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Preparing for Easter at Hollywood Community Church

This weekend, we  remember and celebrate the fact that our Lord is alive.  That truth is the foundation of the Christian faith.  Theologian Gerald O’Collins said it this way:  “In a profound sense, Christianity without the resurrection is not simply Christianity without its final chapter.  It is not Christianity at all.”   Theologian Brian Burkholder would say it a different way, “Christianity without the resurrection is like apple pie without the apples.  It’s like Raisin Bran without the raisins.  Why, it is like black beans without the rice.”   

You get the idea.  The resurrection of Christ is vital to everything that we believe.  Jesus Himself stated in John 11:25. “… I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”   What a tremendous thought.  Because Jesus rose from the dead, we do not have to fear death.  As Paul says in I Corinthians 15, death has lost its sting.  We are now completely victorious in Jesus Christ.
Let me remind you that there are three tremendous opportunities to worship at HCC this Easter weekend.
Good Friday
Communion Service – 12:00 pm
Easter Sunday
Encuentro – 9:00 am
Easter Celebration – 10:00 am
Let me challenge you to do the following things in preparation for this glorious weekend…
1. Plan on attending both Friday and Sunday – The Good Friday service will be powerful, contemplative and worshipful.  You will be given a unique opportunity to take the Lord’s supper in an initmate and memorable way with your family.
2. Fast and pray –  Fasting is not a way to manipulate God to do something. It is not our trying to prove to God how much we love Him, as if He would be motivated by our commitment. Fasting simply reminds us of our complete dependence on God. In the same way that our bodies hunger and thirst for food and drink, our souls long for God. Fasting gives us an opportunity to focus on that hunger and thirst, then to seek after the presence of God that satisfies us and fills us with joy.

I want to challenge our church family to take either a lunch hour or dinner time to fast and pray. Use the time to pray for revival in yourself and your family, in our church, in our city, and beyond.   Pray that God’s Word would convict hearts and show them their need of Jesus Christ. 

3. Invite a guest – 96% of South Florida is unchurched.  Yet, many of those unchurched people will be looking for a place to worship this weekend. Let me encourage you to invite your family, friends and neighbors.  Who knows? They just might accept your invitation, come to church and give their life to Christ!

4. Come expecting a blessing!  Come with a sense of anticipation, expecting God to do something in your heart and in the lives of others.

 

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
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