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An Easter Thought From Your Pastor

Easter Cross


A thought from your Pastor!

 Happy Easter and May God Bless You!

 Can you believe? It’s one of the church’s most well attended Sundays and churches all over the United States will be closed.   Does that mean Christ is not raised?  Does that mean our Salvation is unstable?  Does that mean anything changes in our celebration of the risen Christ?

Not at all—Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday.  He is in my heart and directs my life whether we are in church or in our own homes.  Jesus is a personal Savior and when we receive Him, He is with us 24-7 whether we are in church or not.

Remember the Old Sunday school song: “God said it–I believe it–that settles it.”

 Jesus keeps His promises and some of them are:

He tells us—“He will never leave us or forsake us” That is a special promise.

He tells us —We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us—- You can move forward in His Name.

He tells us —He is a friend that will stick closer than a brother— You can count on Him when you’re in need.

He tells us —Come unto me if you’re heavy laden and I will give you rest—- You can relax in Him.

He tells you —In my Father’s house are many Mansions—I go to prepare a place for you— You have a home when you leave this earth.

And best of all—–He promises us: Romans 10:13 (ESV) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

He can only make and fulfill these promises if He walks with us day by day.  Jesus is with us in the church and He is just as much with us in our home.

We’re all going through tough times but Christ is with us through it all.  Always remember one of our favorite verses: Philippians 4:19 (NIV) My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Even if we can’t make a regular church service on Easter, take some extra time and celebrate the wonderful gift of Salvation that He has given us.  Encourage one another and lift Jesus up for the fabulous gift of Salvation.

Just like Snoopy, we may want to have some Easter Eggs, some chocolate and even some “Peeps.”  Easter is a time to have fun, but remember the real reason why it is so special.

Snoopy and eggs

And as always: Keep praying but also keep rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Save me an extra chocolate egg.  Hopefully we will be meeting together again in the near future.

God’s Blessing,

Pastor Gerry and Carolyn

For God So Loved The World

Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies

Today is such a wonderful day for the rest of our lives!!!!!!!

A most Blessed Easter to each and every one of you!

 Have you ever wondered how lilies were associated with Easter?  Lilies are often used in the Bible as symbols of beauty:

 Jesus said, “Consider how the lilies grow.  They do    not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these” (Luke 12: 27).

 Since lilies grow from a bulb that is buried and then blooms into life, it is a beautiful representation of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  The trumpet shaped blooms of the lilies have been likened to the trumpets of angels that herald events in the Bible.  Lilies announce Spring, but the greatest event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

 Though most of the lilies native to America do not bloom until early summer, the Bermuda lily, or white trumpet lily, which blooms naturally in the spring, was imported to the U.S. in the late 1800’s.  

It’s popularity grew and it soon became the symbolic flower of Easter across the land.*

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