Alive!

Swimming Fully Dressed

Great novels sometimes include an epilogue. This is an additional chapter that comes after the climax and resolution of the story. It isn’t usually essential to the plot, but it may provide readers additional information and a greater sense of closure. John included an epilogue to his Gospel, but unlike modern epilogues, John’s closing lines contain a significant message from the resurrected Jesus. Join us for the final message in ALIVE! and learn what Jesus says to drifting disciples about…

Redeeming Scars

It is said that seeing is believing. It certainly was for the Apostle Thomas. His response to the news that Jesus was alive earned him the title Doubting Thomas. But that title is unfair. After all, if it had been you, wouldn’t you have been tempted to respond the same way? Well, maybe not. According to Jesus, those of us who believe today are exercising a faith that Thomas and the other disciples couldn’t. Join us for a message about…

Heavenly Halitosis

Jesus once told His disciples that He would eventually leave them. While this idea upset His followers, Jesus assured them that it was for their own good because it would usher the arrival of the Holy Spirit. It would be the Holy Spirit that would empower Jesus’ followers to change the world. Passage (read it): John 20:19-23 Principle (know it): The Resurrection has the power to … Revive your faith (John 20:19-20) Restore your life (John 20:22; Genesis 2:7; Ezekiel…

When to Let Go

Letting go is hard. When Mary first realized that Jesus was alive, she wanted to grab hold of Him and never let Him go. Jesus, however, told Mary that she couldn’t hold on. She had to let go. Jesus wasn’t going to stay and things could never go back to the way they were before. We often try to cling to the past when God is inviting us into His presence. A presence that will lead us to a future…

When the Tomb Is Empty

The resurrection of Jesus has been the most debated event in all human history. That debate is nothing new. It started on that very first Easter as Mary, John and Peter arrived to find the tomb empty and each had a very different reaction. Join us as we see how our responses to the empty tomb are reflected in those first reactions. Passage (read it): John 20:1-10 Three responses to the empty tomb: Mary’s Response: Rational   (John 20:2) Peter’s Response:…