Easter has passed. The Lord has risen. Now what?
It is time for us to respond.
It is time for us to begin to look at things in a different way.
If we want the outer appearances of our lives to be changed we will need our spirit to be changed, to be altered, to be healed and renewed. This I like to call “resurrection thinking.” Thinking that doesn’t dwell on the darkness, the burdens and the heaviness of life, but thinking that calls forth a new faith, a trust and belief in God that turns us in the direction of His wondrous Light. Thinking that even in the dark night of ones soul still knows that darkness is never the final word. A knowing that even though there is the cross, that it was not then – and it is not now – the end of the story. Look at the cross on the wall of our sanctuary. The Christ is not there.
“Resurrection thinking” sees the possibilities of life for in “resurrection thinking” we see that God has indeed renewed within us a steadfast and willing spirit. “Resurrection thinking” changes our conscious awareness so that we may see all things in a new and more powerful light. “Resurrection thinking” changes our awareness of the spirit in, through, around and as us, and when we do that all else in our lives naturally flows.
“Renew a right spirit within me.” A spirit that charters for us a new life. A spirit that removes our blindness, so that we can at last see that our nets are truly full. A spirit that doesn’t stop in defeat along the way, but knows that indeed the Christ taught us that “joy comes in the morning.”
The Christ has risen and all things are made new.
“Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’” (John 21: 4-6)
Affirmation: “In the sanctuary of God’s grace I see all things new”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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