Bible

  • The road of shame, suffering and sacrifice lead the cross. And since Jesus died for all and rose again, his life counts for all. The tomb is still empty. Therefore, no matter what happens . . . even if everything else collapses, God’s eternal promises are still standing.

    Asheville Easter Sermon - Luke 24:1-12 - "Easter Still Stands!"

    Hendersonville Easter Sermon - 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 - "The Easter Taunt of the Winners!"

  • It’s kind of hard for us to accept the supernatural. Like Thomas, we find it difficult to believe something that goes beyond our understanding or transcends our reason. Yet we are drawn to those very things in entertainment, in our relationships, and in the world around us. We are attracted to superheroes, fantasy lands, and mystical plots. We want crazy love and strength from the people we rely on the most. We crave stability greater than what we can see. And it just so happens that the resurrection gives us what we are inclined towards and more. Life, forgiveness, peace with God, fearlessness . . . all of these are ours through the living and enduring promises of God because Easter still stands.

  • What are your credentials as a Christian? What are your most noteworthy deeds as a follower of Christ? Before you ponder such questions too deeply, be careful! Personal credentials and accomplishments are actually obstacles in your path. Or as Jesus’ apostle Paul puts it, those are garbage compared to the surpassing value of experiencing the righteousness, power, sufferings, and resurrection of Christ. None of us has “arrived” as a Christian. Instead, we press on toward the goal of knowing Christ and of being called heavenward in him.

  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong.

  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong. This week, we look at where this all started for Jesus public work. In his baptism he takes us with him as he launches onto the scene to live a life that is entirely contrary to this world. As Martin Luther put it, “(in baptism) We do no favors.” We make ourselves and our children enemies of sin, death, and Satan. Yet, how beautiful it is to know that God in baptism has saved us for our eternal home. Even now he helps us live an un-worldly life.

     
  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong.

  • Did Jesus’ first followers grieve when he left them and ascended into heaven? Should his followers today be sad that he is no longer with us in the flesh? No! Just the opposite is the case! The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great celebrations of the Church. “He ascended into heaven,” we confess, “and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty” so that he might intercede for us sinners, pour out his saving grace upon us, equip us to be his witnesses, and strengthen us for the task of proclaiming his salvation to the ends of the earth. Yes, the kingdom and the power and the glory belong to the ascended Lord Jesus now and forever!

  • The Lord isn’t done with us. Far from it! When our Savior rose from the dead and then ascended into heaven, he never intended that any of his followers would simply slip back into their old mundane routines. He has plans for us moving forward, that we would devote ourselves to serving others where we are and to sharing his message of eternal life. In ways we sometimes see and in ways we sometimes don’t see, the Lord Jesus is carrying out his plan and equipping each of us for the pathway ahead.

  • Jesus’ disciples lost him through the cross but then regained him through his glorious resurrection. With the culmination of his work, he brings them and all his followers unbridled and unending joy. How so? It all rests on this fact: Easter still stands! Jesus rose from the dead! Therefore, grief turns to joy just like a mother’s childbirth pain turns to elation. This kind of joy made a believing woman like Lydia open her home to Christ’s ambassador Paul. This kind of joy is experienced when we see that God is making all things new. This kind of joy is ours right now as we share in his everlasting peace and promises.