1. The Resurrection: It Happened—The World is Changed
2: The Resurrection: Proof and Meaning
3: The Resurrection is the Voice of the Shepherd
4: The Resurrection Turns Sorrow to Joy
5: The Resurrection Gives the Helper
6: The Resurrection Is the Foundation of Prayer
7: The Resurrection: Strength and Hope in Suffering
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
There is suffering that goes with being a Christian. Your family, your friends, society, even fellow church members will persecute you if you are too into Jesus. If you wish to live according to Biblical standards; if you expect your own family as you raise them, or encourage your own family once they are grown, to live as the Christians they were baptized to be you will suffer. You’ve all told me about those struggles. About not wanting to alienate children. About not pushing too hard. And there is wisdom in not pushing too hard (Ephesians 6:4). But you all know that you’ve also failed to speak when you should have. That you’re kids attitudes, or family members’ attitudes, or friends’ attitudes have effected your attitudes, so that you do not live your faith as you yourself know you should. Repent.