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SINCE Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead…


When I was a kid, I heard the gospel and believed it. I didn't fully understand it, but I believed it. I can remember attending our annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at the foot of the hill that hosted the headstones of our little country church's cemetery. The Pastor …

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Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

Amazing Love

I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to let …

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Our First Easter as Grace Hills Church

Easter Egg Hunt

Was awesome. On Saturday, we hosted a community Easter egg hunt at Grace Hill Elementary School. About 75 volunteers, a third of which were teens, came and hid 5,000 eggs and served a hot grilled lunch to about 350 people. The school was gracious enough to allow us to invite all …

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Approaching Easter Sunday As a Pastor


Easter Sunday is special. In spite of the competition from little furry bunnies who deliver colored eggs and sugar-induced hyperactive episodes among children, it's still a holiday that is fairly "religious." That is to say, Jesus still gets a fair amount of attention, possibly …

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I Get To Be a Part of Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church Easter Attendance

Thirteen years ago, I read The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission for the first time. The first chapter contains the story of how Rick and Kay Warren packed up their belongings and headed to a community to which God had called them to plant …

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The Easter Story, As Told by Marshmallow Peeps


You may see this as trite, or you might see it as a really tasty way (pun intended) to share the basic elements of the story of Jesus through imagery familiar to everyone who has ever experienced the awesome goodness of Marshmallow …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure …

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Sunday in Retrospect

Bethel's Sunrise Service

Easter Sunday is always a highlight. Some of my favorite moments were... …

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20 Easter Egg Photos To Inspire You This Holiday

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Jesus’ Finest Hour

If you were given one week to live and you knew the end of your life was just days away, what would you do? How would you spend that time? Jesus did know that his hour was coming. He knew His time was nearing. How did He spend His time? Too much material is devoted to His final …

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