Tuesday, April 14, 2009

He is Risen! You are Forgiven!

Sunrise Service - Waking up Early - The congregation singing "Jesus Christ is Risen Today......"; often times with trumpets blaring. Breakfast following worship.

This has been Easter morning for a much of my life, including this year as my mother and I visited one of my cousin's country church.

We gather to celebrate the Ressurrection of our Savior, the Forgiveness of our Sins.

Jesus Christ is the only one who saves any souls. Easter is a time to ponder the Power of Jesus Christ and the Triune God. Let us seek Christ's wisdom, forgiveness and His Will for our Nation, and individual lives as a drowning man seeks a breath of air.

No human, individual or organization, can save anyone. Forgiveness is found in Christ alone!

We must forgive ourselves. In the mid-1990s a good friend, whom we will call Jack, stated that he continued to live with the remorse of his girl friend having an abortion in the 1980s. After listening to his remorse, recognizing the guilt in his face, voice, and soul; I said, "Jack, God forgave you a long time ago. He wants you to forgive yourself. Christ has great plans for you!" Today, Jack is a leader in his business sector.

Forgive others! Science has proven that retained guilt causes significant damage to us as we carry grudges. Jesus died to release us from our mistakes, we continue to have responsibilities; upon request He will place the ability in our hearts for us to forgive others and ourselves.

Easter is a celebration! A life-long celebration of forgiveness. Easter reminds us Christ died to free us to fully serve Him. Accept His forgiveness, forgive yourself, forgive others who have wronged you.

He is Risen! You are Forgiven!

Make it a Great Day in Christ!