Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Truth of Our Hope

"But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!" - 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57 (The Message translation)

Here friends is the glorious hope and promise of our faith - Christ Jesus defeated sin, death and hell on the cross and through His resurrection. 
For all time. 
For all of us. 
For you.

Had a bad week? 
Life getting you down?
Are your circumstances too much to bear these days? 

Lift your eyes Christian! 
You have victory over your circumstances through the One who loved you enough to die for you. 
Your hope is alive and triumphant!

"O death, where is your sting?  
O hell, where is your victory? 
O church, come stand in the light. 

Our God is not dead, He's alive, He's alive!"

Have a hope filled Sunday friends! 
With a Courageous Heart, 

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