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April 20, 2014


We are a group of believers who simply try to follow the Bible as a guide for all we do. Everything done in our worship service is something for which we have a Bible basis. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you wish. We will sing hymns together and we will observe the Lord's Supper or Communion together. We will also have an opportunity to give to the work of God in this area. This collection is for the members here, and if you are visiting you should not feel and pressure to give. Our lesson time will be divided into two groups. The young children will go to our classroom area in the basement where they will be taught the Bible at a level they can understand. The adults will stay in the auditorium for a lesson at an adult level. We do try to serve the community, and if you have some needs that we can help you with, mention it to one of the members. Thank you for worshipping with us.


THANKS: Our thanks to everyone who helped in the highway clean up Saturday. Showing the community we care and being a part of serving the people of this area is important, and we appreciate everyone who helped do the work and for Richard Hoyt who has managed this work.

NEW CLASS: Our Wednesday night class is starting a new study. For the next several months we will be studying the miracles of Christ. Did they have a purpose? Were they really miracles? Were they just random acts of compassion by Christ, or was there a plan and a purpose behind each miracle? In today's world of all kinds of claims about miracles and miracle workers, this is an important study. Come and be a part of the class meeting at 7:15 each Wednesday.

CHRIS LANG'S FAMILY SAYS HELLO: The Marcussens and Claytons were at a workshop at Ohio Valley University April 6 – 9 and spent time with Chris, his wife, and kids. Chris is an important part of the work at OVU, and very active in the work of the Lord there. They have a very cute new baby and all seem to be doing well. They say hello to their family and to the church here.



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John Clayton

A. The world Christian community considers it basic.
1. Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
2. Preceded by Lent — 40 days of fasting, prayer
3. Maundy Thursday — celebrates last supper — John 13
4. Good Friday — Reminds us of the death of Christ
B. Established by Council of Nicaea in 325
1. First Sunday after full moon following equinox
2. Many cultural practices have evolved.
C. The word “Easter” is from “Eostre” an Anglo Saxon goddess. It is not a Bible word.
A. Word here is Pascha (Passover) — Exodus 23
1. Passover Lamb, unleavened bread
2. 1 Corinthians 5:6 – 8 — Christ is our “Passover Lamb.”
3. Luke 22:7 – 20 — The Lord's Supper established
B. We celebrate “Easter” every Sunday — 1 Corinthians 11:25.
C. Having a special annual celebration is what today is
1. Romans 14 — Special celebrations are not wrong.
2. Gives the Jewish connection to the Bible's message.
A. John 1:1–14; Colossians 1:15 – 23 — Jesus was divine.
B. Only Jesus rose from the dead — Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:25 – 26.
1. 2 Timothy 1:10 — Christ destroyed death.
2. Not seen in any other religious system.
A. 1 Corinthians 15:14 – 22
1. For atheists, death is the ultimate tragedy.
2. Reincarnation offers no real hope.
B. Old age reminds us there is no future in this body.
C. The resurrection means something better is coming.
1. Revelation 21:1– 5
D. Do you have hope?
1. Easter is a time of rebirth — have you been reborn?
2. Acts 2:38; Romans 6 — we have a choice.
a. Be reborn or stay in this body — giving up hope
E. Revelation 22:12 –17



In studying for today's lesson, I was amazed at the Easter customs that have evolved around the world. Some are beautiful, some are funny, and some remind us of how easy it is to stray from the real meaning the Bible has for an event, and how mankind can contaminate that meaning.

In Greece, for example, flags are hung at half mast on Good Friday. On Holy Saturday the Eternal Flame is brought to Greece by military jet and distributed to waiting priests who carry it to their congregations. A midnight service is held called “The Service of the Resurrection” with all participants holding a white unlit candle. At midnight all the lights are extinguished except the Eternal Flame which is burning on the alter. At midnight the priest calls out “Christos Anesti” meaning Christ is risen and the flame is passed from person to person until all the candles are lit and great joy and celebration take place including fireworks and noisemakers.

On the Isle of Patmos a special ceremony of “The Washing of the Feet” is held on Thursday. On the Isle of Corfu the body of a patron Saint named Spyridon is carried around to perform miracles, and on Saturday ceramic pots are thrown out of people's windows to throw away evil. On the Isle of Crete a doll is made of old clothes from each house and burned symbolizing the burning of Judas. In Leonidio in Peloponnese on the night of the resurrection ot hair balloons are released by churches symbolizing the freeing of man from the sins of the world. This is just a sample, and Greece has an official information site available called “Easter Celebrations Around Greece.”

In some places such celebrations degrade into sinful activities, but in many places people have their faith recharged once a year by the special emphasis on Jesus and what he did for mankind. One purpose of our worshipping together each Sunday is to do the same and to grow and learn. We urge you to join us.

— John Clayton