March 2015

On Easter around the world Christians gather to worship Jesus, celebrating His Resurrection. Easter is more than bunnies, eggs and candy! But Easter causes us to remember Jesus – who is not dead , but He is alive!

Matt 28:1-9 – After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

 Who is this Jesus that we celebrate?

  •  More than a historical figure
  • Not a philosopher or religious leader but . . .
  • HE IS GOD!
  • He is Lord, He is King, He is Savior, and He is alive!


Certainly to prove his victory over death and seal our redemption for all eternity, but also so that He can be with us – BE WITH YOU! Since He is risen, He is not just a memory, but He is present – He is with us!

Imagine …

  • What would your life be like if Jesus had never been born, crucified and resurrected?
  • What would your life be like?
  • What would this world be like?

But He IS present,  He is our friend, or King, our brother, or God, our savior, or Lord. He comforts, He forgives, He heals, He restores, He makes us new, He is forever with us.

But how can that be?

He is also at the right hand of the Father waiting to return visibly to us to establish the fullness of His Kingdom.  How can he be here and there?

This reminds me of a meeting we had in our home many years ago when our second daughter Elesha who was then about 4 or 5 years old was asked by one of those there “Where is Jesus?” and she answered; “He is in my heart.” Then she was asked (trying to stump her), “How can Jesus be in your heart and also in heaven at the same time?” She quickly answered with childlike faith and confidence: “That’s why I have heaven in my heart”

Because of Jesus, the world is not the same. Just like he has made a difference in your life, he has made a difference to millions around the world. We are now forgiven, restored into fellowship with God, a new creation, no longer bound by this body of flesh, but now we will live with Him forever!

We pray as Paul did: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:10).  That is why we celebrate Easter / His resurrection, every day!

Let us remember and turn our hearts to worship our risen Lord Jesus and experience His heaven in our heart every day.

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Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday and every day.



The Dreaming Revolutionary

I recently had the opportunity to guest lecture at Regent University during their Church Planting Methods and Models class. I put together a PowerPoint of my lecture and thought I might share it with you here.

I posted it up on YouTube, so I have broken up into four parts ten minutes each.


Simple Church Planting – Part One:

Simple Church Planting – Part Two:

Simple Church Planting – Part Three:

Simple Church Planting – Part Four:

Hope these are a blessing to you!

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