Easter Reflection

Easter is the most important date on the Christian calendar. It is the day Christ rose from the dead and proved once and for all his claim to be the Son of God and the Savior of the World. And yet, millions of people will attend church Easter Sunday who have never really considered the practical implications of Jesus’ resurrection. Easter has become a tradition for many people, a day to gather with family and friends to attend church and then perhaps have a meal together. In time, the memory of Easter will fade for many until it rolls around next year, and the process is repeated.

Which is a tragedy, because if Jesus really did rise from the dead, then it sets Him apart from every other human who has ever lived. If He did rise from the dead, then shouldn’t we give full attention to His teaching, His miracles and His commands? The evidence for His resurrection is overwhelming: The tomb was empty, He was seen by the women early Sunday morning, His apostles found new courage to proclaim Him because their lives had been changed by knowing He was alive, He was seen by large crowds of people, Paul’s conversion from orthodox Jew to a convert to Christianity, and, finally, the fact that many of His followers gave their live for Him in the coming years. Would they have given their lives if they hadn’t believed Jesus had risen from the dead?

The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity; without it, as Paul says, our faith is in vain. However, knowing something is true and acting on that truth are two different things. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this Easter we all not only accepted the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, but made a commitment to follow Him with all our hearts?

The Eating Season

Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, we have now fully entered into what can be called "The Eating Season". You know what I'm talking about: the almost limitless opportunity we have to eat foods that, to be it charitably, are not really good for us. The problem isn't that these foods; think pumplin pie, egg nog, any number of seasonal carbohyrates, candy just laying around at your work perhaps, and the temptations that lurk at the end of every supermarket aisle.
I believe that the Bible is clear that God has given us all things to enjoy (1st Timothy 6:17), which certainly includes food. However, during this time of year to its' easy to throw moderation to the wind when confronted with all the tasty treats of the season. So, let's practice moderation during the "Eating Season", and focus our attention on how we can share the blessings of Christ with those around us. In parting, let me bring to our attention some verses from Proverbs, one of the most practical books in the Bible.

Proverbs 23:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

Proverbs 25:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB

16 Have you found honey? Eat only [a]what you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
 

Thanksgiving Table Talk


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Thanksgiving Table Talk
Many of us will spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, and when we sit down for the big meal it is traditional for each person to speak about what they are thankful for. The usual things that people mentioin as being thankful for are: jobs, family, freedom, friends, football and perhaps someone will mention something "spiritual". 
While it is perfectly appropriate to mention things other than God as what we are thankful for, our ultimate thanksgiving should be for the things that God has given us that we can't see or touch. Blessings such as Christ's work for us on the cross, our future in heaven, the new identity we have as God's beloved children and the assurance we have that God will always be with, especially in our struggles and temptations.
So, if you have opportunity this Thanksgiving to give thanks with a group of family and friends, make sure that you remeber to give thanks for God and all the blessings He has given you.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2nd Corinthians 9:15

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Fall is here with the arrival of our first rain event. It reminds us that storms frequently interrupt the flow of our lives and leave us soaked and cold, emotionally not physically. These storms can do one of two things: they can drive us either to or away from Jesus. Our hope is that when you encounter storms in your life you will turn to Jesus, who said,
"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28