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Springtime and Resurrection

When I stepped outside this morning I could tell that spring had finally arrived.  The warm muggy atmosphere is a harbinger of the hot summer days that will arrive way too soon to suit me, but it is the cycle that makes me love Oklahoma weather and keeps me excited: planting the spring garden, then the summer activities of fishing and water sports.  Then before you know it, the days are so hot and humid you begin to look forward to the fall temperatures.

I thought about the season and the life that God has given me.  Three of our sons were born within a week of this day: Mickey, March 28, 1970; Daniel, April 4, 1984 and Benjamin, March 27, 1989.  Tomorrow is Daniel’s birthday…and he has taken the week to go rest and reflect with his family.  I hope he has a blessed birthday…he has certainly blessed us, his family.

For now, I am thankful for the season and Resurrection Sunday.  I praise God for His Son and the work He did on the cross for me {us}.  I cannot imagine, nor do I want to imagine what life would be like without Him and His Church!   ‘Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.’ Acts 20:28

People all over the area are missing the single most blessed experience there is in the world.  That is to worship God in the Spirit and Truth: ‘But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.     God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.’

John 4:23-24

Resurrection Sunday is April 16 this year:   To many the ‘Easter’ season is an event that incorporates pagan rites such as Easter bunnies and Easter eggs that portray the idea of resurrection and fertility.  Should we take part in pagan worship as did the Israelites of old?  Knowing it or not they are invoking the fertility gods of old such as Diana of the Ephesians and Ishtar of Babylon! Are God’s people held accountable for celebrating such practices??  Does being ignorant of such activities excuse our being involved in them?  God have mercy on us: Ezekiel 8:6He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.’

If you will take time to read this account in Ezekiel 8:1-18 you will find that our God is a jealous God and He will not allow this pagan worship to continue without His judgment.  God help us to reject the world’s way of worship!

 

And that is the bottom line.

Bro. Wayne