New Life Sunday – Easter updates…

Our sermon series “Journey to the Cross” ran into a bit of a snow storm this past Sunday (if you hadn’t noticed). If you haven’t had a chance to see the webcast, we studied from Mark 14:1-11, the story of Jesus at the house of Simon the Leper. Jesus displays “Grace” throughout the entire passage.
 
Leigh-Ann and I were discussing it later in the day and she shared that Judas was the opposite. Maybe what put him over the edge and drove him to seek out the Jewish leaders in order to betray Jesus was the act of love by Mary towards Jesus.
 
It is likely that Judas had questioned the motives of Jesus for a long time, and then when he (the money-guy) saw that Jesus was willing to accept such lavish generosity, Judas was convinced that Jesus was a fake. With this in mind, it makes sense that Judas realized his “history-changing” mistake and went out and killed himself.
 
There is a good chance that this event took place on the Tuesday prior to Easter Sunday which is where we sit today…so my question for the day is, “who in your life needs grace?”
 
This Sunday, we will close out our series with the story of the Resurrection from Matthew 28:1-18…”How to change the world with love.” I challenge you to think of at least 3 people you can invite to join you this Sunday.
 
I also want to invite you to “adopt and Easter Lilly.” We have found them for $8 from Hyvee and so if you would be willing to purchase a Lilly, just reply to let me know and we will have it/them set up as a decoration at church on Sunday. After service, you can take it with you to enjoy for days to come. Please let me know how many you would like and then drop an extra $8/per Lilly in the offering box at the back of the auditorium.
 
Finally, please join me in prayer for God to use our service together on Sunday for His glory and the growth of His Kingdom. If you have any specific requests, please let me know and I will make sure they get included for our prayer meeting tomorrow at 7:00pm.
 
He is Risen!
Troy

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