Some Seeds and a Planter

Posted by Stephen

After visiting a friend in northwest Arkansas, I was inspired to begin planting some tomato plants. A few weeks before, I had bought an Upsy Downsy which is a cheap knock-off of the as-seen-on-tv “Topsy Turvy,” but I had been procrastinating putting those seeds to soil.

About two weeks ago, I found time to grow a tomato plant.

I put the seeds in the soil, added water, and put the tray in the sun. Now, I’m no master gardener, but I know I wouldn’t see any sprouting action that day, so I went outside.

One day later: no sprouts.

Three days later: no sprouts.

One week later: no sprouts. Disappointment begins to set in.

Ten days later: no sprouts. Frustration mounts.

Thirteen days later: no sprouts.

Seriously? No green leaves? Not even one? I thought this thing was foolproof: dirt + seed + sun + water = tomato plant.

Then, on day fourteen, today, it happened. Not one sprout, but three!! I am super excited about all the tomatoes I will be eating this summer!

God has been using this as a parable to teach me about ministry and life, but more on that upcoming…

Golden Age Banquet - Day Star

Posted by Stephen

First 7 Words of the Risen Savior

Posted by Perry

JOHN 20:15-29
Last Sun. we looked @ the 7 “last” words from the cross…
Today…the 7 “first” words of the risen Savior.
Explanation of what resurrection has done for us & what it has to offer
7 words from cross – message from God to all the world
7 words of risen Christ – message from God to the church
Resurrection – Miracle of miracles
w/out it…
• no Savior
• no sure Word of God
• no salvation
• no hope beyond the grave
V 15 Woman, why weepest thou?
Note * 1st words to a woman, and a question at that!?!?!?
Ever thot about that????
Symbolic of another question in 1st Garden of a woman when sin was brought into the world...
• ya think Eve was crying?
• Think of the tears through the yrs b/c of sin
• Jesus didn’t take tears away
• He’s the answer for our tears
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
V 16 Mary
Jesus knows His disciples individually
• Thomas a doubting disciple, Jesus still knew him
Jesus knows people in resurrection
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God
• sons – (Grk: as produced) He knows our name
• Moses & Elijah knew each other on Mt. of Transfiguration
Disciples know voice of Jesus
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
• if you don’t hear Jesus'voice, you're headed for trouble
V 17 go to my brethren, and say unto them
Message of the Resurrection
• sin has been paid for
• hope beyond the grave
• great reunion day, someday
• Holy Spirit gives power to deliver it
V 19-21 Peace be unto you
Peace with God
Peace of God…1st words…
• not fault-finding
• not rebuke
Sin takes away peace
• troubled hearts
• troubled consciences
• consequences of sin
• war, fear, troubles
V 21b-23 as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. …Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Call to service & power to serve
• job to be done for the Lord
• reason we’re still here
• doesn’t take us to heaven immediately on conversion
• powerless without Him
• Holy Spirit inside us empowers
• Cross gives the message
• Resurrection gives the power
V 27 Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
NOTE: What U lose by not being faithful in worship services…
V 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
* He was here last Sunday, were You?
V 26 Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas,…
Be not faithless, but believeing
• He met the Lord
• You can meet the Lord also
o By faith
o By prayer
o By God’s word
o By confession of sin
V 29 blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Faith brings blessing
• in time
• in eternity