April Fool’s Easter

detail from Orthodox art depicting the Resurrection
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April Fool’s Day is a natural fit for Easter. The breathless report of the women seems like the setup for an April Fool’s prank. The joke would have been on the disciples, if Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead. But what if Christians are right, and Jesus did rise? What then? Pastor Luke teaches from John 20:1–18 in “April Fool’s Easter.”

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Fitness — Signs of Life, Part 4

Weights [5/52]

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Membership in a church is different from membership in a health club. But they are similar in one way: people go to them because they want to make some changes in their life. Health clubs use treadmills, weights, universal machines, and so forth. What are the tools are available to help people develop as Christians? Pastor Luke teaches from Colossians 3:1–17 in “Fitness,” part 4 of his 6-part series “Signs of Life.” Continue reading “Fitness — Signs of Life, Part 4”

New Creation — News Not Advice — Part 5

Stormy seas in Sagittarius
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The best part of the good news about Jesus is that he rose from the dead. That means we can go to heaven when we die. But it means so much more: it means that heaven comes to us, and comes not when we die, but right now. It means we are God’s new creation. Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2 in “New Creation,” the concluding message in his series “News, Not Advice.” Continue reading “New Creation — News Not Advice — Part 5”

After Infancy, What?

What is the purpose of the church? Why is there a church, anyway? For that matter, isn’t Christianity just about the relationship between a believer and Jesus? Not according to the apostle Peter, and Peter spent more time with Jesus than probably anybody except Jesus’ mother. Then what is the church about? Pastor Luke preaches from 1 Peter 1–2 in “After Infancy, What?,” the first message in a new series “House of God.”

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