new life – the message and the evidence

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Maul-Hall this week, as springtime burst out

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” – Luke 24:1-5

DSC_0520Early this morning Scout and I enjoyed walking in 45-degree temperatures with clear skies. It’s going to be sunny all day, and this afternoon we expect a high pushing 70. All around the house, trees and shrubs are bursting out in color. Fresh, vibrant greens; rich lavenders; pure whites; soft blues; stunning reds. We see more leaves every day – you can note the progression from morning to evening – literally scores of varieties of every imaginable hue.

After breakfast, I’ll likely find an excuse to give Scout an extra walk. When I get back I think I’ll abandon my study in favor of writing on the deck.

There is an insistent voice to springtime, as all creation picks up the echo of Easter morning. “Get up!” “Get moving!” “Join with God in the continual re-creation of this world!” Live into your salvation!”

IMG_1218THE MESSAGE: Sunday morning Rebekah shared the Easter story with crowds of people by speaking on, “The 8th Day of Creation.” She made a series of brilliant points leading up to the exciting truth that God is still in the creation and re-creation business. When Jesus defeated death, God ushered in something  brand new, something we can not only appreciate, but participate in!

If you’d like to hear Rebekah’s Easter message, click here – “The 8th Day of Creation.” The recording is exactly 18 minutes, and I don’t think you’ll hear a more inspirational message this week.

 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

In fact, sitting here at my desk on an inspirationally beautiful Wednesday morning, I have to say that this new creation is something we absolutely must participate in! New life! Abundant life! Bountiful, overflowing, plentiful, generous!

Monday’s post featured “Images of Resurrection” at our church. This time I’d like to share more evidences of resurrection, right here in my neighborhood.

Enjoy – DEREK

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