced in the garden.
When we think about investments, we are told to think about the long haul and not the quick return. We want to make sure we have enough when it comes time to draw from what we have invested. That means we expect there to be a greater return than what we put in. Psalm 90 looks at our lives as investments and looks very carefully at the maturity dates.
When Christians re-tell the story of Easter, they are describing a story of hope. And that hope is more than a wish - it plants a foot in real space-time history.
Seven churches in the ancient world received the most remarkable evaluation a church could ever hope for. Jesus' message to these select churches was given to the Apostle John and is recorded in the book of Revelation. To the faithful members of one church Jesus said, "Hold on to what you have until I come." A church's character and beliefs are not inevitable...they are the result of conscious choices.
Pastor Bob Hearon
In Part 1 of this series, we focused on a mission all of us can tackle as individuals and families—hospitality for the sake of the gospel. In Part 2, we shifted to the mission of the church in reaching and renewing our city, specifically by church planting. This week, we will focus on our mission to reach the whole world, by celebrating our partnership with our sister church in Managua, Nicaragua. Three leading couples from the Managua church will share the story of how God has led and provided over the past ten years.
Pastor Chris Martin
Chris Old (Awaken Church Pastor)