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Sunday, 23 April 2017

'FINDING THE GOD WHO IS'

Rev. Brent Russett
By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
http://www.sunnysidechurchottawa.com/   

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Finding the God who is

Good morning. And welcome to good news in the morning. It is the first Sunday of the Easter Season.

 My name is Brent Russett. I am the Senior Pastor at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church. I have been pastoring there for 27 years. One thing that becomes apparent when you have spent that much time in one place is that what you do with Jesus matters. Who you think God is matters.

            This morning we are going to look at, seeing the God who is.


            This morning’s program sponsor is Bruce Newman. He wants to give a shout out to Jericho Road Christian Ministries. Jericho Road is a local registered charity that exists to serve the poor, the addicted and the mental ill. They do an outstanding service for our community. Thanks Bruce for recognizing them.


            Today I want to take you to the first part of John 14. I want to direct your attention to John 14:8. Jesus is with his disciples at the last supper.

I want to direct your attention to Philip`s request in verse 8

John 14:8 (NLT)
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

            What follows from verses 9-21 is Jesus` response to that request.

            Philip’s request in some ways articulates the request of all of humanity.
            It is the request of the agnostic – show us God and we will believe.
            It is the request of the seeker – God, show up, so I can believe.

            It is the request of the new believer, God, I need to see you.

            It is the request of those who are in pain. God show up, I need to know that you are there.

            It is one of the deepest requests of my own heart, and it probably is for many of you as well. Lord, I want to know you. Lord, I want a fresh revelation of who you are. Lord what I  need is your presence in my life. Lord what I need is your wisdom in my life. Lord what I need is for you to show yourself to us.

            For I know that when God shows up that many of the challenges that are going on in our lives, cease to be challenges. If you look throughout scripture, when God revealed his person and his name, he did so in a way that gave them what they needed.

            Here of some of the ways that God revealed himself.
El Shaddai – the Lord Almighty
Adonai – the lord most high
Jehovah – Raah The Lord My Shepherd
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord that heals
Jehovah Shammah The Lord that is there
Jehovah Shalom The Lord is peace

            And the list could go on. But what we know is that when God reveals himself – we have all we need.

            So I am with Philip. Show us the Father.

John 14:8 (NLT)
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Part of the grand adventure of walking with Jesus, is that you being to see more and more of who God is, and you start to see his goodness and his grace, the more you will love him.
           
            If you have ever been there, If you have every wanted God to show up, then you need to hear the words of Jesus today. 

John 14:9–11 (NLT)
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

            Jesus says, it is the last night of my life, and you still don’t quite get it. Ok – one more time from the top.

            If you have seen me you have seen the father. I am in the father and the father is in me. The words I have spoken are the Fathers words. The works I have done are the father’s works.

            The take home point for us is, if you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. If you want to see who God is look at Jesus. For some of you this is really basic. But for others you need to hear this. Some people don’t like the God of the Old Testament but they like Jesus. Jesus is saying, if you like me, you will like the Father. What you see in me, the kindness the compassion, that is what God is like.

            But he also points to a second thing that you are going to need if you are going to have a revelation of who God is. You are going to need faith. He asked Philip, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and Father is in me?”
Then he goes on, if nothing else believe because of the miracles. Here is what you need to know. It is going to take faith for you to see the face God in in the person of Jesus.

            I have a lot of commentary sets on the Bible. Many of these are written by people of faith. Some are written by people of academia but without faith. My conclusion is that study without faith tends to lead people into discussions on the level of “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.” It may be interesting, but not fruitful. Study with faith can lead to a deeper revelation of who God is.

            When you go to the word, go in faith. When you look at the life of Jesus, look in faith. When you do, God will reveal himself to you.
           
            Then Jesus goes on. And as you are reading through this passage and you come upon these verses, it seems like a complete non- sequitur. But it is not. He is still talking about seeing the father. He is still talking about how God reveals himself.

John 14:12–14 (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

            It is like if you believe in me, you have seen who God is, and by the way, if you believe in me – you are going to see your prayers answered and you are going to greater works than me.

            Let me put in a disclaimer. I don’t understand these verses fully. Some of my hyper faith friends say, “it says we can do greater works than Jesus – so we should see the dead raised and the lame walk and the sick healed.” Some of the traditional friends would say, there are no greater works than what Jesus has done – after all he turned water into wine and it doesn’t get any better than that. – So he must mean that the greater works are people coming to the Lord. A soul saved – that is the greater work.

