of my favorite hymns is ďBecause He LivesĒ The song contains many reasons
why we can draw on the fact that Christ is alive to encourage us, strengthen
us and enable us to live. This life is not just any life but the abundant
life that Christ offers us in His Word. Are you rejoicing this Easter
because Christ lives? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Luke 24:1-8, On the first day of the week, very
early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went
to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they
entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were
wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like
lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their
faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the
living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told
you, while he was still with you in Galilee : `The Son of Man must be
delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be
raised again.' " Then they remembered his words.
Why do we look for the living among the dead? A
good question; why do we continue to search for the meaning of life among
things of the world that will lead us to death? We all want to live life to
the fullest. We all want everything life has to offer. We all want. Listen
to what David wrote in Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.
Is Jesus Enough? Is He everything you need? Can He provide everything we
Let me ask the question, are you living or surviving? Most people I know
are just trying to get by. They are just trying to make ends meet. They work
from one paycheck to the next hoping that nothing happens that will upset
the delicate balance of their lives.
We know that is false hope. We know that life is full of circumstances
that can put us into a tailspin at a moments notice. What we fail to realize
is that we have made the choices that put us in those circumstances. We are
the ones that guide and direct the things we do. We are responsible.
It doesnít have to be that way. God provided guidance for us. God
promised to care for us and provide for us. God gave us a free will to
choose. We decide and God honors our decision. Which way should we choose?
Which way leads to the best life? Which way leads to life everlasting?
Letís explore that a little. Who should know best how to live the best
life possible? God; who is the creator of life. When our car is broke, we
donít bring it to our lawyer. When our taxes need to be done, we donít bring
them to our mechanic. When we want to live an abundant life, we need to go
to the source, God. He alone can provide what we need. He alone will guide
us in the right direction. He alone cares enough to give His life for us.
Ask yourself, what am I willing to die for? Remember Christ was willing
to die for you. However, he not only died for you but he rose again,
victorious over death. He offers us forgiveness and life everlasting and He
demonstrated to us that He has control over those things.
What one thing do we fear the most? Death. We fear not being here
anymore. We fear our loved ones not being here with us. Christ offers
victory over death. He is ALIVE!
As you celebrate Easter this week, think about Godís love for you. He
loved you so much that He sent His son who gave His life for you, not to
condemn you but to save you. You will find that promise in Johnís Gospel,
chapter three, verse 16-17. Check it out.
Truly celebrate this Easter with a new life, one provided for you by
Jesus and His death and resurrection. I leave you with these words from the
Hymn ďBecause He livesĒ God Bless.
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.
~ William and Gloria Gaither ~
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
SCORES A TRIFECTA AT WATERFORD - As the sun shone brightly over the
Waterford Speedbowl this past weekend it also shone brightly for one local
driver. Keith Rocco won every race he entered on Blast-off weekend. He took
home the victory in the Late Model, SK Mods and The Valenti Modified Racing
Series. What a weekend!
NEMA SEES A CHANGING OF THE GUARD - Racing is a family sport and
NEMA showed that this weekend. Three longtime familiar faces were absent
from the driverís seat, Joey Payne, Greg Stoher and Russ Stoher. They were
replaced by the next generation, Anthony Payne, Bethany Stoher and Avery
Avery faired the best of the three coming home with the victory in the
NEMA Midget portion of Blast-Off weekend.
LEE USE OPENS WITH ACT GOVERNORíS CUP - Under sun drenched skies
and mild temperatures Lee USA got their season underway. Contesting the New
Hampshire Governorís Cup 150 on the 3/8 mile circuit know for side by side
racing was a great way to get the season off to a rousing start.
Eddie MacDonald discovered the ninth time is the charm as he came home
with the victory, his first ever in nine tries. Eddieís family runs Lee USA
Speedway and I am sure the Victory Lane celebration was a family affair!
Congrats to Eddie, Rollie, Rob Grimm and the entire crew for a hard fought
Eddie seems to have victory in his veins this year, winning at Bristol in
the K&N Pro Series and now a victory in the ACT, watch out this could be one
of those career seasons.
LIFTING EACH OTHER UP - Former NEMA Driver, Greg Stoher, needs
our prayers. I say former but it hasnít been that long since Greg drove his
last race. He found out last week that his neck is weak and any accident or
blunt force could paralyze him. He is scheduled for surgery this week, but
his driving days are over.
To his credit he stepped out of the family car and put the next
generation in the driverís seat, Bethany Stoher. I am not sure what he needs
more prayer for, watching his daughter, lamenting the end of his driving
days, or his upcoming surgery.
With that said, please keep the entire Stoher family in your thoughts and
prayers as they go through some major adjustments.
EASTER WEEKEND - We take this weekend off from racing, well most
of us. I am disappointed to see some tracks not respecting the holiday and
choosing to race. It is not just another day. I feel that is why we have
slipped so far in society, nothing is sacred anymore. That is not how it
should be. We should stop and acknowledge what God has done for us and how
much he cares for us.
If you find yourself without a place to Worship this Easter please feel
free to join us at Mount Carmel Christian Church, 5100 Ridge Road , North
Haven , CT. We will have a Sunrise Service at 8:00 in the pavilion at
Sleeping Giant State Park followed by breakfast at 9:00 at Mt. Carmel and
Worship at 10:00. We will follow worship with an Egg Hunt and games for the
children and those who are young among us. Feel free to come and celebrate
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