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May 2011

posted Apr 29, 2011, 1:06 PM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Apr 29, 2011, 1:11 PM ]

Greetings Servants of the Risen Savior!

In these days after Easter, as we bask in the glory of the resurrection of our victorious Lord, it is good for us to stop and consider the goodness of our God.  Since childhood many of us have known the Bible verse recorded in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  The amazing events of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are rooted and grounded in the love of a God who loves us so deeply that He is willing to lay it all down in order to be reconciled with His people who have gone terribly astray.  The apostle Paul describes it this way in Romans 5: 7-8, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Yes, it is true!  Even though you were a sinner, an enemy of God, He loved you with an everlasting love to the point of freely, willingly laying down His life on your behalf.   
As Alfred Ackley declares it in his well known Easter hymn, “Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!  The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find, none other is so loving, so good and kind.  He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!   He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.  He lives, He lives salvation to impart!  You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart.”
Yes, dear friends it is good for us to stop and bask in the glory and love of our God who loved us this much.  I pray that you personally have received Jesus Christ into the core of your life; that you don’t just know about Him, but that He lives “within your heart.”  This reality changes everything.  Let’s live each day like it is Easter morning, because we truly do serve a Risen Savior.  Hallelujah!
Basking with you in the glory,
Pastor Fred