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Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER! Sunday Words of Encouragement April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER! - HE is Risen - HE is Risen Indeed!

This morning was a beautiful day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Our church shared ‘goodies’ in the narthex before the service and a candy hunt for the little ones after.

Pastor started a new series titled “Broken”. The world is broken; all lives are broken. We are so broken we question everything: “Who am I? When is a fetus a ‘being’?

In our world things break.  Sadly we are accustomed to it. Can you imagine how you would have felt on Friday as Christ, an innocent, was hung on the cross?

When God created the world it was as it should be. Adam and Eve in the garden; they were naked yet knew no shame. They walked and talked with God. Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17, 21-25.

Then Satan tempted Eve saying “Did God really say you would die? He knows if you eat of the tree you will be wise like Him.” What Satan said was true but see how he twisted it? Eve ate and shared the fruit with Adam who also ate. At that moment the perfection of creationwas Broken.

Everything we experience is the result of sin. But God has an answer!God  always has a plan. He planned a solution. The serpent was cursed with a prophesy of victory. Genesis 3:14-15. “He will strike your head, and you will strike his heal.”

Jesus cancelled the brokenness of the world in the moment he died on the cross.

Sermon Point: Where sin left us broken, we are restored at the cross.

Some people try to be good enough but they will always fail. Every relationship has failure. Someone must forgive. Jesus brings forgiveness.

We are all guilty and have all been convicted to the punishment of death. But those who accept Christ have a mediator… and more-- a savior who takes took our punishment. 1 Timothy 2:3-7.

The Hope of the believer is in forgiveness and new life through the RISEN LORD. 1 Corinthians 15:19-22. Surrender yourself to Jesus and accept new life. He says "I forgive you."

This is a song we have been signing this past month. I saved it for today.
No wonder we call Him savior!
Verses for Today:
1 Corinthians 15:19-22
19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
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