Easter Week

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It’s Easter week at Highland Oaks. We’re going to wrap up our series on Revelation with a the text from Revelation 21:

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all
things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are
trustworthy and true.” And
he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning
and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of
life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But
as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers,
the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their
portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is
the second death.”

One of the things that still captivates me most about God is that he can make anything new again. If he can make dead things (like bodies) rise from the grave, he can make new anything that we have destroyed. This message is an important one, I think, for these times, when so many people seem to be convinced that the world is getting worse and worse and that hope has moved to another part of the world…or to another planet.

The power of God to renew is more powerful than our ability to destroy. This is something that we are reminded of at Easter. While Satan destroys , God can make new.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Easter Week

  1. I couldn’t agree more–none of us can escape the reality of life’s pain and the need for the voice of faith to speak into that pain. Some of us are better equipped to speak into that pain in our prophetic voice, some of us are better equipped to use our compassionate presence, and some of us do the best we can when we can in the moment with whatever God provides.
    In this case, I’m thankful I’m not called to do that from a pulpit every week. And I’m thankful God has gifted Tim as he has, with public words and thoughts that speak prophetically into our human reality.

  2. Trey, each of us is called to speak into the pain…each of us eyes, ears & hands. I believe that unless we all speak together there is no voice. rtrr

  3. Every week I’m thankful for the role I’m blessed to play in church life. And sometimes, like when I hear thoughts like Barbara Brown Taylor’s, I find myself thankful that I’m not called to speak into that sort of pain week in and week out.
    There are eyes, there are ears, and there are hands, says Paul.