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I love how God works! As my phone rang on Saturday night I wasn’t expecting what I would hear on the other end. It ended up I heard two members of our congregation were killed in a serious car accident. I had no idea what to do? How do I tell the congregation in the morning about this awful tragedy? But again, God works in mysterious ways. As I looked over my sermon again - the Spirit opened my eyes to talk about the hope of the resurrection and the hope it can bring in times of human tragedy. This did not make the news any easier to share on Sunday morning, but it can give us all hope that these two wonderful saints are now seeing the benefits of Christ’s resurrection with heavenly eyes and for us here it allows us to have hope and live resurrected lives! This week read these passages and consider the questions. Let the Spirit guide your heart to the Lord this week.

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            “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin resigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 Romans 5:20-21 NIV








Matthew 27:45-56;Matthew 28:1-10

Psalm 22

 2 Corinthians 5:16-19

Colossians 3:1-17

1 Peter 1:3-12

Ephesians 5:1-14

Acts 1:1-11


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Re-read Sunday’s text. What reading these two passages today stands out to you?
  2. This Psalm echoes the words found in the text in Matthew as we mentioned Sunday. Do you ever feel like David? Do you go back and forth wondering where God is and then remembering his goodness? Write down one of the times this happened to you. What ended up happening in that situation?
  3. Take off the old self and put on the new self- that is the heart of this passage. Makeover shows and videos fill the internet, how is this passage like a makeover show and how is it different?
  4. What is it in your life that you have to put to death? It’s hard to give up things that belong to our earthly nature. But we are image bearers of God, ask God this week that you can better reflect his image.
  5. This passage speaks of the living hope we have in Jesus. The benefits of the resurrection will never perish, spoil or fade. Name a childhood toy that over the years has faded. What made it fade or spoil or perish? Take hope today that the benefits of the resurrection will never do that.
  6. On Sunday we talked about sin and brokeneness piling up to create a barrier between us and God. Yet we learned the cross crushes that barrier. This passage talks about being in darkness and now being in the light. Where are the dark places in our community, our country, our world? How can you bring the light of Christ to those places?
  7. Read today’s passage in preparation for hearing what God is saying to you today. Pray for those involved in the service today.