Have the events of your past ever put a stranglehold on your future?
Has someone loaded you with negative comments? ... that you’ll never be successful … that you’ll never amount to anything? Or is your self-esteem so low that you can’t believe what’s good about yourself?
Have you made a mistake that you can’t get over? Something you regret and wish you could get past?
Pastor Rhodes tells us “No matter what you’ve gone through in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered or who or what has tried to thwart your progress, today is a new day, and God wants to do a new thing in your life. He has great things in store for you. Don’t let the past determine your future.”
Are you ready “to haul the net ashore” by investing yourself in a relationship with Jesus?
Why is the message of “peace” so fitting for the disciples as they sit in fear after the crucifixion of Jesus? Why does Jesus repeat this greeting of peace in verse 21? (John 20)
How has the message of Jesus’ resurrection brought peace into your life? Have you had opportunity to help others realize peace in their life because of who Jesus is and what he has done for them?
Pastor Laura talks about the scars of our lives: “Scars often tell stories of our lives. Some of the stories are painful; others are funny. Some are significant, while others, not so much. Some are filled with shame, while others are full of pride. But without exception, every scar is as a visible reminder of wounds we have experienced.
What are the scars that tell the story of your life?
How does the resurrection story help you deal with those scars?
Want to dive a little deeper? Here’s an excellent Bible study that will help you do just that. Included in the study is an inspiring 5 minute video/lesson about the resurrection as told in Luke’s Gospel. You’ll find it to be a great way to kick off this 50-day Season of Easter (That’s right, Easter officially lasts between Easter Sunday and the Day of Pentecost, which this year falls on May 23).