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He Is Alive!

04.11.18 | Elder's Corner | by Matt Saxe

    2 Corinthians 5 The Message (MSG)

     

    1-5 For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

     

    I stumbled across these verses last week as I was looking for something else, but I'm glad I took the time to read them.  They made me think of the 2 great services we had on Easter.  Along with Eli's sermon and the skit the junior high boys presented, Paul's words reminded me why we celebrate Easter... Jesus is alive and has defeated death!  And because He rose again, we will rise again with  brand new God made bodies!  Not only that, but we will be with Him for eternity, celebrating, worshiping, fellowshipping with our family, friends and the saints that have gone before us!

     

    I love it when our church family comes together as a whole to worship and fellowship (And eat!  I'm a Southern Baptist at heart, I cant help it) like we did for Easter, because I think it does give us just a little glimpse of what we can look forward to in Heaven.  So, a BIG thank you to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make that happen -  Larry and Sandy Wigington for the decorations, the entire kitchen crew for the wonderful meal and the extra hours you put in before and after, Matt Sealock and Kayla Boren for working with the youth to prepare them to lead us in worship, all the youth kids that did such a great job, Kayla and the choir for their hard work (you all sounded great!) and John Hull and anybody who helped with the audio-visual tech stuff that I don't understand.  I'm sure I am leaving someone out, but if you had anything to do with Easter Sunday celebration, please know that it does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, and that your efforts helped to make it a great day for everybody.  

     

    -Matt Saxe

    Elder