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The Resurrection

March 10, 2007

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What is the cornerstone of our faith? What is the one foundational belief upon which the rest of our faith rests? What is the one thing we must believe for the rest of our faith to have meaning and fulfillment?

What could cause a timid, coarse fisherman to look the authorities in the face and say he would not shut up as they had ordered?

What would cause a Pharisee of Pharisees to do a 180 degree turn around and go from persecutor to persecuted? Listen as he explains his actions and answers all of the questions above, “And if Christ wasn’t raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith.” I Cor. 15:14.

The Resurrection!

He was a good man, full of wisdom, able to heal with a touch or a word. He was a Rabbi with a rag tag bunch of disciples that followed Him wherever he went. He said that God was His father and that He was God in the flesh. He said He was the only way to God, and that without believing His words you would be lost. His message was just words, just words until…

The Resurrection!

In my life a lot of my family and friends have died. I have attended and preached more funerals than I like to think about. I have seen tears and I have shed tears. Death hurts! Death would be hopeless without…

The Resurrection!

Life is filled with challenges, problems and stresses that stretch us beyond measure. And as Paul also said, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” I Cor. 15:19. Our assurance is that we are not alone, and that we are not forgotten because of…

The Resurrection!

If God could do that…well, you get the idea.

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One comment

  1. I have learned from N.T. Wright that Resurrection was the hope of Rebels in the empire. Notice that the Sadducees did not believe in Resurrection. They were deeply invested in the establishment -as we say today. So was Herod and his party. But the Pharisees and the Zealots all longed for Resurrection when God, like Ezekiel describes in Ch 37 would raise an army of the dead (bones).

    So, pharisee of pharisee, Saul encounters one crucified as a rebel who had indeed risen. That would stop a pharisee in his tracks alright. Rumors of it would need to be squashed by the Emporer and those invested in the imperial order of Caesar.

    Jesus Rocks! He Rocks our world. He is taking it back by storm. Set the clock to zero! We are starting Creation again. The 8th day has come. All things are new. Mint new money. Sell everything you have. Burn the hall of records and debts. The BONES LIVE! We are coming to your town. And LIFE is coming with us. There will be PLENTY. And You are invited to eat at the table of the KING.

    Resurrection is the foundation of all we believe!

    Many blessings…



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