Today we celebrate moms! God accomplishes so many blessings through our mothers. In our message we will go back in time to an ancient church that faced a death. When Jesus rose from the dead he didn’t stop all death; he took away the sting. Today we’ll look at what it means that death has lost it’s sting. We have No Fear of Death.
Our God is the Vine; we are the branches. To remain fruitful in life we need to stay connected to him. A large part of that is connecting others to the Vine as well. This week we take a trip to Philippi, a Roman colony in the ancient world to see the Apostle Paul in action.
Does that sound like freedom to you? Doing what you want when you want to do when you want to do it? While that may sound good – living just for yourself is an empty life. True freedom is doing what God wants me to do. Because of Easter, there is No Fear in Freedom.
How to live – that is the question. I have to ask you – have you ever seen death? Our society is quarantined off from death for the most part. Death is something that happens in the hospital or maybe in a hospice setting. Because of Easter life is more certain!
Do sheep listen? I don’t know much about sheep, but nine months into dog ownership and I can tell you that they don’t always listen. In fact, I’m convinced that my dog hears what I’m saying, comprehends what I want, but he still refuses to do what I say simply because he is unwilling. I’m told that sheep don’t always listen either, but before I start in on a rant on white woolly animals, I should confess my own selective hearing issues. Yes, I don’t listen at times too.
What do you do when your plans fall through? That’s a question for our Easter sermon series and that the disciples were asking themselves on that first Easter. Slowly the reality of the Gospel hit them. This Sunday we’ll ask this question: …when all we can do is go for a walk? Two disciples were walking on the road to a small town called Emaus. Another traveler opened up the Scriptures to them. This was Jesus.