April 2019

Hope Lands

One of my favorite theologians talks about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead as the dent in the ground left when a giant meteor struck. We missed the action of the fiery rock falling from heaven, but we can see the evidence that it struck. There is no YouTube of Jesus tearing off or bursting out of his burial clothes but there they are lying neatly folding on the slab in the tomb (John 20:6-7), as if the former occupant says, “no thanks; I won’t be needing these.” The tomb is empty. Grieving friends and family suddenly act joyful; frightened persons make audacious claims about the reversal of Jesus’ fate. A church of believers, not in Late Jesus but, in Lord Jesus is born. The world is changed forever on that “third day”.

Hope lands. The resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in history. It introduces a new possibility, the unheard-of possibility that the “last enemy” itself is subject to almighty God’s overriding might. “Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55), Paul gloats. And we can gloat right along with him. Please join me in the worship this Easter season as we unfold the ways resurrection hope animates believers, makes them serious players in God’s mission, and compelling witnesses in a culture hungry for authenticity. See you in church!   Pastor Lew

April 28 (Easter 2): Hope Lands, Part 1: Boldness (Acts 5:27-32)

May 05 (Easter 3): Hope Lands, Part 2: Change Sides (Acts 9:1-20)

May 12 (Easter 4): Hope Lands, Part 3: Summon Life (Acts 9:36-43)

May 19 (Easter 5): Hope Lands, Part 4: Puncture Preconceptions (Acts 11:1-18)

May 26 (Easter 6): Hope Lands, Part 5: Contagious (Acts 16:9-15)

June 02 (Easter 7): Hope Lands, Part 6: Perseverance (Acts 16:16-34)


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