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Easter 2023

What an encouraging day yesterday! Two great worship services and a really nice breakfast in-between. What a great way to gather in order to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It was so good to see so many here!

It’s important to acknowledge how many people it takes to make everything go so well. So a big thank you to the musicians—we had four different accompanists participating. Thanks to those who read Scripture or lead worship. Thanks to our ushers, greeters, servers, and candle-lighter. Thanks to those who ran A/V. A really big thank you to those who decorated the sanctuary and the fellowship hall! It all looked great. If you haven’t seen it, make sure to go look at some of the video or look for pictures online. Many thanks also to the ladies who prepared our breakfast. We appreciate all of you and know that it takes so many and many more behind the scenes in order for everything to run smoothly.

Most of all, my hope is that after remembering Jesus’ resurrection, we go forward remembering the power of his resurrection at work within us. Let me share two Scriptures. Romans 8:10-11 says, “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you,” (NIV). Then also, Philippians 3:10 says, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead,” (NIV). The Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead now lives within his followers and empowers us! That’s encouraging news.

Hope you had a great day yesterday and are enjoying this beautiful weather.

God bless, Brian

Ezra 1—Why is Cyrus’ decree important for the story of Scripture?

Ezra 2—What story do you think this list of the numbers of descendants tell?

1 Corinthians 12:1-11—Why do you think “each one” is gifted for the “common good”?

Judges 7—What do you think is the point of the story in this chapter?


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