Useless Faith

It all stands or falls on this. There’s no middle ground. Jesus’ life isn’t simply an object lesson on living well.

The faith of many millions over centuries hinges on the resurrection that Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday (and throughout the year). If that one moment in history didn’t happen then our faith is a complete farce.

In a letter that he wrote to the church at Corinth a couple of thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul claims that if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then the whole Christian faith is useless and all the world’s Christians are poor suckers who should be pitied.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. – 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Paul’s saying that the idea of Jesus being a good teacher who said some interesting things isn’t an option. He’s telling us that the whole Christian belief rests on the crucifixion and resurrection being historical fact.

For many, that’s too much of a stretch to believe. How can it be true that someone could be brutally killed yet return to life three days later?

But imagine for a moment that it is true. That would mean that death doesn’t have to be the end because it has been beaten at its own game.

We’ve all been inspired by the lives of others, even knowing that they have died or will at some stage die. Once they’re gone the story of their life, their trials and triumphs continue to influence and motivate us. Surely the story of someone who even triumphed over death itself should give rise to even greater admiration and inspiration … but of course only if the story of them defeating death is true.

When we look at the evidence, the truth of the resurrection emerges very clearly as the best explanation. There is no other theory that even come close to accounting for the evidence. Therefore, there is solid historical grounds for the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. – Matt Perman

In his article, Historical Evidence for the Resurrection, Matt Perman takes a brief look at some of the reasons that many people over the past two thousand years have believed that Jesus rising from the dead isn’t just a nice story, it’s fact.

I don’t have time for a useless faith.

I’m not prepared to believe fairy tales and so while many will scoff and think I must be crazy, I will say that I believe that death has lost its sting because God raised his son Jesus from the dead.

That’s what I’ll be celebrating today and for all eternity.

I pray that you’ll take time to consider the significance of the Easter story this Resurrection Sunday.

The good news is that God, out of His love, became man in Jesus Christ in order to pay the penalty for sinners. On the cross, Jesus died in the place of those who would come to believe in Him. He took upon Himself the very death that we deserve. The apostle Paul says “He was delivered up because of our sins.” But the apostle Paul goes on to say “He was raised to life because of our justification.” Paul is saying that Christ’s resurrection proves that His mission to conquer sin was successful. His resurrection proves that He is a Savior who is not only willing, but also able, to deliver us from the wrath of God that is coming on the day of judgment. The forgiveness that Jesus died and rose to provide is given to those who trust in Him for salvation and a happy future. – Matt Perman

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Stepping Back in Time

Old-Postcards

Minnesota woman Amanda Reddy bought herself a trip back in time recently when she purchased a home built in 1910. When she started renovating the kitchen she spotted something unusual and decided to take a closer look.

“When I first pulled off the baseboard I thought, ‘ewwww…someone’s nasty stuff is back here,’” Amanda Reddy told TheBlaze in an email.

Then, she started pulling out post cards dating back to 1907 and 1909 along with a few other possessions.

“It felt like I had discovered a time capsule,” Reddy, who purchased the south Minneapolis home in Dec. 2013, said.

The cards were addressed to a woman named Mayme Berneck. – The Blaze

I’d love to stumble upon some history like that but I’ve never lived in a home that old.

I’m wondering if you’ve ever found anything left behind in a home you’ve owned. Maybe nothing as old as 100 year old postcards but something of interest.

Have you ever left anything behind when you’ve moved? Something under floorboards in behind a wall? What about some kind of time capsule? have you ever put a few bits and pieces into a container to bury or hide?

What legacy are you laying down now that will live on well after you’re gone?

I’d love to hear your stories.

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I’m a Thrill Seeker

chefs

Sometimes I like to flirt with death. I do this by throwing a verbal grenade into conversations with certain women. I don’t do it often but when I do, it certainly creates some interesting results.

Now and then I find myself in a conversation with a group of women. Occasionally during those conversations the topic of food and cooking comes up. It’s about that time that I usually lob in a comment like, “Cooking is a woman’s job. Men don’t belong in the kitchen.”

Nuclear Threat

You probably wouldn’t be all that surprised to find that comments like that create a reaction not dissimilar to starting the launch sequence on a nuclear weapon. It takes some very quick action to bring the situation back from DEFCON ONE.

That’s when I smile and mention that I previously worked in a very large kitchen. I spent four years as an apprentice chef then left the industry after qualifying. I still do most of the cooking at home. I’m not brilliant at cooking but I know my way around a kitchen.

A Lifetime Ago

I was thinking today that it’s been more than 30 years since I finished my apprenticeship. More than 30 years. That’s a long time. It seems like a lifetime ago. It’s sometimes hard to believe that it was even me who worked in the hospitality industry all those years ago.

Cooking paid the bills and gave me the ticket I needed to leave school at the end of Year 10 but it was never really my passion. I remember other apprentices talking about moving overseas to learn more about cooking. I thought they were crazy but they were just passionate about their profession.

Most of my working life has been spent working in radio. Now there’s a career I can get passionate about.

What Have You Left Behind?

I’m wondering if you’ve changed careers. What made you move from one job to another? Do you still have a dream about a different career? What’s holding you back from following that dream?

Are there other things that you left behind many years ago? A friend, partner, country or faith? Does it feel like forever ago? What are you glad to have left behind and what is there that you think would be good to re-visit?

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What were you doing?

It’s often said that everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when man first walked on the moon. I was two days away from my sixth birthday and in my first year of school but I have absolutely no recollection of the event at the time. I know that many people talk about watching the event live in their classrooms but I don’t think that happened for us.

It was the 20th of July, 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the surface of the moon. On the 25th of August, 2012, Neil Armstrong passed away after complications from heart surgery.

Armstrong underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries. He died on August 25,at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following complications resulting from these cardiovascular procedures. Hours later, President Barack Obama released a statement on Armstrong’s death describing him as “among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time”. According to a statement released by the White House, Obama added that him, along with the Apollo 11 crew, carried the aspirations of the United States’ citizens and that Armstrong had delivered “a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.” Armstrong’s family also released a statement that read “[he was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.” His colleague on the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin, commented that he was “very saddened to learn of the passing. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that Armstrong will be “remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.” – Wiki

Neil Armstrong’s moon walk happened over 43 years ago. Many people don’t remember what they were doing at the time because they hadn’t even stepped foot on the earth at that time. So, do you remember where you were when man first walked on the moon?

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