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How is the resurrection relevant today?

Happy Easter. Today’s message at church was “How is the resurrection relevant?”

I am always seeking the relevance in Gods word. It is so hard sometimes to see how to apply lessons and messages in today’s world. 

There is one promise Jesus NEVER made, that life would be easy. There is one thing EVERYONE can agree with: the world is difficult. We have difficult decisions to make, we have really painful things to deal with, we have sorrow, heartache, etc. I think we’ve all heard sayings about decisions defining who we are, or how we deal with tough situations speaks volumes about us.

20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21

We are “subjected to frustrations” so we seek out answers. At church this morning the pastor categorized our solutions to problems into three categories: Religions, Secular and Christian 

First I want to point out that there is a difference between “Religions” and “Christian”. Religion is an organized group of people who share a common believe system. Christian very simply translated means a follower of Christ. Plain and simple. 

The religious solution to problems is to fight our “climb” our way out. As the pastor pointed out it usually reveals that problems are centered on our own selfishness or ignorance. The solution looks “steep” like a long path up a big mountain. There is a slight glimmer of hope. If you’re good enough and you “take up your cross” and bare your burden it will work out. This is true for a lot if not all major religions. 

The secular solution to problems is that we are totally alone and that we should just learn to toughen up. Life is meaningless. Get a thick skin. No ones looking out for you, but you. Insert cliche quote here. It’s a pretty dismal outlook with very little hope involved. 

The Christian solution: LIfe. Death. Resurrection. Jesus took on flesh and blood to walk this miserable life with the rest of us. He embraces and acknowledges that this world is frustrating and hard. He takes on ridicule (all of our sin) and dies an ugly, painful, tourtureous death on a cross. Many of his own followers at that time thought: okay, well good game Jesus. Thanks for validating how awful we already knew the world was. Then, to the astonishment of ALL he rose from the dead three days later. Proving to those who doubted him (including some of his closest followers) that there is more than this world. There is a HOPE in Jesus. For those who believe, you will never feel alone in your struggles. You are never alone in your moments of decision. You are never alone at your loneliest times. 

The resurrection represents an unconditional love and hope. Not only is that relevant today, but it was relevant yesterday and it will be relevant tomorrow. 

So today, whether you celebrate Easter for the candy or for the acknowledgment that Jesus rose from the dead… May you be blessed today with a sense of unconditional love and hope within you. May you feel that you are not alone in whatever struggles you are facing. 

HE IS RISEN! 

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A lot of people struggle with faith and feel the need to prove God’s existence. It’s a common struggle. While the Bible does say to have a child like faith it also says that at some point we need to stop drinking milk and start eating solid food (1 Cor 3). While we are asked to have a child-like faith we are not asked to be children. I agree that some people take this way too literal. The child-like faith is important though. The Bible says, in so many words, that we will NEVER fully understand or comprehend God- it’s just not possible with the limited capabilities of our minds. This is where God asks us to have that child-like faith. We have to suspend our disbelief and accept that we will not have every answer.  This is where the struggle begins. There are many different reactions at this point:

 

-Well if i’m never meant to understand it than why bother at all

-I’ll just sit here and never ask questions and just go through the motions like a good little “Christian”.

-I’m going to ask questions strive to learn as much as possible and accept that I may never get ALL the answers.

I think I fall in the last category most of the time. Here is the think about throwing your hands up and saying:

 “You know what?  I know nothing God. I have no idea who you are.  Absolutely, no clue whatsoever.  I think you love me, and I attempt to reciprocate by making the world a better place (hopefully)” It’s just not true…

 

God created us in his image. That doesn’t mean God walks around in skater shoes with a shaggy hair cut… it does mean that there is some representation of God in all of us (Genesis 26-31). And the interesting part about Genesis 26 is that God refers to himself in the plural. This is representative of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So we are actually created with bits of all three. You can interpret that as you will, but you can’t say that you know NOTHING about God; to say that means you know NOTHING about yourself. 

 

God doesn’t give us a magic formula to prove his existence because that’s not the point.  Just because someone can solve an equation doesn’t mean anyone gives a crap about the answer. Maybe it’s a really important equation- maybe the answer will solve some big world problems.

God doesn’t want to be solved- He wants to LOVE and be LOVED. Love is hard to define, hard to show, hard to prove. Love requires a certain amoutn of faith too, but we do it everyday. We love our parents, our friends, our pets, our jobs (hopefully), our computers, our precious equations, etc….. We put trust and faith in THINGS and PEOPLE all the time. So why does it become an issue all of a sudden when we are asked to love and put faith in God? 

 

Just food for thought. 

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A Time To…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; 
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 

3 A time to kill and a time to heal; 
A time to tear down and a time to build up. 

4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; 
A time to mourn and a time to dance. 

5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; 
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 

6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost; 
A time to keep and a time to throw away. 

7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; 
A time to be silent and a time to speak. 

8 A time to love and a time to hate; 
A time for war and a time for peace.

I haven’t blogged in a couple weeks. The messages at church have been great, but I haven’t been moved to write about them.

I’m feeling a bit introspective tonight though. I read over the passage above trying to figure out what “time” I’m in right now.

 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; - 
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 

I am definitely in a time of planting new friendships… 

3 A time to kill and a time to heal

I have been in a time of healing for a while now but it’s a  process.

A time to tear down and a time to build up. 

This is a HUGE one. Above all, I am in a time of building up what has been torn down. It’s my time to rebuild something better than before!

4 A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance

I’m not weeping. I’m done crying. I am all about the laughing and dancing right now!

5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; 
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 

6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost; 
A time to keep and a time to throw away

This seems to go hand in hand with the building up to me.
I’m searching for new building material, I’m keeping the pieces I liked
From the old me, and I’m tossing the rest. 

7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; 
A time to be silent and a time to speak

I started this blog because I felt it was my time to speak…

8 A time to love and a time to hate; 
A time for war and a time for peace.

I have been praying A LOT lately for people in my life- and people i’ve never met. But I think tonight I’ll just listen instead and just be in a time of peace. 

What time are you in?

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