April 22, 2018,
"When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you." ~ Shannon L. Alder
April 15, 2018,
"Did not our hearts burn within us on the road when he opened to us the scriptures?" Luke: 24:32
The account of Jesus' appearance to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus is most didactic in terms of what it can teach us about the meaning of the resurrection and how it affects our lives today. While the resurrection is a message about Jesus' triumph over death and the grave, it is also a message about its implications for the here and now.
April 1, 2018
Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was yet dark, and saw the stone had been rolled away. John 10: 1.
Humankind is always marveling at something new, things we find compelling. It was Columbus, then the harnessing of the steam engine. More lately, its the computers, and every form of technology. Man has always reached beyond himself to some new frontier. But the truth is nothing has impacted human life like the Resurrection. We are Easter People, those who share the joy of the Risen Christ. But what does the Empty Tomb mean in your life?
Here are three important meanings of the Empty Tomb:
I. PAST FAILURES CAN BE ERASED.
II. LIFE'S CHALLENGES CAN BE
III. DEATH IS OVERCOME WITH
March 25, 2018,
And those who went before him and those who followed, cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Mark 11: 9.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and while we know the outlines of the story, have we ever considered the details? Why did events unfold as they did and what was the meaning of each event? The events of the week are nothing less than "Jaw Dropping."
We will cover such focus points as:
March 11, 2018
"As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus charged them to tell no one what they had seen. ~ Mark 9:9
The Sunday preceding Lent is called "Transfiguration Sunday," as Jesus was transfigured with Moses and Elijah. He took with him Peter, James, and John, who were amazed beyond words at what they beheld. But Jesus did not stay on the mountain. He came down to the real world of trials that would define his life until his death on the cross. It would be trials of suffering,betrayal, and denial. Lent is a season reflective of Christ's day's subsequent to the Transfiguration...We've all been on the top of the mountain, but frequently find ourselves in the valley "after the mountain." Life is filled with valleys. High moments never last. It's how we respond to the low moments that define our lives.
Serving Him together, Rev. Les Wicker, pastor
February 25, 2018
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8: 37