God Raised Jesus From The Dead

Second Sunday of Easter

May 1, 2011

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.

22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. 25 King David said this about him:

   ‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
      I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
 26 No wonder my heart is glad,
      and my tongue shouts his praises!
      My body rests in hope.
 27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
      or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
 28 You have shown me the way of life,
      and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’

 29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. 30 But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. 31 David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.

 32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.

Problems Help You Grow

From my good friend – Mark Wilson

Problems Help You Grow

Your problems can help you grow!

Life’s difficulties can seem overwhelming. Disappointments, rejection, and painful experiences tempt us to cave into discouragement.

When faced with a Goliath sized obstacle, what do you do? Cower in fear? Ignore it? Throw a tantrum?

In The Hobbit, Tolkein remarks, “If a dragon lives with you, it’s best never to leave him out of your calculations.”

Genuine problems must not be ignored. If you sweep a dead skunk under the rug, it won’t get any better.

So how do we deal with difficulty?

Put the problem in the right perspective!

1. Realize that life is made up of problems. Troubles are everywhere and everybody has them. Don’t be surprised when they come your way.

2. Problems contain the seeds of their own solution. You can find the answer if you get on the “solution side” rather than the “problem side”. (By the way, you don’t have to be too smart to identify a problem. You need to stretch your brain a little, however, to see the solution.)

3. Problems are only temporary. Better days are ahead.

4. Focus on what you have, rather than what you’re lacking.

5. Be patient and learn something from this situation. Every pearl is the result of an oyster’s victory over an irritation.

6. If you don’t get bitter, you surely will get better!

7. Turn the problem over to your God. He can rectify what you have wrecked.

8. Don’t run from your problems. Instead, let them stretch, challenge, and develop you.

9. Deal with today’s problems today. Refuse to put off what needs to be done now. By the same token, do not allow worry to take over your life. As poet, Robert Frost stated, “Just take things as they come and handle them the best you can.”

Worship in Hospitality

What we do with what we have proves whether or not we have a worshiping heart.  Lifting our voice and hands to God in songs, hymns, and spritual songs can show something about how we honor the Lord.  But acts of kindness and serving hands are also means by which we display a worshiping heart.  The apostle John endorses hospitality as a significant way of worshiping!

Bruce Barton (Praise and Worship Study Bible)


Combustion

“You are not the oil, you are not the air — merely the point of combustion, the flashpoint where the light is born.  You are merely the lens in the beam.  You can only receive, give, and possess the light as a lens does.”

—  Dag Hammarskjold

via my good friend Mark Wilson

Sunday Night Thoughts (On Monday Afternoon)

It seems for the past two weeks, this post has gotten later and later 🙂

  • The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday – we were up early for our Sunrise Service.  It was a good service and the Spirit was alive and well.  We even took our praise team outside.  It presented a challenge getting all the inputs we needed into a six channel mixer.  I’m glad we did it.  Thanks for all who helped with that service.
  • Following the service we had breakfast and then on to Sunday School and our main Resurrection Sunday Celebration.  Our choir sang and did a great job.  Thanks everyone.  They also served as worship leaders for the praise and worship music, which sounded awesome by the way.  The bell choir played several pieces and the message was spot on.
  • We were invited out to lunch and had a great time, but by the time we got home, we were all exhausted.
  • It was a great day and a wonderful way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!
Seize the Day!

Christ Is Risen

We sang this song at both our sunrise service (as a special) and during our main worship service Sunday (as the closer.)  I was really surprised how many people already knew this song when we sang it during the close of our 10:45 service.  This is a great song of the resurrection.