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Easter Means Hope

April 17, 2020 | 1 Peter 1:3-5 | easter, hope

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What is hope? For many of us, hope is made of flimsy, fragile stuff. Kind of like a thread. For many, their hopes are like wishes, and their hopes are often broken. Their “thread” of hope is easily broken.

But when the Bible speaks of hope, it speaks of much stronger stuff! For biblical hope is more like a rope! It’s a living hope anchored in Christ’s resurrection and extending through our present and into Christ’s future return.

Passion Week Devotions

April 5, 2020 | easter, gospel, Holy Week, jesus, palm Sunday, Passion Week, resurrection

Palm Sunday – The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19 Monday – Clearing the Temple Matthew 21:10-19, Mark 11:12-18, Luke 19:45-48, and John 2:13-22 Tuesday – Teaching in the Temple Matthew 21:23-24:51, Mark 11:27-13:37, and Luke 20:1-21:36 Wednesday – Anointed in Bethany Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 14:1-11, and Luke 22:1-6 Thursday

Daily Devotions for Passion Week 2020

April 2, 2020 | Christ, easter, Holy Week, jesus, palm Sunday, Passion Week, resurrection

“And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’” (Luke 22:15 ESV). This coming Sunday begins what many Christians call Holy Week or Passion Week. It is called “Passion” week because of its connection to the Greek word πάσχω (pas’-kho), which means to feel heavy emotion or passion,

Why Jesus?

April 21, 2019 | Luke 24:1-12, 36-43 | easter, resurrection

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How can we tell what’s true? What’s real? Should we just deny our doubts and take a blind leap of faith?

In the gospel according to Luke, he wrote an orderly account of Jesus’ resurrection, so that his readers might be certain of the truth that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. We can be certain that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.

Behold, the empty tomb

March 30, 2018 | easter, empty tomb, gordon's calvary, resurrection, the garden tomb

“On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men

Reconciled Life

April 30, 2017 | Romans 5:6-11 | easter, reconciliation, resurrection

There are so many places that we need reconciliation today. War, terrorism, hatred, the brokenness of communities, countries and even churches, these are just some of the outward symptoms of people living without reconciliation. Then, there are the more personal effects of living without reconciliation: Divorce, depression, unresolved anger, unforgiveness, and even suicidal thinking.

The truth is, a lack of reconciliation is at the root of all of these factors. If we could be reconciled to God, reconciled to others, and even reconciled to ourselves, what joy and peace might that bring into our lives? What if Christ’s death and resurrection, could mean a reconciled life for us? In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome to show them how they might rejoice in the reconciled life they have through Jesus Christ. We too can rejoice in the reconciled life through Christ.

New Life

April 16, 2017 | Romans 6:4-11 | easter, resurrection

Have you been playing your version of the game of life and realized you were either following the wrong rules or aiming for the wrong goal? You thought more money would make you happy, but it made you hungry for more money. You thought new stuff, a new car, new house, new boat would make you happy, but you still feel empty. You thought a new relationship, a new boyfriend, a new girlfriend, a new love would make you feel like a winner. But you still feel like a loser.

So, how do we get a new view of life? Is there a way of starting over, starting fresh, with a new life? In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote that those who identify with Christ’s death and resurrection might live in newness of life. We can experience this new life by identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Two ways you can help us prepare for a full house this Easter

March 31, 2017 | church, church growth, easter, full house, invitational, invite

“And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23 ESV). “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be

Easter Means…Joy

April 10, 2016 | 1 Peter 1:3,6-9 | easter, gospel

In the apostle Peter’s first letter, he tells believers in Asia Minor that they can have wonderful joy in every situation because of the resurrection of Jesus. We too can have this wonderful joy because God raised Jesus from the dead. Our text today gives us three ways to have wonderful joy through the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Means…Life

April 3, 2016 | John 11:17-44 | easter, gospel

Are you feeling a sense of having no purpose, like life just has little meaning right now? Are you feeling grief from a loss, perhaps the loss of a family member or the loss of a relationship? Is life just feeling too brief or too mundane? We need to hear that there is something more eternal and more abundant. In the gospel of John, Christ called Martha to believe that He was the resurrection and the life. We can receive the resurrection life of Christ by believing in Him.