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Where do you go in times of crisis like what we all are experiencing right now in America and around the world?  Six weeks ago everything seemed to be going along well;  the economy was great, kids were in school looking forward to graduation and summer vacation, we were planning where we would go this year on vacation, jobs were secure and then suddenly everything stopped ------ something  called Corona Virus or Covid 19 crept into our lives, almost overnight it seemed.   Our "little worlds" started to unravel.  People started getting seriously ill, some died and some are still dying.  Old folks, like me, were told to stay in our homes because we were more susceptible. So, in we went and in we have stayed (5 weeks for me).  We can't even hug our children or our grandchildren. This is a plague we have never experienced before. Maybe a hundred years ago in 1917 our grandparents experienced the Spanish flu, we have heard their stories.  Many died during that time.  Somehow this plague is different; more people in the country, more over crowded conditions, etc.  Now everything is closing, only grocery stores, drugstores and filling stations are open.  

It seems like life as we have always known it has stopped. The word for these days is:  "Stay home" or "wash your hands".  Now authorities are telling us to wear a mask if we have to go out. 

What do we do in a situation like this?  God's answer is in 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from HEAVEN will heal their land."   WOW!  Do you think that God is trying to get our attention?  This is His call for revival, folks!  It is time we, as the Church, start paying attention to what God is trying to tell us and to warn us about.  A principal of scripture is that God always give us grace before judgment so that mankind will wake up, repent and turn back to Him.  Could judgment be on its way?  Something to think about! 

One thing I do know is that we serve a living, grace-giving God.  It is His desire that all would repent and come to Him.  He is the omnipotent (all Powerful) God.  He is in control of this universe, He is the omniscient (all knowing) God and He sees what is ahead.  He is also the omnipresent (always with us) God who has told us that He will never leave us or forsake us, no matter the circumstances.  

However, there is a catch to all this.  You have to trust Him as your personal Savior and have a relationship that is daily and up-to-date.  He loves for us to take the time to get to know Him through His Word and learn to trust Him completely.  So, what do we do in crisis?  Shall we Panic? No!  Should we ask, "why me”?  No!  Should we walk away and blame God? No!  When our world falls apart we should run to Him in prayer and total trust, knowing that His promises are true and that Romans 8:28-29 is just as relevant as the day Paul wrote it.  "And we know that all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son."  God uses trials in our life to grow us up in the Lord, to teach us how to really trust Him, to make our response more like Jesus. As we go through this pandemic keep looking to the Lord, trusting how very much He loves you and knows what is best for each one of us.  Remember--we are not in charge--He is. By His grace He will bring us through.   

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I was asked to write an “Easter blog,” but I think at this time we should reflect on the “Hope that is within us!”  I’m asking you to read Paul’s “blog” with me.  I only added emphasis and he makes it so much clearer than I ever could.  Please read slowly and absorb his words.  Be encouraged!  We Have Hope!!

1 Corinthians 15: The Resurrection                             [NLT]

The Resurrection of Christ:

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. 

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.  After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.  Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.  For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.  But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.  So, it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?  For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.  And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still guilty of your sins.  In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!  And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

So, you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.  Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.  But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.

After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.  For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.  And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says, “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.)  Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.  If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?   And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.  And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”  Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”  Think carefully about what is right; and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

The Resurrection Body:

But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?”  What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting.  Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed.  

Similarly, there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.  There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies.  The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory. 

It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.  Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.  The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.  What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven.  Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.   Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. 

What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.  But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!   It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.  For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.  Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

Romans 10:9:If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Luke 21:28:So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!

This is God’s Message to us this Easter season!

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