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Evidence for the Resurrection - by Josh McDowell
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can't be discounted.
A student at the University of Uruguay said to me. "Professor McDowell, why can't you refute Christianity?"
"For a very simple reason," I answered. "I am not able to explain away an event in history--the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
How can we explain the empty tomb? Can it possibly be accounted for by any natural cause?
A QUESTION OF HISTORY
After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings--or it is the most remarkable fact of history.
Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven.
From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries.
"When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate."
With an overall Five-star fan rating on Fandango, plus more than a thousand detailed reviews on why people "loved it" or found it an "inspiring challenge," it's clear that this is more than just another movie. The message is an important reminder that we live out our walk with Jesus; live what we truly believe. Whether your extended family is up for Easter, you're looking for a date with your spouse, or a friend or neighbor has some free time, take anybody you can along with you!
"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers" (1 John 3:16 ESV)
Small group bible study is a great opportunity to grow in your faith and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christ! For our current life of bible studies or growth opportunities in your area, contact Pastor Long.
It's a great year to be a Seahawks fan
But what drives them? If you are a Seahawks fan check out this video of some of the players and staff sharing their Christian testimonies... Even if you are not a fan check it out! It's awesome!
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many.
Today is Ash Wednesday (February 18th), the beginning of the Lenten Season. What does that mean? Lent is a 40-day span of time leading up to the commemoration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a time during which we take some special time to consider Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us. Often this season is observed with special mid-week services.
This year at Atonement we are gathering – either in Home Groups or at the church – around the theme Consider the Price Christ Paid, as we walk through the Passion History as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. If you aren’t in a Home Group, gatherings at the church will be Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm, and Thursday, 10:00-11:30am (Senior Bible Study time) starting the 18th.
We encourage all to participate in these special times. We will be singing some of the Lenten hymns, listening to a presentation on a portion of the Passion History, engaging in some thought-filled discussion, then wrapping up with some closing singing and prayer.
I am trusting that the time will be a blessing for all.