Resurrection

Wait Three Days!

In a cartoon called “The Family Circus,” two children have discovered their Easter baskets and are busily enjoying the contents. One of the children asks, “Who colored the eggs?” The other child replies, “The Easter Bunny.” “Who gave us the jelly beans?” “The Easter Bunny.” “And the chocolate rabbit?” “The Easter Bunny.” Clearly, for those …

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In His Hand

A fire-and-brimstone preacher was delivering a sermon on the end of the world, “Reform your lives,” he boomed, “because when you least expect it the signs of the Endtime could appear in the sun and the moon and the stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish, distraught at the roaring of the sea …

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The Beauty Remains

A little boy wrote a letter to God which began with a question: “Dear God, are you real? Some people don’t believe it. If You are, You better do something quick!” We have gathered together to celebrate the Good News that 2000 years ago, Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is — …

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Thine Is The Power

In the last conversation recorded in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus talks to the disciples about His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. He opens up for them a deep understanding of these events. He tells them that as a result of His Crucifixion and Resurrection, they will be clothed with power from on high. They will be empowered …

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Go Down Death

The disciples of Jesus went to the tomb by dawn’s early light where they experienced the Resurrection. They were in the depths of despair because of the events of the past week. In their deep darkness, these men and women went to the tomb and there something happened to them. It was not something they …

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Who Needs God?

Today is the day when the banners are flying, at least figuratively, over every Easter Sunday congregation throughout the world. Today is the celebration day for the Christian Community. What is it we celebrate? Well, everyone knows, of course: God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It is an historical happening. It is an …

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Put Your Whole Self Into It

One of the reasons Christians gather together each week for celebration is to remember the Resurrection Event: to look back on this incredible thing that happened to Jesus of Nazareth and to realize that it is a continuing experience in the life of the Christian Community; to realize that God’s Resurrection Power is experienced in …

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Today Is God’s Day

A famous psychiatrist once said, “With peace in his soul a man can face the most terrifying experiences. But without peace in his soul, he cannot manage even as simple a task as writing a letter.” There is no denying the existence of those terrifying dark nights of the soul when the cry of the …

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Perspective

A young woman in college wrote the following letter to her parents, her first in three months: Dear Mom and Dad, I’m sorry it has been so long since my last letter, but I didn’t want to worry you about the fire in the dorm and my concussion which happened when I fell out of …

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Why Aren’t We Singing?

He came singing love. He lived singing love. He died singing love. He rose in silence. (If the song is to continue, we must do the singing) Picture the mood of the disciples on Easter Saturday. They had loved Jesus. They had left everything to follow Him. In Him they had experienced God’s presence and …

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Our Redeemer Lives

There was a crotchety old man who lived with his wife in the backwoods. One day the old mountaineer fell and struck his head against a rock. When his wife found him, he appeared to be quite dead. This happened at a time before morticians would venture up into those hills, and so there was …

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An Easter People

One Easter, a little girl named Audrey came home from school and was greeted by her grandfather who was visiting. Audrey couldn’t wait to tell him all about her new friend. “And what did your new friend get for Easter,” grandfather asked. “Grandpa, you don’t understand,” Audrey said. “My friend is Jewish and she doesn’t …

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Lord, Bless You!

Jesus, the “Resurrection and the Life,” is the Messiah. Jesus is the Christ. Actually, the two words, “Messiah” and “Christ” have exactly the same meaning. Both are titles, “Messiah” from the Hebrew, “Christ” from the Greek. We acknowledge Jesus as Christ, the Messiah. And it comes as something of a surprise to us when we …

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Surprise! Surprise!

The founder of a new religion asked the great French diplomat, Talleyrand, for advice on how to make converts. Talleyrand said, “I should recommend that you get yourself crucified, and then die. But be sure to rise again on the third day.” Suppose you turned on your TV this morning and heard Dan Rather deliver …

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It Comes As No Surprise

It isn’t always easy to say the right thing on the spur of the moment. Consequently, it is easy to sympathize with the fellow who met an old friend with whom he hadn’t been in touch for many years … “How’s your wife,” he asked. “Oh, haven’t you heard?” the friend replied, “She’s in Heaven.” …

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Shalom! Shalom!

A wife had provided a tombstone for her husband’s grave. On it she had inscribed two sentences: “Rest in Peace” … “Until We Meet Again.” Individually those are two good statements, but together they don’t come out quite right. That is the problem with our using the word “peace” in the limited sense that we …

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There’s Mystery In The Air

From the writings of the late William Jennings Bryan, renowned American lawyer/orator, come these words: In Cairo, I secured a few grains of wheat that had slumbered for more than thirty centuries in an Egyptian tomb. As I looked at them, this thought came to my mind: If, three thousand years ago, just one of …

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Eternity Is In The Air

Last year, a woman contributed the following real-life anecdote to the New York Times weekly “Metropolitan Diary” column: Dear Diary: It was a day when the threat of rain hung in the air. I drove up to a drive-through market in Stony Brook, L.I., to buy milk and was waited on by a man wearing …

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A Great Day

Today is a great day for the People of God, and a very bad day for the Forces of Evil. Some of you may have read C. S. Lewis’ book, “Screwtape Letters.” It is the story of a senior devil who writes to his nephew, a junior devil who has been sent to earth to …

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Calling You By Name

There’s something about Easter Sunday — something exuberant, something triumphant, something inexpressibly happy. But the first Easter began on a very different note. When Mary Magdalene got up before dawn, she awoke with the bitter taste of defeat on her tongue and the pangs of despair in her heart. She opened her eyes on a …

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