Why the resurrection is important

Sometimes people get into debates (arguments?) about what is most necessary for a particular task.  What is the most essential component in flying an airplane? Or in building a house?  Or in parenting children?  Or in educating college students?  Or in growing a church?  And it is amazing the diversity of answers you might receive […]

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Sermon: “O Foolish Men”

“O Foolish Men…” Luke 24:13-35 April 1, 2018 A pastor in California tells the story of a secondhand store in California that resells wardrobes of “the stars” of Hollywood. If you have enough cash, you can buy something worn by your favorite actor and play your own role, pretending to be that star. A number […]

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Sermon: The Final Words of Jesus

“The Final Words of Jesus” Selected Scriptures April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday) They are some of the dying words of famous and infamous men: Napoleon Bonaparte, the French general and emperor, said, “I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who has […]

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Sermon: He is Risen

He is Risen Mark 16:1-8 April 20, 2014 Some words are life-changing words. After they are uttered, the direction and course of one’s life is irrevocably changed. Words like the ones I said to Raye Jeanne a few months after we first met — “I love you.” Everything about our relationship changed after that. Words […]

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July 4th and freedom

“…knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7) While on vacation a number of years ago, we turned on the […]

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The resurrected Savior

The accounts of the resurrection are very familiar to us.  And because of that, it’s easy to miss the reason for the account — like every other Gospel passage, the resurrection is given to provide us information about the Savior so that we will worship Him. The advantage of the shortest of the resurrection accounts […]

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He is risen!

Charles Spurgeon: If you ask where God’s glory is most seen, I will not point to creation, nor to providence, but to the raising of Jesus from the dead. [“Christ’s Resurrection and Our Newness of Life”]

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Easter and the resurrection

Three statements about the resurrection: Easter is the New Year’s Day of the soul. [A. B. Simpson] The gospel…doesn’t explain Easter.  Easter explains the gospel.  Christ was God.  The miracle wasn’t that Christ rose from the dead.  It would have been even more unthinkable for the God/Man who was born as he was, and lived […]

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Sunday Leftovers (4/24/11)

The resurrection means that Christ is alive, and those who believe in Christ also live (1 Cor. 15:12-20). The resurrection means that we can rejoice in what we have in Christ even when we suffer loss in the world (1 Peter 1:6-7).  The resurrection means that when others would say, “curse God,” we can say, […]

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