Today’s message pertains to one of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. The apostles are gathered together, minus Thomas, and the air is thick with expectation. Then Jesus arrives. Once the miraculously appearing Jesus says who he is, his friends rejoice. Jesus revealed his physical wounds and convinced those gathered that the situation was real. The biblical text sums-up the situation: “ ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’Read More →

God bless you on this wonderful morning. Welcome to the most joyous of all Christian holidays—Easter! Join in this festive occasion as we celebrate. For Easter we emphasize life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ triumph demonstrates how love and light crush hate and darkness. The good news is that God’s message lives fully within each of us. Jesus’ flesh and blood have since transformed in heaven yet Jesus’ principles remain alive with us. Indeed, the Christ (literally “the anointed one”) reigns supreme as a messenger of God’s salvation. Easter reminds us that death is not the final word for human existence. Through theRead More →