Easter Sunday follow up

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

On Sunday, March 31st, our Easter message, “Dead is dead, right?” was from 1 Corinthians 15.12-26 as we reflected on the need for Jesus’ resurrection to be real as we look ahead to our future. You can listen to it on Christ Community Church’s sermon website (or in the archives).

John Updike’s poem, “Seven Stanzas At Easter” is a reflection on the same biblical truth: the resurrection was, is, real!

And what does it all mean for us today? Bob Robinson offers a few good reasons that line up with 1 Corinthians 15 over at Re-integrate.org; be sure to check out the book recommendations if you want to do some more thinking on the subject.

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on March 31, 2013.

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Sunday Follow Up

On March 24, 2013 Pastor Chelsey shared a message from Exodus 15 entitled, “The Lord is a Warrior.” She challenged us to think about God as a Warrior against sin and evil as we headed into Holy Week. Hear that message on our Church sermon website (or in the archives).

This week on the blog, we hope to share multiple stories and reflections from around the web as you remember the last week of Jesus’ time on earth in the flesh. The first one comes from Redemption Pictures and it offers a very different picture of our Good God Warrior: “The God Who Bleeds.”

 

This post is a follow up to a message preached at Christ Community Church. It provides a challenging reflection to the picture of Jesus we make for ourselves and is a resource for Holy Week and Good Friday.

Sunday Follow-up: What is your only comfort?

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong– body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ….

Yesterday at CCC, Rev. Darren Colyn preached from Mark 10 and the healing of Bartimaeus. You can hear the message, “Matter Matters” here. In it, he talks a lot about the Christian response to Platonism found in the gospel and how our bodies, along with our souls, matter.

Towards the end of the sermon, Darren mentioned the Heidelberg Catechism, another writing from our faith tradition that shapes and transforms our worldview. You can find the Catechism on the CRCNA’s webpage- including downloading it as a .PDF and a number of study resources.

You’ll notice that it is set up into 52 “Lord’s Days” and there are 52 weeks in a year. That’s not a coincidence. 😉

This post is a follow-up to the Sunday sermon at Christ Community Church. It provides a resource to continue learning and growing spiritually.