3 Things Jesus’ Resurrection Means To Us Today

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 The resurrection of Jesus Christ is so much more than a cosy spiritual concept or the assurance of an after life. Of course the spiritual dimension is huge, and while it does guarantee both life after death and a personal resurrection; Jesus’ bodily resurrection has an equally important impact on the way we see the world and live our lives in the here and now. Read more

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3pm, Friday 3rd April, 33AD – The Messiah Died

 

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Just in case you forgot! I know everyday is the Lord’s and we remember Him moment by moment, but I can’t get over this time of year. I mean, God became a man whilst staying God and being man; and then He went on to pull off the most audacious rescue in all eternity. Forget muscly hero bursting in with big guns and clenched fists – this rescue was on a scale and dimension we can only point to. God went to a cross and died.

Jesus is the true passover lamb, and however you end up spending this Good Friday don’t forget to pause for just a moment to remember that God died so that we don’t have to. Once He was on the cross that was it for sin and death…

Talk more on Sunday.

Go well my friends 😀

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Jesus is Alive – So What?

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So many great minds have rejected the literal resurrection of Jesus from the dead; is it really something we should take seriously? After all, hasn’t science proven that dead people are just that – dead, and they don’t come back?

People have struggled with the resurrection of Jesus from day 1 (or day 3 if you prefer). The Jewish leaders bribed the gobsmacked Roman guards who had been flattened by the angelic presence as the world’s Messiah came striding back from death itself. Others have argued that the resurrection was a grief inspired hallucination, or it was simply a lie to build and reinforce a draconian religion that preyed on the vulnerable. Even today some churchgoers would argue that it is a mistake to take the resurrection literally, as though it was our generation who had discovered that dead people don’t tend to come back. Read more

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Easter – Pagan Festival?

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The chocolate eggs, rabbits and Easter cards have been with us since February, and now the time is almost here it will be to a lot of people be a big ‘so what’. Even many Christians are uncertain about it; the very word Easter has it roots in paganism and fertility rights, hence the eggs and the rabbits. 

So, why do a whole load of Christians get excited about a pagan festival?  I believe that it is all to do with meaning, the meaning and emotion that we attach to a word or season. The word Christmas for example is loaded with meaning, even the most hardened atheist can feel something at the thought of Christmas, the joy of the family getting together or the hedonistic delight of the office party. And so it is with Easter, we can attach anything or nothing to the word and the season. Read more

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But I Don’t Want To Go To Church…

In my mind there is a difference between being the church, (God’s people on earth and in heaven) and going to church (a religious exercise sometimes attached to self-righteousness and a sense of well-being). As I have progressed in my journey I have come to question many of the things I used to take for granted, including the habit of church going.

Of course I am not against people going to church but I am questioning the reasons behind it and how effective it is in bringing the people of God to maturity; it is probably worth noting that I have been a ‘pastor’ for over ten years, I have planted two works and have preached in any number of churches around the world, I am forty eight years old, married with two married sons and two daughters at home. Along with my wife I oversee two Christian schools as well as the churches and I am asking the question “why would I go to church?”

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