Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Join with the women who were the first to witness the empty tomb of Jesus and experience their joy when their Savior suddenly appears to them. Come and see! Go and tell! As surely as the sun comes up at dawn, the Son of God is risen from the dead, triumphant over the grave, never to die again. He gives life, full and free, to all who trust in Him!
In order to know the God who is love, you need to know what God's Son did on the cross of Good Friday. "For God so loved the world..." And that love most certainly includes YOU. Pastor Jeff's message comes from Mount Olive's annual Tenebrae service where we commemorate the seven last words of Christ from the cross.
In this Palm Sunday message, Pastor Jeff Alexander helps us look at the hymn to Christ in Philippians 2:5-11. As we seek a better understanding of the work of Jesus--both His humiliation and His exaltation--we will also gain a better understanding of how we can share His same “mindset.” Focused not on ourselves but on others, we live in relationships because our God is a relational God. He calls you into a relationship with Himself by confessing Jesus as Lord and receiving Jesus as Savior.
What the Prophet Ezekiel prophesies about the breath and Spirit of God in Ezekiel 37 foreshadows what Jesus Christ has come to do. He takes what is lifeless and hopeless and does His saving work in and through it! Case in point: Lazarus. Dead and buried for three days. Yet, when Jesus speaks, Lazarus comes to life! What Jesus does for Lazarus, He will do even greater things for those who trust in Him. He will not only raise you up right here and now, but raise you up forever when He breathes new life into you on the Last Day.
In this message by guest preacher, Rev. Richard Boche of Cheyenne, Wyo., we look at Paul’s use of “walking” in the Epistle to the Ephesians. Guided by the light, who is Jesus Christ, we are called to walk in step with our Savior and live a life of faith.
You’ve been made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Now what? That’s what “therefore” is all about. In Romans 5:1-8, the Apostle Paul shows how peace with God is the outcome of your justification. Not only does this peace fill your present days, but it also extends into the future. Since you’ve been made right with God, even when you’re going through times of suffering, you can live with the certainty that He is present with you and has in store for you a future glory that surpasses anything this world can ever give. How do you know that God will never abandon you? Look to Jesus!
As the Apostle Paul teaches what it means to be made right with God (justified) by faith alone, he seeks to show how this teaching is nothing new. The Old Testament believers--such as Abraham and David--also believed and taught the same thing. We are not saved by doing what the Law commands; the Law only brings wrath. Instead, we are made right with God by the promise of grace (the Gospel), which makes us heirs of life and children of the heavenly Father. This Father covers us in the mercy of His Son, Jesus Christ, and guarantees that we have a place in His forever family.
Paul provides a parallel pattern between Adam, the first man, and Jesus, the only Savior, in his writing in Romans 5:12-19. As we begin the season of Lent, focusing on our great need for our Savior, our readings will help us to see Christ alone as the remedy for our brokenness. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus takes us who are dead in sin and makes us alive in Him. Journey into God’s Word today as we seek to know Jesus and make Him known.