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Posts from April 2016

on Power

I am God, and also henceforth I am God; there is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it? —Isaiah 43: 13 alt. God, we have a warped view of your power. We believe power is only about strength. We hope that power is used against our enemies.…

Throw Your Net On The Other Side

John 21:1-14 Two weeks ago we celebrated Easter. A highlight of the year. Our church benches were filled with people. For a moment we all felt the wonderful joy of new life. But unfortunately for most of us this feeling has already gone, replaced by our everyday tasks and worries. The minute we don’t pay…

How Are We To Respond

Lord, how are we to respond to this day? When tombs do not stay sealed; when dead and immobile bodies walk into the daylight; and people who were gone are alive again; anything is possible. We have no frame of reference for this – no logical explanation to make resurrection a normal everyday occurrence And…

Living Out of the Tomb

“Living Out of the Tomb” April 1, 2016 Nicole Childress Ball, Church Relations Officer (Union Presbyterian Seminary) I had the distinct pleasure of resting in a comfortable pew at First Presbyterian Church, Richmond to hear our Seminary President, Dr. Brian K. Blount, preach an inspiring Easter sermon! I encourage you to take a listen here if…

Easter God, Easter People

Lord God of life, on this morning of mornings, we come in awe before you. Everything we assumed was true has been shattered by what the women finding the empty tomb. – the dead are not really gone only to remain dead, – Forgiveness really does prove to be more powerful than vengeance. You came…