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Happy Easter! Rise Up!

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Christians have cause for celebration today! The world may be celebrating the Easter Bunny, but for those of us who know Jesus, we celebrate His resurrection!

Two thousand years ago, a man laid His life down for you. Do you know Him? If you do not, I would love to introduce you to Him! He will change your life in ways you can never imagine!

People of The Lord Rise up!

This is a celebration
We’re calling out to every nation
To spread the word that Jesus is alive!
We’re people of His kingdom,
His resurrection is our freedom
For every heart, every tongue, and every tribe

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More than 2,000 people from Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, gathered at Discovery Green in the heart of Houston to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of Dance Your Shoes Off! was to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a powerful and celebratory way. Most importantly, each participant left a new pair of shoes on the field for those in need. These shoes will be given to local mission agencies, including Star of Hope, individuals all across the world through our mission partners and mission trips.

The Temptation To Secularize Easter

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There will be lots of chocolate, candy, eggs, ham, turkey, and other festive and delicious treats partaken of on Easter Sunday. Children all across the world will attend church services showcasing their flattering dresses and spiffy suits. Parents will sit proudly in church pews and watch their children recite a poem or portray a role in a skit. This indeed fits the description of a traditional Easter service.

There is nothing wrong per se in enjoying these activities, if we keep the meaning of this sacred holiday in perspective. Easter is the holy remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The old, but untarnished story of Christ’s death on Calvary’s hill still resonates among Christians today. The stripes that were whipped upon his back and the painful beatings that Christ endured is the message of love that brings hope and rest to today’s weary soul. The scriptures in the Holy Bible declare in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but but have eternal life.” (NLT). There is much joy in this beautiful reminder that Christ died for our imperfections so that we may, wholeheartedly and abundantly, live with purpose.

It was with Christ’s death, that his critics and antagonists celebrated prematurely in their naive belief that the King of Kings was defeated in death. It was to their surprise and to the joy of many others that Christ rose from the grave three days later. His resurrection is what makes the Easter story so compelling, unique and matchless. Death could not defeat him. The grave could not hold him. He rose with power and with a stern and electrifying message that he was still God, in despite of the circumstances that had surrounded him.

This the real message of Easter. It is tempting to secularize Easter into making it about marketing, commercialism and festivities. The real challenge is to remind our fellow brother and sister of the power of God’s love. It is essential that the members of the Christian community be ambassadors of Christ. This consists of telling those who feel hopeless, depressed and battered down by the pressures of life that there is a Savior who died for their iniquities and wishes to heal and make them whole.

There is a temptation to make this holy and sacred holiday secular. There is the temptation to focus solely on easter egg hunts and shopping and neglect to reflect on the life of Christ. We must remember that the mainstream and secular philosophy of this society will never replace the timeless truth of the real Easter story.

This Easter, I will partake of a hearty meal and all the other traditions, but I will never replace those with the true meaning of Easter–Jesus Christ. If we secularize Easter, we are in danger of replacing the story of Christ with our own vanity.

Governor Scott’s Easter Message for Florida

                                                                          Statement from Governor Rick Scott

                                                                           Regarding the Easter Holiday

            “This Sunday, my family and I will join Christians throughout the state of Florida in celebrating the Easter holiday. This is a joyous time to share in all the miracles of life and enjoy the blessings of family and friends. The Easter holiday celebrates our salvation and commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

            “A sense of hope and new beginnings can be felt across the state as we begin to get Florida back to work. However, it is important that we remember those still struggling and lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.

            “Many of our military men and women are away from their families this holiday as they fight to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. I encourage you to join me in praying for their safety and comfort for their families.

“To all Floridians celebrating this holiday, I offer best wishes for a Happy Easter from both my family and Lt. Governor Carroll’s family.”