Death must precede resurrection. After all, Jesus did it, and the rest is history. And in the case of man, this calls for death to certain things. Perhaps you are ready to die to self and rise with Jesus on Easter. If so, you will need to die to these 10 things:
1. The natural tendency to try to save your own soul.
2. The natural tendency to try to work your way into heaven. more >>
In his Easter sermon on Saturday, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California stressed that God sent Jesus to show mercy to everybody, and shared three examples of how that applies to our lives.
Warren, a best-selling author, is delivering Easter sermons for all 57 services offered at 16 campuses, including 10 locations in Southern California, as well as international gatherings in Berlin, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, and South Manila during the weekend.
In his sermon on Saturday, Warren said we need God's mercy when we've messed up, as his first example. more >>
Pontius Pilate is inextricably linked to the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and this Easter New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church is drawing parallels between the ancient political figure and the current presidential election cycle in the hopes of helping congregants learn how to discern godly leadership.
"As Christians we want our faith to inform our politics, not the other way around," said Liquid Church lead pastor Tim Lucas. In a humor-laced message this week dubbed The Politics of Pilate, Lucas defined "Pilate politics" as when leaders cater to special interests first, calling ancient political figure Pontius Pilate the posterchild for failed leadership and a symbol for what not to do as a public official. Lucas highlighted how the Roman governor's "political compromises" altered the course of history.
"Pontius Pilate really is the perfect politician to represent this moment in American history," said Lucas. "He is cynical, he is calculating and he is under pressure from a bloodthirsty base." more >>
What did Jesus mean when He uttered the words "It is finished!" in John 19:30?
The phrase actually translates one word in Greek, tetelestai, from the root teleō, which means "to finish, fulfill."
Significantly, this specific form of the verb, tetelestai, is only found twice in the entire New Testament, both times in John 19. more >>
Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church held its fourth annual "Good Friday in the Park" celebration in Dallas, Texas, ahead of the pastor's Easter message, which will focus on doubt, and how people can overcome their doubts through faith.
"This year, we're going to take a unique look at the resurrection through the perspective of doubt. Let's face it, we all have some doubts. This year, we're going to take a hard look at what causes those doubts and how we can have faith on the other side of them," Andy Boyd, spokesman for Fellowship Church, told The Christian Post.
"Easter is a time when people who haven't been to church give God a shot. It's a time when most people we know are thinking about the things of God. So every year, we make the entire experience new and fresh and relevant," he said, speaking about the Good Friday in the Park communitywide celebration the church held yesterday that featured live music, food trucks, and a sermon by Young. more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina says he would choose to play AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" before his Easter service again, like he did in 2009 in a controversial move, except this time he would make it better.
Noble, who oversees a weekly attendance of 32,000, wrote on his blog this week that his decision to play the popular AC/DC song seven years ago garnered criticism from some of his congregants, but he felt that the ultimate effect of the song was positive.
If he were to do it again, Noble says he would choose to do a "mash-up" of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and another hit, "Hells Bells." more >>