Contributed on Apr 13, 2009
After encountering Jesus the women were commanded to go and tell. We carry on this mission because we too have encountered Jesus.
Mark 16:1-8 “The Encounter” INTRODUCTION Routines, even in the face of death, are a part of life. They were present during the time of Jesus just like they are present now. The women were involved in a routine activity as they made their way to the tomb. They had not had time to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2010
The power of the world and the exercise of force could not defeat Jesus, the Son of God. He is raised by the power of God's love--a love that transforms both the followers of Jesus and the world.
Luke 24:1-12 “The Power of Love” INTRODUCTION The greatest story of love is the story of Jesus the Christ. His incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection profoundly demonstrate God’s love for all humankind. This love is transformational—life altering. Once we are ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2010
The women who followed Jesus discovered that the tomb was empty. Peter and the beloved disciples confirmed their discovery. For the rest of their lives, these people discovered how the empty tomb opened up God's kingdom to them.
John 20:1-18 “The Message of the Empty Tomb” INTRODUCTION Occasionally a Good Friday situation slips into our lives. These are situations that appear to be hopeless and beyond God’s power—times when we wonder if there will ever be life after death. For some Good ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2011
The women discovered an empty tomb. The implications of their discovery changed their lives and ours forever.
Mathew 28: 1-10 “A Life Changing Discovery” INTRODUCTION What would your list consist of if I were to ask you to name some of the greatest discoveries of history? This would be a list of discoveries that changed our lives. My list would include: A sun centered solar ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2015
The experience that the women have at the tomb--their encounter with Jesus-- turns their mourning into dancing and transforms their lives forever.
Matthew 28:1-10 “Bumping into Jesus” INTRODUCTION Have you ever had the experience of bumping into an old acquaintance who you never thought you’d ever bump into? That happened to Faye and me one time when our family went to a Twins game in Minneapolis with my ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2015
God's Kingdom has come. The world has changed and Jesus commissions his disciples to go far and wide to tell others the good news.
Matthew 28:16-20 “Commissioned” INTRODUCTION At the Sunday school that I attended each month we would have a “Missionary Sunday.” Missionaries who were on furlough would come and speak to us about their adventures. I was entranced by their stories. What really ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2015
Peter's vision reveals that all people from every nation are acceptable in God's Kingdom
Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 “The Vision” INTRODUCTION Recently a relative visited us for a few days this past year. She’d been to Surprise a few years ago and she was astonished at how Surprised had changed. Surprise had to change in order to accommodate increased population ...read more