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Message for Sunday 12 April 2020 –EASTER!– : “Celebrate Spiritual Life”

God bless you on this wonderful Easter morning, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter emphasizes life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ triumph demonstrates how love and life crush hate and darkness. You’re invited to proclaim and demonstrate this life-giving message.

Easter is a reminder that death is not the final word. Through the power of love, each person who seeks God can migrate from soul-slumber into a spiritual awakening. You are God’s child and you too can gain new life. You needn’t wait until disaster strikes before you desire a spiritual renaissance. Here and now you can embrace the magnificent power of the moment. Leverage Easter’s promise and revitalize yourself from death to life through God’s indwelling spiritual essence.

God’s presence gives spiritual life to each person desiring it. You are a spiritual being choosing to either access or ignore the truth that being made in God’s image means you share with God a core spiritual nature. Though humanity’s mortal bodies originate from earth’s elements, physical death and crumbling into dust is not the final story. People die physically, but God’s Easter example is that life goes beyond death. In partnership with God you can surpass death’s brief transition. Easter unlocks magnificent potential for spiritual regeneration.

Pause and gain encouragement over challenging life circumstances. Realize that no matter what happens to you—aging, disease, discouragement—your spirit remains incorruptible and whole. Your role is to invite God into your life as an active participant. In doing so, you will become a more conscious, intentional person of faith. Living in this manner is no accident. A victorious spiritual life isn’t provided by parents, performed by priests, or recited in religious rituals. Each human can accept the right and responsibility to cultivate a life of spiritual fulfillment.

Easter is also a great time to renew the church. You as a vital part of the church are both obligated and privileged to perform two key tasks: (1) learning and growing to become stronger people of faith (a process called discipleship) and 2) partnering with God to help make new people of faith (a process called outreach). Taken together, these two goals form the acronym “DO,” as in “We can DO it!”

The splendid task of keeping a church healthy requires commitment beyond a casual nod of pew-sitting heads. We must yearn for growth and act together, forging a bright future with a message that is both unified and unifying. You serve a living Lord who is with you in every struggle, including reaching people for whom church and religion have become stale and irrelevant. Pray that God will use you and your life example to open hearts and minds.

God lives within you as a tremendous spiritual force waiting to be activated. Celebrate and unleash God’s power as you embrace the transforming presence of the Almighty. Practice compassion, the gold standard for spiritual health. How can you live up to Jesus’ core message? Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you and demonstrate your love of God in how you love your neighbor as yourself.

Expand your expectations to better receive, celebrate and share God’s liberating promises and possibilities. If Jesus can be raised from the dead then God can similarly transform you. As God’s spiritual child, you are also an heir to the same victory over death that Jesus experienced. Be bold! Claim the victory!

Don’t withdraw into obscurity or permit apathy to immobilize you. Celebrate the fact that God’s love empowers your wellbeing (health in body, mind & spirit). More than ever, now is the time to share God’s revitalizing message with the world. Proclaim “Hallelujah!” as you celebrate life every day, every way.  –Reverend Larry Hoxey

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