” The tomb is just as empty today as it was Sunday, so you can be just as full of hope today.” @RickAtchley

Easter Sunday was amazing!!! And while we can’t always live on the mountain top experience, that same power is available everyday. I believe one of the reasons Easter worship is so exhilarating is the sense of being connected to so many people world wide celebrating Jesus’ rising from the dead. A standing room only mentality happens only when something very exciting is going on.

I’m reminded of an old preacher story I heard when I was a young man. The story goes like this:

“The town atheist was not a bad man, he just didn’t believe. He was not interested in church. There was only one church in the area and it was a cold and dead social club, where no decisions were being made.
One day the church building caught on fire, and the whole town ran toward it to help extinguish the flames…including the town atheist!
Someone hollered out: “Hey, this is the first time I’ve ever seen you running to church!” He shouted back, “This is the first time I’ve ever seen the church on fire!”

My prayer is that our lives will be so transformed by the renewing power of the Gospel, that many families will be drawn to see what is going on and will find the Risen Savior.

May all our gatherings be filled with eager hope and celebration of the reality of God’s grace and the empty tomb.


2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!