He is Risen…He is Risen Indeed!

By Jim Sukup 

Easter has always been a special day to me. I remember dressing up in suit and tie when I was younger, and once, when I was about 10 years old, even wearing a fedora when I went to church with my family. To me, Easter has always felt like New Year’s Day. A day where you reflect on the past and then leave it behind. A day of new beginnings, a day to make new plans and commitments, a day that makes the future look bright. Why? It has nothing to do with party hats, staying up past midnight, or even wearing a fedora to church. It’s all about Jesus, His death and resurrection and how that impacts my life. What Jesus did gives me the ability to be all that he has created me to be. Each Easter I am reminded that I am loved, I am special to Him and He has a wonderful plan for my life. 

But this Easter was particularly special because of the services at Life Church where some people shared their personal testimonies of miracles. Powerful stories of healings, family restoration and a wife who shared how God brought back life to her husband. Watch them for yourself at http://vimeo.com/40038038. It’s one thing to experience Jesus in our own lives, but it can be even more exciting to see it in the lives of those around us.

Is 2012 going to be a good year… oh yeah!

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,” (Job 19:25 NASB).

"Glory of it All" - Performed Easter 2012

Top 10 Reasons Kevin Ganiere Loves Easter at LifeKids

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By Kevin Ganiere

10 – Seeing all our kids dressed up!
9 – CANDY!
8 – Crazy skits
6 – Black light and Glow in the Dark
4 – Glow Necklaces
3 – LifeKids bringing their friends
2 – A chance to win a HUMONGOUS nine-foot Easter basket filled with CANDY!
1 – Seeing kids give their heart and life to Jesus

You might read my list and think, “Wow, that’s a lot of candy!” You are right. The candy will be flowing. But that is not what Easter is about. We pour a lot of time and energy into making Easter a big deal in LifeKids. Why? Because we know all those kids and families need to know the real meaning of Easter: That God sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Let’s not allow Easter to get lost in the fake grass of our baskets this year. Let’s be intentional to invest and invite people to a place where they will enjoy themselves, but also where they will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

Who do you know that needs to be at Life Church this Easter? Who do you know that needs to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel? Use our easy online invite to ask them. I promise, when they come, we will be ready for them!

Would YOU Recognize Jesus?

By Jim Sukup

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in Luke chapter 24:13-31.  It was the day of the resurrection and two disciples were on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus joined them and walked with them for a period of time but they did not recognize him.

Why were they unable to recognize Jesus?  In Bible commentaries theologians speculate on why, but it’s obvious they are not sure.  Because of my fascination with this portion of scripture, I have run this story through my mind numerous times, adding myself to the story as one of the two disciples. Each time I always come to the same conclusion: I AM SURE I would have CERTAINLY recognized Jesus. Or would I?

The other day I went out for lunch and while walking back to my car a person waved to me. Being the friendly sort that I am, I waved back even though I didn’t really recognize them. Some time later I was talking to someone and realized that the person I was talking to was in fact the person who waved to me in the parking lot.

I actually know this person pretty well, so why didn’t I recognize them when they waved? I’m sure it was because I am used to seeing this person in a certain setting and when this person was out of that setting I did not recognize them.

As I was reading this story during this Easter season I thought of that parking lot incident, and now I’m not so sure that I would have recognized Jesus. In scripture the Lord says he will never leave us or forsake us. He is walking with us every moment of our lives, but many times we expect to see him only in certain settings. How many times has the Lord been with us through difficult times, through happy times, through life on a daily basis and we did not recognize him? As you go through your daily life, stop periodically and see who’s walking with you. 

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