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Tag: Easter to Ascension

Look! Up in the Sky!

Why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.

Acts 1:11

It’s sad when someone we love has to leave; even if we know it’s necessary for a while.

This had to especially be true when Jesus left and ascended into Heaven. The disciples thought when He was back that He would user in the Kingdom of Heaven then. But God had different plans – and it involved a temporary separation from them so that more people would have an eternity with Him!

That’s an amazingly good trade!

Jesus will come again, so let’s get to work in the meantime, telling others about Him!


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Go Time!

You are My witnesses of these things.

Luke 24:48

God is so faithful to us; granting us forgiveness, grace, and mercy because of His love for us through Faith in Jesus.

We are witnesses – like the first disciples – of His Faith and blessings!

But God doesn’t just want us as His disciples; He wants everyone; and He wants us to help make that happen! He wants to use us, even with our frailties and faults, to share about Jesus and make disciples of all nations!

What a wonderful “commission” our Lord has given us!


Fishers’ Tale

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21:25

Listening to Jesus is hazardous and, at times, painful; but it is also fruitful beyond measure!

“Cast your net on the right side,” “feed My sheep,” “follow Me.”

Obedience would yield a difficult death for Peter and a haul of 153 fish!

So the question for us: do we dare follow Jesus, regardless of where it leads? Is it worth it, no matter what?

The answer is a resounding ‘yes’! Following Jesus is always worth it – and has everlasting benefits!


Hole-ly Skepticism

Have you believed because you have seen Me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

John 20:29

Thomas gets a tough wrap.

So many people he knows and trusts tell him the best news ever and he doubts.

But, honestly, how many times do we find ourselves in the same situation?

How many times are we told, again and again, how much Jesus loves us, forgives us, and is for us, and we don’t believe – wanting some kind of “proof” to convince us.

As if the resurrection and Scriptures aren’t proof enough!

May we be blessed in believing – without seeing!



Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

Luke 24:38

Peace seems elusive.

We desperately want it and seek it – even taking classes or seminars or reading books on how to “get” it – but it seems ever out-of-reach.

Much of the reason is that we seek the wrong kind of peace. We seek the world’s promised “peace” rather than the Lord’s assured, resurrected, true Peace!

The disciples we’re afraid and hiding, not knowing what to do; even after being told that Jesus is alive. So when Jesus first appears to most of the disciples, His first words to them are words of the new reality found in His victory – “Peace be with you!”

May you know, live, and share His resurrected and victorious Peace today – and every day!


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On the Road Again

Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?

Luke 24:32

The resurrection of Jesus brings completion to the prophecies of the Old Testament and clarity to the future awaiting all of us. It helps us focus on the reality of Life beyond this life and that all our fears and uncertainties are temporary.

And all of this happens when Jesus, the resurrected One, opens Scripture – opens Himself – to us through the Holy Spirit!

May we be open to Him as He opens Himself to us – and live accordingly!


From EASTER to ASCENSION – A Sermon Series

Join us for a new sermon series which explores the time between when Jesus rose and when He ascended!

We’ll cover:

  • “On the Road Again” — The Road to Emmaus
  • “Peek-a-Boo!” — Jesus appears to 10 of the disciples on the evening of Resurrection day
  • “Hole-ly Skepticism” — Thomas sees, and believes
  • “Fishers’ Tale” — Jesus appears on the shore and shows the coast of following Him
  • “Go Time!” — Jesus commissions His disciples, including us
  • “Look! Up in the Sky!” — Jesus ascends, but there’s still work to do

We hope you’ll join us!