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Friday, 19 April 2019 13:56

Raised

Easter is always an exciting time. The day begins with a Sunrise Breakfast - built for those who want to sleep in! Serving breakfast, free of charge, from 8:30AM to 9:15AM. Then we transition into our Easter Worship Service. The Praise Team is leading us in music. We will continue using the Heidelberg Catechism as our theme, but we are breaking out of sequence and covering Lord's Day 17. So, note the scripture that goes with this Lord's Day, rather than the next one in our regular series.
Lord's Day 17 covers the point of the Resurection of Jesus and how that benefits us. Yeah, I know that sounds like it is all about us, but we have to keep in mind that scripture agrees with me when I say that Jesus' resurrection was all about God and to God's glory.
Okay, having said that, we dive into some scripture to discover what the resurrection means to us.

Here is the Q&A for this Sunday:
Q. How does Christ's resurrection benefit us?
A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.
Second, by his power we too are already raised to a new life.
Third, Christ's resurrection is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.
Published in Service
Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:38

What I Am

Easter Worship Service -- Resurrection Morning!
Sunrise Breakfast from 8:30-9:15 AM Free! Just come
Scripture Key Text: I Corinthians 15:10
Let's play around with a definition of "What I Am"
Oh, yeah, and "Why?"
Published in Service
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:29

Jesus without Scars

Peter did not want to hear anything about Jesus being abused and killed. Peter rebuked Jesus for saying such things as we find in Matthew 16. Imagine rebuking Jesus! But, Peter did and so Jesus uses strong language to steer Peter in the proper direction. "Get behind me, Satan!" But, Peter was not alone in wanting to ensure Jesus didn't have to suffer. Mark Lowry, Christian singer & comedian, tells a story of a time when at the age of 4, he watched a movie about the life of Jesus. When the movie came to the scene where people are shouting, "crucify him," young Lowry stood up and shouted "Noooo" very loudly. He didn't want Jesus to suffer and die. Neither do we, really. If we had the choice, we would skip the whole Good Friday and Black Saturday thing. Even Maundy Thursday is ignored by many. We don't want to face the reality of what Jesus went through for us. Or, maybe we just would prefer to ignore Jesus altogether.

On Easter Sunday, I want to spend a time looking at this possibility. What if Jesus wasn't killed? What if people had shouted for Barrabas rather than Jesus? What if Jesus decided it wasn't worth it and didn't go through with it? What if Jesus was just a good teacher and not fully human & fully divine? What would that mean for us today? I think you'll find the answers rather intriguing, maybe even troubling, I don't know. I hope you'll come and participate in worship at PVC and the Sunrise Breakfast, excellent fellowship, and a great place to be.

What? Sunrise Breakfast, you ask? Yeah, the Pastor & his wife do an Easter Breakfast for free for anyone & everyone. We serve from 8:00AM to about 8:30-ish. Yeah, breakfast, fellowship, cinnamon rolls, discovery, and friendship. Come on 'round to the Pleasant Valley. Worship on Easter morning starts at 9:30AM.
Published in Service

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6

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