            I am not satisfied with either of those answers. I will tell you this, that the word “you” in these verses are plural. And this answer comes in the context of Philips request to show us the father.

I think he is saying that you church are going to greater works than I have been able to accomplish in my 3 years of ministry here on the earth. You plural are going to see your prayers answered and miracles done. You are going to do the things that I have done and more of them.

            When you see those things happen, that will be a revelation of who God. God will be showing himself through those things.

            Just an observation: While I hear of miracles happening around us I don’t see enough of them

            While I see answers to prayer, I don’t see enough of them. Now when I talk with people from the church in Africa and Asia they report amazing miracles and a lot of them.

In places like that, the spiritual world, of both good and evil, is self-evident. And when they pray they expect the spiritual world to make a difference in our world - and God moves. Here we are so skeptical that I think we prevent God from doing all that he wants to do.

            I believe that God wants to do a lot more than he does, but he is hindered by our skeptic’s stance.

            But the point of the verses here, is that when you do see God answer prayer – that is part of the way that God reveals himself.

I know people say that you should not develop theology from experience. There is danger in doing that for sure. But it is also dangerous to see God do something and not contemplate what God might be saying.

            So God reveals himself in the person of Jesus. God also reveals himself through the supernatural.

MUSIC-  Knowing You Jesus – Graham Kendrick 4:38

Hear the words of Jesus
John 14:15–19 (NLT)
5 “If you love me, obey* my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,* who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.* 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.

            There are so many things that Jesus is saying here. But sticking to the question of how God reveals himself – Jesus says I am going to leave this earth. But I am going to send the Holy Spirit. I am going to come to you through Him. The world will no longer see me, but you will see me

            In other words. We see Jesus through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. In fact
John 14:26 (NLT)
26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

            The Holy Spirit is going to remind you of what I have already taught you and he is going to teach you everything you need to know.

            How is God going to show himself. He is going to do that by the power of the Holy Spirit. How does that happen.

            Lets go back to verse 15.
John 14:15–17 (NLT)
15 “If you love me, obey* my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,* who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.

            He says to his disciples if you love me, do what I have told you to do. The you here, continues to plural. And you church if you love me do what I have told you to do, and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth.

            Part of the out-working of what Jesus is saying here, is the creation of the New Testament. It was written by apostles or their disciples and we believe it was the Holy Spirit leading the church into all truth.

            Part of the working out of this is believing that God worked through the church councils as they looked at who Jesus is – so we get the apostles creed and the Nicene creed. Part of what the church councils decided was when the cannon of scripture was closed. We do not believe that there is another book of scripture yet to be written or yet to be found.

            But I will say this, it seems that the revelation of the Spirit comes to those who obey the commands of Jesus. If you read church history, you will find that while God has always had his faithful followers, the church was not always faithful. The revelations coming out of the church at those times are often more suspect.

            So God reveals himself first and foremost through Jesus, through the supernatural, through the church by His Holy Spirit – especially through the scriptures.
           
            The Holy Spirit is still in the business of revealing God is to his people. He is still leading his church into truth. It will not contradict the truth that he has stated in his word. But we need his revelations more and more.

            Jesus goes on and tells his disciples this
John 14:20 (NLT)
20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

            I love the picture of this. Jesus has already told us in verse 10 that he is in the father and the father is in him. But now he goes a step further and say you are in me and I am in you.

            The idea that Jesus is in us, is not a foreign idea. Again the you here is plural. He is in his church and we are a part of his church. We know from other places in scripture that he is in us as individuals. In fact that is what he is say in verse 18. The Spirit of God has been with you, but now he is going to be in you.

            Picture it this way. Jesus is in you. That is not a new revelation. You invite Jesus into your life. He takes up resident in your spirit by his Spirit. But he is also saying you are in him.

            Jesus is part of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. They are three yet one. They are in constant communication and conversation with each other. This is a mystical union. We don’t really understand how three can be one and one can be three. They are of one essence, yet different.

