Monday, April 6, 2015

Because He Lives

Because He lives
There is a beautiful and powerful hymn by Bill and Gloria Gaither called "Because He Lives" that truly captures the joy and power of Easter. The refrain proclaims, "Because he lives, I can face tomorrow; because he lives, all fear is gone; because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the living just because he lives."
These words declare the truth of the life-transforming power of Jesus' resurrection. The women who came early to the tomb on that Easter morning were filled with fear when they discovered an empty tomb and came face to face with a messenger from God. These first witnesses to the awesome power of God over sin and death heard the invitation, "Do not be afraid." They heard the amazing GOOD NEWS that Jesus was alive! Then, they were given the Great Commission to "Go...Tell...Rejoice." Matthew 28:1-10

What does that mean for us today as we begin a new week after Easter? How do we live a "Because He Lives" style of life? We can invite friends and co-workers to share in worship. We can share a word of forgiveness with a friend who has wronged us. We can offer a word of HOPE to one who is grieving. We can do an act of service for one who is in need. We can offer a word of welcome and encouragement to someone who is new or different.  
Because of Christ's Easter triumph over sin and death, we can have the power and we can have the perspective that enables us to be living witnesses of the one who makes life worth living.
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! ALLELUIA!

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Praise God we had over 1300 people attend our Easter Sunday services in Hays along with another 230 in our church in Colby! Join us This Sunday as we continue to look at the Acts of the Apostles as we align our messages with the NBC mini-series, A.D.

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