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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

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.
OCT

22

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

Silent

 1 Corinthians 15:17 – “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

It was the day after Jesus was crucified, and all of the disciples and followers of Jesus had to be feeling like life was futile.  All of there hopes and dreams were dashed on Saturday, there hope was gone.  The one who had promised a Kingdom and had promised forgiveness was now gone.  They were still in their hopelessness and in their sins.

It was a day of silence.  There was nothing to say, there was no words.  But not only that God was silent as well.  Who would they turn too, who would they rely on, who would be there for them?  Total absolute silence.  It seemed that God didn’t care.  What were they going to do now?

God had been silent before in the 400 years after the writing of Malachi and the coming of Jesus.  But now to those followers of Jesus He seemed to be personally silent.  Where would they turn? Hope was gone.  Jesus was buried in a tomb with a stone rolled in front.  And as the stone was rolled in place, they felt like life had closed in on them.

We’ve been there before too haven’t we?  Thinking that God was silent, thinking that He didn’t care, thinking that hope was gone.  Feeling like life had closed in on us.  It was the most miserable day for those who were followers of Jesus.  I’m sure all they could think was why? And when they weren’t thinking why, they were probably dealing with the question, what now?  Where would they go, what would they do?  Remember they had left all and followed Jesus and now Jesus was gone, what were they going to do.  Why had this happened? It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Life had fallen a part.  And God was silent.  Why?  Of course they had no idea what God was doing behind the scene.  They had no idea that He really was working “all things together for good.”  All they knew was that God was silent and life seemed hopeless.

In reality however God may have been silent, but He was still working.  On the cross, the most horrific event in history, He had secured their salvation and their freedom.  On the cross He had given them the hope of eternal life.  They didn’t know that at this point, but they soon would.  Life had went from the high of Palm Sunday to the terror of the crucifixion to the hopelessness of the day after and they had no idea what was coming next.  Hopeless? Imprisonment? Death? They had no idea what tomorrow would hold.

God however did! He knew that Sunday was coming.  He knew that Jesus was going to be raised from the dead.  He knew that the next day life was going to change again, and that it would never be the same again.  He knew that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead was going to be working in and through those disciples and followers.  God seemed silent but He wasn’t and He knew what was getting ready to happen.

He may seem silent today, but He’s not.  We may enter into very difficult times but God knows whats coming.  He not only knows but even in the midst of it He is working good and He is walking through those times with us.  All we have to do is trust Him even in the midst of the silence or the difficulty.  Because even when we can’t see Him or hear Him, He’s there.  Even when we think He’s not there, He is.  He is not silent and He is not dead, He is alive and well, and working good in all things.  And once again that is beyond amazing.