Believing in God is seeing God as He really is. Faith in Christ is more than mere intellectual assent. According to this Easter sermon, it is believing with the fullness of your being; with the heart and soul, body and mind:
This Easter message explains how everyone needs love, forgiveness, transformation, strength, community and a mission worthy of this life and the life to come. Sometimes Christianity and the church are barriers to these pursuits.
In difficult, disappointing circumstances, this sermon challenges us not to let faulty perspectives block the light from our eyes. An Easter encounter on the road to Emmaus encourages us to view life through God's eyes, surrender our expectations, and acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus Christ and stake our future on it!
This sermon on faith, a brief reflection on Psalm 23, encourages us with this thought: Our lord himself has passed through the valley of the shadow of death for us. We need not fear any evil. Our salvation is not maintained by our fragile faith. But we are kept by the power of God. Our forgiveness is in His shed blood. In our crisis of faith, the long pause the deep breath, we must not lose heart for hope flies on the wings of the dawn.
A risen Savior comes back -- again and again -- to the very ones (I'm talking about us!) who so betray and disappoint Him. He appears to us, seeks us, finds, grabs us, embraces, holds. As this Easter sermon attests, in life, in death, in life beyond death, this is our hope. The risen Christ came back to us.
Grief, Pain, Fear. Monuments too heavy for anybody to budge. And the Prince of Darkness, the spirit that distracts and distresses and destroys, sits on the top of that stone, cleaning his nails with a switchblade knife. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge him! This Easter messages asks, "Who will roll the stone away?" Not three grieving women. Not you. Not me. Only one Man can do it: The Man with the Power.