Randy’s Weekly Reads! (4/3/15)

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I hope you’re looking forward to this weekend as we celebrate Easter. Each year at this time I’m reminded of the love that was demonstrated on that Good Friday in the midst of the justice that was demanded for our sins, and also the victory that was achieved by the power of the resurrection three days later!

If I can, allow me to encourage you to never forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave now resides in you, as a believer in Christ (Rom. 8:11). May we always remember we are never powerless nor alone as we journey through life!

Here’s a few of my weekly readings that I found interesting and helpful. I hope you enjoy them too!

4 Reasons to Believe in an Empty Tomb

I appreciated this article by scholar Paul Rezkalla about the evidence and the logic for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 One Key Reason Churches Do Not Exceed 350.

A good, informative article by church expert Thom Ranier. Along with sharing a key reason most churches don’t grow past 350 in attendance, he also reminds us that 90% of Americans who attend church typically are members of a church with 350 in attendance or less.

Lastly, a great reminder from Justin Taylor, blogger and senior vice president of Crossway Books, quoting from Tim Keller’s book Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God:

“The only time in all the gospels that Jesus Christ prays to God and doesn’t call him Father is on the cross, when he says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus lost his relationship with the Father so that we could have a relationship with God as father.

Jesus was forgotten so that we could be remembered forever—from everlasting to everlasting. Jesus Christ bore all the eternal punishment that our sins deserve.

That is the cost of prayer. Jesus paid the price so God could be our father.”

Amen! May you have a blessed Easter!

RA

Author: Randy Allison

I am a teacher and pastor, driven to understand more about faith and how to live that faith in twenty-first century America.

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