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Upcoming Events
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
Just a Hint

Just a Hint

Acts 4:10 – “Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead – by Him this man is standing before you well.”

He was in an absolutely hopeless situation.  He couldn’t walk and because of that he couldn’t work, so everyday he had to resort to the same thing, begging and asking for help.  Day in and day out always dependent on someone to help him.  On the best days it was monotonous and on the other days it was just simply hopeless.  Nothing was ever going to change, I’m sure he thought, this is my life.

Until one day, when he asked two men for help.  He asked them for silver and gold, and of course they replied “we have none.”  But then something different happened, something broke the monotony, “we may not have silver and gold but what we do have we give to you, so in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”  And just like that he rose up and began to run.  The monotony was broken, the hopelessness was gone, every thing was different.

News quickly spread about what had happened and Peter and John, the two men who had helped the lame man, had a crowd forming around them.  What did they do? They preached Jesus.  They were soon arrested (presumably for causing a disturbance), and when they went to trial, their defense was again Jesus.  In fact they said to the people, the reason this man is standing before you today healed is because of Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified but is now alive.  The risen Jesus is the one who healed Him.  For that man that day changed everything, but that is what the resurrection always does.  The resurrection changes everything. 

We certainly see that in Peter’s speech, “this man is healed because of the resurrected Jesus Christ.” What Peter was saying was this man is now truly healed because Jesus is truly alive.  The resurrection changes everything.  It gave that man hope and life and joy.  It took away his monotony and it broke His hopelessness.

It does ours as well.  It gives us hope and peace.  It gives us transformation.  Because Jesus is alive we now live with the assurance that He is with us.  Because Jesus is alive we live with the hope of present day healing.  Because Jesus is alive we know that one day we will be resurrected and that we will live eternally.  Because He is alive we will live as well.

This man was healed because of the resurrected Jesus.  And in his healing we get a glimpse, a hint if you will of something even more beautiful and amazing.  This man who was healed one day got sick again, and one day he died.  His healing was life changing but it was temporary.  Because of the resurrected Jesus however there is coming a day far more beautiful than even a physical healing.  It is a day of full and total restoration.  Because Jesus lives, we will live as well, and we will live totally and completely healed.  Healed from all of the effects of sin, never to have to experience it again.  We will be fully restored, and unlike the man who was healed in Acts 3, we will never experience sickness again.  Because He lives, we can live as well.  The resurrected Jesus healed a man physically in Acts 3, and in that healing we see a glimpse of something even greater that will be ours as children of God, a full and complete healing and restoration.  The resurrection of Jesus truly does change everything.