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Sunday Message for 21 April 2019 (Easter): “Spiritual Life”

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

God lives within each of us, a positive spiritual force waiting to be activated as we embrace the transforming presence of the Almighty. Jesus’ flesh and blood have long since left earth yet the compassionate principles he demonstrated remain the gold standard for spiritual health.

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 spiritual awakening. You are God’s child and you too can gain new life. You needn’t wait until disaster strikes before you seek a spiritual renaissance. Here and now you can embrace the magnificent power of the moment. Leverage Easter’s energy and transform yourself from death to life through God’s energizing spirit.

God’s presence gives spiritual life to each person desiring it. Humans are spiritual beings choosing to either access or ignore a fulfilled existence. Though humanity’s mortal bodies originate from earth’s elements, physical death is not the end of the road. People die on earth, but God’s Easter example is that true life goes beyond the death of the physical body. In partnership with God you can transcend death’s brief transition. What does Easter do for you?  Do you feel anything special? I hope so because Easter unlocks magnificent potential for spiritual regeneration.

Take this time to gain encouragement over challenging life circumstances. Realize that no matter what happens to you—aging, disease, discouragement—your spirit will remain incorruptible and whole. Your part 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 whole in this manner is no accident, and it isn’t something simply inherited from parents or through rituals. Each human must cultivate attitudes and actions toward a transforming life of spiritual wholeness, Alhough people invariably die in the flesh, God lives in you and through you. You can receive, celebrate and share God’s liberating promises and possibilities. If Jesus can be raised from the dead then God can similarly transform you.

Easter is also a great time to review the church. What is it that we strive to accomplish as we gather in church? We as 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 our church healthy requires commitment beyond a casual nod of pew-sitting heads. We must strive and yearn together, forging a bright future if we want a thriving church.

We serve a risen Lord who is with us in every struggle. Please, pray that God will continue to open hearts and minds to the tasks that lay ahead. As God’s spiritual children, we are heirs to the same victory over death that Jesus experienced. We must not withdraw into obscurity, turn-away, or permit apathy to destroy us. We mustn’t allow anything to devour our vital, awakened spirits. God’s love has set us free to achieve a life of holistic wellbeing (health in body, mind & spirit). Now, the joyful challenge is to share this fantastic news with the world. Let us proclaim “Hallelujah!” as we celebrate life every day, every way.  –Reverend Larry Hoxey

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