The Sunday Message

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ – Billy Graham

Happy Easter!

Matthew 28: 1-10 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. ’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. – Janine di Giovanni

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The Sunday Message

Have a blessed Palm Sunday. Remember a week before he was crucified like a criminal, he rode into the city a king. –Unknown

According to Christians, Palm Sunday is the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem. Then he was crucified and three days later he was resurrected. You can read a good explanation of what Palm Sunday is HERE.

Next Sunday is Easter Sunday. Some people call the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday “Holy Week.”

Easter services are like the Super Bowl for churches. It’s one of the most attended services of the year. There will be advertisements in the local papers and some churches will even advertise on billboards, the internet, television, and radio. Some people who never attend church will attend the Easter service, so it’s chance for churches to put on their best in hopes of attracting more people to church.

It’s also a great time for these people to start a relationship with God.

Some churches will add more services to their schedule so it’s easier and less crowded. Churches may even have a Saturday evening service for people who can’t make it on Sunday (or for people who just want to get it over with).

You should attend a service – just pick one – go observe and listen! See if people are friendly. See if you like the music and the message. You can do this. Besides, there will be a crowd there and you will probably be one of many visitors!

Palm Sunday’s thought; Life is full of ups and downs. Glorify God during the ups and fully trust in Him during the downs. -Unknown

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

Happy Easter!

“My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion”

-Newsboys “God’s Not Dead”

Many people will be attending Church today (Easter Sunday) and that is great. Sadly, many other people believe that Easter is only about bunnies and candy and do not understand what Easter is all about. Don’t get me wrong or think that I’m against Easter bunnies and candy – I’ve taken my children to Easter egg hunts or hidden eggs around the yard for my children over the years. I also made sure they understood the real meaning of Easter.

You can read a good article about “What is Easter?” by clicking HERE.

Matthew 28: 1-10 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. ’ Now I have told you.”

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There’s a seat for you!

This Sunday is Easter Sunday – a Sunday so important that even NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series takes it off.

I imagine they take the day off because it just wouldn’t be right drinking beer and eating pork rinds on Easter. Besides, there are Easter egg hunts to attend. (Calm down NASCAR fans, I’m just kiddin’ y’all).

According to this website, the exact date of Easter Sunday “varies because it is determined using a calculated lunar calendar. It is the first Sunday approximately after the first full moon on or after the March equinox.”

Well, alrighty then. Let’s just say it is a complex formula…and Easter is sometime in March or April. Here’s a handy-dandy website to help you plan your future Easters.

Easter is also the time when people attend church on Sunday – in fact some folks contend it is the most attended church service of the year. Christians (like me) believe that Jesus (the Son of God) came back to life (was raised from the dead) three days after he was crucified on the cross. Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday) is when the crucifixion is commemorated. You can check out the story in Mark 15:16 through Mark 16:19. It is very touching.

The title of this column is “There’s a seat for you” and that’s because you should take time out of your busy schedule and attend Church this Sunday – a church of your choice – because there really is a seat for you at your local church. You’ll feel better after attending and many churches have services throughout the day to fit your schedule (so you and your friends don’t miss the Easter egg hunt).

Who knows…we may run into each other this Sunday!