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Ken Green - March 27, 2016

Walking with Jesus in Easter Joy

The Apostle Paul wrote: If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. There is a powerful truth conveyed by those words, “If only for this life…” If that were all there was, each of us would ultimately be led to despair; there would be no hope, no joy. The challenges, troubles, and times of grief in this life would soon swallow us like the grave. However, the promise of Easter joy, rooted in Jesus’ Resurrection (and all His promises to raise us up!), gives us new life. The Resurrection overwrites the dead data of the grief of this corrupted creation and transforms us with a living, vibrant, and everlasting joy that originates from the very heart of God.

Scripture References: Isaiah 65:17-25

From Series: "Walking with Jesus"

This prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship strikes a resonant chord with those who walk with Jesus: Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Walking with Jesus makes all of life an adventure, and the best part of it is that we get to walk with the One who is the Son of God. Stewardship Emphasis: As a part of our Lenten journey, we also consider in very practical ways how God has set us apart and called us to manage all of life for the sake of the Kingdom. It causes us to reflect: What am I experiencing as I walk with Jesus? And how is He leading me for the sake of the Kingdom of God?

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