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Articles on "Easter"

Don’t Stop Now!

posted Apr 17, 2017

Don’t stop now! Don’t think that Easter is over, now that you too realize the tomb is empty and Christ is alive and risen! As miraculous and powerful as this news is, it is just the beginning for all of us. When Mary Magdalene ran with the news of the day, and Jesus’ followers had the opportunity to absorb what had just happened, the power that God unleashed on Easter morning — and its influence upon the world —was just getting started. Read more …

Ready for Easter?

posted Apr 13, 2017

Easter is coming! Perhaps it is surprising you too with its approach and position on the horizon of the week before us. Some surprises in life can be wonderfully enjoyed without any preparation. The big things in life, however, the significant moments which help mold our character and remind us of who we are as persons, when we look back upon them, are the kind for which we may want to prepare. Easter is one of those days. It is a big day! It reminds us of who we are as Christ’s Church. As well, the historical happenings of Easter also infuse the present with an invitation to faith, for those who are on that path. Read more …

A Present Tense Reality

posted Mar 23, 2015

There is one song, which for me, more than any other makes Easter worship happen — “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” Whenever we sing it, the melody and words follow me home from church. The tune and lyrics tumble around in my head and heart late into the day. They prompt me to utter spontaneous prayers of praise to God, and other kinds of prayer – prayers on behalf of others who still struggle in the darkness, who still live unaware of God’s love and concern for them. Read more …

How Loving Are We – Really?

posted Apr 22, 2014

There seems to be an emotional high that comes with Easter. Many report experiencing the closeness and joy of God after joining others in the act of worship. Yet just the other day I read the following statements which tell another story: “The church is almost indistinguishable from the world…Our growth in love for God does not necessarily translate into a more mature love for others…Our inability to resolve conflicts maturely remains one of the most pressing problems in our churches.” Pete and Geri Scazzero list these findings, among others, in their book, Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0. Read more …

Easter Present and Eternal

posted Apr 18, 2014

It was an amazed, re-energized Mary Magdalene who came running, shouting to an early gathering of confused disciples just three days after the dark happenings of Calvary, “I have seen the Lord!”  Those who lived next door to the resurrection of Christ eagerly communicated the thrill of their experiences to others. Through their testimony the resurrection was being announced to a growing audience; it was showing up in people’s lives, and taking shape within their community. Read more …