If you have ever heard someone say, "The Bible is out dated! The Bible doesn’t relate to today!"? When I read the account of Jesus being betrayed, punished, dying on the cross and the impact that had on his followers I wonder, "How can you say that?"
Look at the experiences of the disciples... They felt grief, loss, pain, abandonment; they were real people with real disappointments. In John 21, they had given up and gone back to fishing, in other words, they had going back to the way things were before Jesus.
When Jesus shows up, he is standing on the shore. They had been fishing all night with no success. He tells them to cast their nets on the other side. Success! Their nets were full of fish! Obedience leads to success.
When we hit hard times we can feel those same feelings. We can want a new place with God. A new spiritual high BUT what He is often saying is, "Come back to Galilee…come back to that first LOVE…that child like faith." On Resurrection Sunday we are re-minded of the hope we have in Jesus. No matter how difficult life has gotten, the resurrection is real. Jesus had not forgotten the disciples and Jesus doesn't forget us today. This Easter join us as we re-member the living hope we have in the resurrected Je-sus.
Remember Easter is a time when people are generally more open to talking about religious things. This is seen by the movies that come out at this time of year (e.g. Son of God, Noah) so make an effort to invite at least three friends to church this Easter. Worship services this Easter services ARE at 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. (note the time change for 1st service.)Pastor Mark
VBS - July 7-11
Last summer we held our first Vacation Bible School in many years. God laid it on Bethany Lara to lead the program and it was a success. We are NOW planning VBS for this summer. July 7-11 in the eve-nings we will hold the International Spy Academy.
Many of our main leadership positions are already filled. But we can use more leaders and helpers. Our next meeting is April 27 at 12:30 following the 2nd ser-vice. Light lunch will be provided.
We especially need help with our set. We would like to create a full background on the stage. Our VBS guide has plan and idea, we need helpers who can work to-gether as a team building a dynamic set that will help create a fun and energizing time.
If you are interested in this please contact Pastor Mark.
We want to reach out to children who do not know the lord. So evangelism is a key reason for this VBS. Please start praying and planning to be a part of this wonderful experience. We will need lumber for our set such as 2X2 or 2X4 and large card board boxes (like re-frigerator size) if you have some and can donate them please let us know.Pastor Mark