and I may be a FOOL, but this last week has been NO JOKE! Continue reading
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That’s right people – today at about 11 AM I will be heading over to PHF – Newport News airport and Lord willing, climbing on an Airtran flight bound for the ATL. I’m finally getting the opportunity to stroll back down south to see all my wonderful friends & family with LifeBridge Church, where I worked for over 2.5 years. I will be spending the Easter weekend and joining them for an awesome Easter Sunday experience!
Then on Monday Continue reading
This is insane – guess I’m gonna need my “big boy pants” to ride out this storm (all said tongue in cheek – cause if this is one of the worst things that ever happens to me – then I guess my life turned out no too bad)
Here is day #2 of the story of my lil “trip to Augusta” (I’ll copy & post below as well in case the story ends up a dead link) – it’s pretty awesome how horrible of a person I am, I am thinking by early next week the guy who actually did the robbing may end up being a hero for taking this crazy amount of cash away from someone so stupid as I am – he he he Continue reading
Hey Everyone – so here is a lil video recap of a lil of the craziness that was our Easter weekend around Christ’s Church @ Cobb. Also listed below are a couple of the links I mention in the video.
Neal’s Easter Sermon – in case you are interested! There is a video that I show at the start of the sermon – the audio is on the sermon file, but if you wanted to see the actual video it can be found here:
and I am not talking about the kind where churches put on this HUGE PRESENTATION (not knocking them, been a part of some churches that do some AWESOME productions that really have a HUGE IMPACT in getting out the Story of Jesus’ death, burial, & resurrection). I am talking about this passage that I have probably read all my life, but never really paid much attention to until the last couple of years. It always strikes my fancy about this time each year.
A good deal of my interest stems from the fact that there really isn’t much ever talked about, or at least I’ve never really heard much, in regards to these few lines. The story is found in Matthew chapter 27 where Jesus is in the process of being crucified…
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Now many times I have heard someone talk about the idea of the Temple Veil being torn from top to bottom and all that it represents – so I am good with that. My sense of drama and intrigue is stoked by the next couple lines about the tombs being opened and how people came back to life, and then after Jesus’ own resurrection started to go into the towns and be seen by others. This is a PRETTY INCREDIBLE SCENE if you ask me! I am not sure how I would have reacted to or felt about this??? I mean on one hand it would be pretty awesome to witness and would be mind-blowing, yet at the same time would be something that would TOTALLY freak me out. Not sure why God allowed this to be included or why it took place, other than to just pound home the point of how important and crazy what was taking place actually was.
Then the next part that is really cool to me is what the Roman Centurion who was standing near the situation had to say. I mean let’s not forget this guy had seen his share of brutal deaths, sobbing families, and was probably as hardened as they come, but I find it very interesting what his response to all this was.
“Surely he was the Son of God!”
Isn’t that what this entire story of Easter is all about? No matter what goes on, what your church plans are, what your family traditions are, whether you are in school or out, or have to go to work or have the day off, whether you observe Lent or not – whatever the case may be – shouldn’t everything we do this weekend (and some might argue with every day of our lives) be done in a way as to help those around us to see that JESUS “SURELY IS THE SON OF GOD!” – and how He can repair, restore, & redeem our lives – no matter who or what we are.
I certainly wish I spent more time doing exactly that – “Lord please forgive me for the time I do NOT spend in complete amazement & adoration of YOU and what YOU did for me through YOUR SON – JESUS!”