After The Resurrection

ad_2009_blog_monday_wrapupAs I write this entry, it is the afternoon following a great Easter Sunday at Bethel.  There was such a good spirit in both services.  Reflecting on yesterday, my mind has been thrown back to the days and weeks immediately following the Lord’s resurrection.  There must have been some real highs and lows during that time.  The rush of exhilaration when the angel said, “He is not here, for He is risen,” and then the doubts of wondering if it were really so.  The uncertainties of whether the news was reliable and then hearing Him say, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands…be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27). Then there is that scene when the disciples were gathered in a room together with the door shut “for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19).  So many questions, so much fear, and so much overwhelming proof that He was alive.

We are not much different.  His Word is filled with so many “exceeding great and precious promises,” yet we wonder privately if God could use our lives like our heroes in the Bible.  I am so thankful to have the hope found in the resurrection.  The hope that He is alive and is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”  The hope that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I want to encourage you to let last Sunday linger long in your mind.  It was so encouraging yesterday to see so many guests here–guests that folks in our church invited to come.  What a privilege to present the Gospel to people in need.  What a blessing to “Consider His Victory” and to think of all the riches we have been given in Christ.  As we look forward to our revival meetings coming up soon, and in light of Easter Sunday, let’s hold on to Paul’s words and make them our own, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10a).

Watch or listen to this week’s sermon.

Consider Him

ppt_2009_good_friday_title“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:3). Christ unflinchingly–willingly–faced the horrors of the cross. While we mourn His suffering and the sin that brought it upon Him, we find courage from the fact that Christ endured. He could have walked away, but He endured. Watch this video from Striving Together Publications and “consider him.”

The Mind of Christ, My Savior

6a00d8341bf7f753ef00e54f21186d8834-800wiDo you ever feel like you are on a spiritual  roller coaster? You have the most gentle disposition one moment, and as fast as that first plunge of the coaster you find yourself downright cantankerous.

Are there certain days of the week  that you habitually more spiritual than others?

If you were to graph your disposition throughout the week, would there be a direct correlation between your actions and whether your circumstances were pleasing you or not? Continue reading

Trading Places

DesertOur Palm Sunday Musical has me thinking about the life of Christ. We sing about His birth, His death and resurrection, but how often do we think about His life? There is much blessing and encouragement for us in understanding the space between the manger and the cross. The work of Jesus Christ that He accomplished through His life is as crucial to our salvation as His death! Our salvation could not be complete without His life. Continue reading