Blessed Easter…He has risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”  ~ Matthew 28:1-10

Come, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne.
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one.

2015_04_01 Star Magnolia 1who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 1:4

Easter Sunday at Living Hope

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.  Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service

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Sneering, mocking, insults…and one voice of faith

Paolo_Veronese_010The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

~ Luke 23: 35-43

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The hour has come

Jesus prays in the garden  Matthew 26:39-40They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”

He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

~ Mark 14:32-42

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What’s on your calendar?


Sunday mornings:

  • Sunday School at 9:30 a.m
  • Adults & Teen Bible Studies at 9:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.


  • 18th: Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 19th: Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 21st: Easter Sunday:
    • 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
    • 9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. children’s egg hunt
    • 10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service
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Palm Sunday ~ April 14th

Matthew 21:5-16

“Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ [Zech. 9:9]”

palm-sundayThe disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna [Save!] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[Psalm 118:26] “Hosanna in the highest!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,'[Isaiah 56:7] but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'[Jer. 7:11]”

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ” ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'[Psalm 8:2]?”

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Kingdom Workers

We were blessed this morning to have a representative from Kingdom Workers share with us ways that we can volunteer and support their various projects.  Kingdom Workers is a global, Christian nonprofit that mobilizes believers to meet the physical and spiritual needs of communities around the world. They advance the gospel by partnering with local churches and their communities to discover and overcome their greatest obstacles together. Their work is where meaningful local relationships, gospel proclamation, and Christian welfare meet.  This video is about one of their ongoing outreach programs.


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