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I absolutely L.O.V.E. Easter….and all that it stands for.  Easter is the reason we even exist as a church and as a ministry.  Without Easter, it would all be pointless.  But Jesus Christ overcame sin, death, and the grave and we can stand in his victory as more than conquerors. 

  • Our service today touched on the “Rescue” element of LOST.  In life, just like the TV show, when rescue is being offered, a voice (Ben from the TV show) calls out that the rescue is risky and dangerous….that accepting “rescue” would be a mistake. 
  • That voice today comes from the sworn enemy of mankind, Satan himself.  And he warns you that accepting the offer of Jesus rescue is too costly..the price is too high… you can make it on your own. 
  • We celebrated the specialness of the day by observing The Lord’s Supper at the conclusion of the service. 
  • Our music was “spot on” for the message content
  • Hannah Huebner returned from her mission trip to France and was in the service this morning.  She was tired…but radiating.
  • Paul and Paula Scott are headed to Dallas to investigate a mission ministry “Shoes for Orphan Souls”
  • We had Scott Campbell, a missionary to the eastern Canadian provinces in the service this morning.  Scott and his family have done marvelous work for the kingdom in Canada.  He is now coordinating church planting efforts there and pastoring/coaching the planters.  What a wonderful ministry.  Thanks Scott for honoring us and worshiping with us this morning.  (Click here to see the churches under his care)
  • We had a larger than expected crowd today and the spirit was good.
  • We had at least one person indicate they invited Christ into their life as Lord.
  • We are unofficially opening a “satellite campus” in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We had more people leave for there this afternoon….which brings the count for the month up to almost 15 Grovers in Gulf Shores.  I guess we’ll just start renting space. 🙂
  • Lesley hooked us up with an awesome ham and hashbrown casserole for Easter lunch.  Mmmm, Mmmmm good!
  • We had a couple of visits to the blog today from Israel…. which is kinda cool on Easter Sunday. 
  • It’s a good thing Jesus wasn’t crucified in Peoria in 2008…. he would have arisen to snow.  😦    (is that a sign of spring here?)

I hope and pray that your Easter was fulfilling…. and full of power of Jesus Christ. 


2 Responses

  1. Our Easter service was the highlight of my day. I woke to a rather ugly e-mail sent to a dear friend and myself, dragging out things that should be over and done with–not the greatest way to start Easter. But the service was so fantastic! The words of the message and songs really spoke to me about how Jesus rescues us, even beyond Salvation. He rescues us from the nastiness of our everyday lives. He offers us support and strength so that we can climb the mountains in our path. He gives us courage to overcome our weaknesses, to be more like Him. All we have to do is ask. And even after we’ve accepted Christ, that little voice doesn’t disappear. Satan hates it when people are seeking after God, and he will do anything he can to throw us off. And Jesus continues to offer rescue from this. Ask him and see for yourself!

  2. Tammy Easter service was great! I am eager and excited for every Sunday and I cant wait to get to church! But just as you experienced Easter morning, Satan throws a curve ball Coach Mark’s and my way every week. With the Lords help, we have to make a conscious and positive effort to stay focused on “The Main Thing.” I cant tell you how many times I have been rescued….walking along minding my own business and then bang, I am looking up from the bottom of a pit. Unfortunately, there are those who choose to wallow around at the bottom for awhile not wanting to be rescued, but hoping to gather an audiance of hand wringers. Being the victim somehow makes them feel set apart, special. They are the ones Satan uses to throw us off, like on Easter morning before church. Christ is always on time and ready to rescue anyone from sin, life situations and even themselves. Satan wants us to live life in the pits, but praise the Lord, Christ offers His help in keeping us on the right path and to also bless us in the journey. I am glad you didnt let Satan have vicory Sunday morning. You looked beautiful and your smile showed no evidence of prior disappointment. I am so blessed to be able to share the joy of being rescued with you.

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