March 2017 Dear Friends. There are a lot of changes taking place in our country since the presidential election. There are changes taking place in your families and in your personal lives. Change. The world is full of it. Someone said, “Perhaps it’s the only thing we can count on.” However, you can be sure […]
Countless people over the centuries have dreamed of immortality. Many have invested their entire lives trying to leave a legacy they hoped would span the eons of time. The truth is we will all live forever. But only those who have entrusted their lives to God and experienced His forgiveness have the hope of eternal life with Christ Jesus (John 1:12; 3:16-18). His followers can look beyond the pain, suffering and hardship of earthly life because these things will all pass away with their physical bodies (I Cor. 15:35-58). Those who do not know God do not have this assurance, because when they pass from this life their troubles will linger forever (Luke 16:19-31).
But when Jesus’ followers are taken from this life, they are transformed by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, so that they can enjoy eternity and immortality with Jesus.
A pastor in a Methodist church asked during the children’s sermon, “What happened to Jesus on Good Friday?” A little girl raised her hand and replied, “He died on the cross.” The pastor asked, “then what happened?” A little boy raised his hand and replied, “God recycled Him.”
Resurrection is really here…and now…because Christ has risen, indeed! One of the many joys of Easter is to find hope in our everyday living, even in the midst of our worries, woes, wars and weaknesses.
When we forgive others, feed the hungry, speak out about injustices, comfort the hurting, we are living the Resurrection, indeed!
When we share the joy-filled Word of hope to a friend in need, we are living the Resurrection, indeed!
When we take good care of our bodies, so that we are better able to serve others, we are living the Resurrection, indeed!
Daniel Akin, Dean of Theology at a Baptist seminary said, “When Easter is reduced to nothing more than a bunny, Easter eggs, and chocolate, we have reached a tragic day; because that is not what Easter was about to begin with and it is not what it should be about today.”
As we celebrate Easter and loudly proclaim, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed,” remember the many resurrections in our everyday living. Live it! Celebrate it! Indeed!
Wishing you a joyful and Resurrection-centered Easter season,
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”