            But Jesus says, He is in us and we are him, and he is in the Trinity. He takes us into the midst of the Godhead. We are not God, but we are located in God, and we have communion with God, and we are friends of God, all because of what Jesus has done by his spirit.

            When I meditate on that it just blows my mind and it fills my heart.

            But I need to push on.

John 14:21 (NLT)
21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.

            I have been telling you that the word you, is plural all the way through this passage. But here the word “you” changes to singular.

            Jesus gets really personal. If you want to have a fresh revelation of Jesus, then love Jesus and do what he says.

            What this verse is not saying is that if you don’t obey God’s commands God doesn’t love you. God loves the whole world. We know from the rest of scripture that God’s love is not dependent on our behaviors.

            But this verse does seem to make it clear that there is a correlation between our obedience to Christ and the revelation of Christ.

            There does seem to be a correlation between showing our love for God by what we do, and our ability to see who God is.

            Philip starts off by saying “Show us the father and we will be satisfied.”

            Jesus says, if you get to know me, if you have seen me, you have seen the father. He goes on to say, you are going to see who God is through answered prayers and miracles. Not only that by I am going to send the Holy Spirit and he is going to lead you into all truth.

            Not only that I am going to take you into deep fellowship with me. I am going to take you right into the middle of the conversation of the trinity so that you can have fellowship with the God of the universe. You are me and I am in the father. You are going to see who God is because of your fellowship with him.

            I am going to do all that with your brothers and sisters in Christ. But if you really want a personal revelation of who I am; If you want me to speak into your deepest needs; If you want to really know me; then love me by obeying what I have told you – and when you do that I am going to reveal myself to you in deeper and deeper ways.

            There are a number of you who have a hunger to know God better. You want to see him more clearly. As I have been talking you can see what you need to do next.

            For some of you, it has been a while since you spent some time looking into Jesus life. I would encourage you to read the gospels, the first four books of the New Testament again and again, to see who Jesus really is. Read it through eyes of faith and it will make all the difference in your life.

            For others of you, I am hoping that God will show up through miracles, so that you can see part of who he is that way.

            For those of you who have trusted in Jesus, God has given you his Holy Spirit. Part of the revelation of God, is how God has shown himself to his people throughout history. Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to lead you into all truth. Listen to him.

            But more than anything I would urge you to have fellowship with God. You are in Christ and Christ is in God and from there, let yourself be enveloped by his presence and his love. Walk into the position you already hold as a child of God, as one who is in Christ.

            And lastly, for some of you, you know there are some things in your life that keep God from revealing himself to you the way he wants to. You know what God is calling you to do, but you are not doing it. Obey what he commands and Jesus’ promise is that he will show up.

PRAYER

Lord, I ask this for each and every person, that they would know you, to whom to know right is life eternal.

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May you know   Jesus Christ personally and profoundly.  May the Holy Spirit reside deep within your heart .  And may the heavenly Father surround you with His constant and abiding and accompanying love

MUSIC – Be Thou My Vision – Selah 3:17


By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

'EASTER 2017'

Rev. Brent Russett
By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
http://www.sunnysidechurchottawa.com/   

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PODCAST LINK to CFRA broadcast - Sunday, April 16th, 2017:
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'Easter 2017'




Good morning. And welcome to good news in the morning. Happy Easter – He has risen – He has risen indeed. And a special welcome to those of you who are making your way to Parliament Hill right now to celebrate an Easter Morning Service, with the church in the city.

 My name is Brent Russett. I am the Senior Pastor at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church. It is my pleasure to talk about Jesus on this Easter Sunday morning.

            This is a special morning. It is the morning of the greatest celebration on the Christian Calendar. It is the morning where we celebrate life. Resurrected life. The life of Jesus.



This morning’s sponsor, Bruce Newman, salutes Jericho Road Christian Ministries. Jericho Road is a local registered charity that exists to serve the poor, the addicted, the mentally ill – they do an outstanding service for our community. Thanks, Bruce, for recognizing them!



The resurrection is the heart of the gospel, it is the fount of our hope, it is the focus of our faith, it is the foundation of all we believe. By it we see, salvation to be possible, the gospel to be true, and Jesus to be God.

The Bible says that Jesus was raised to life for our justification. The Bible says that we have a living hope through the resurrection. The Bible says and that the power of God that was demonstrated that first Easter morning when the stone was rolled away. This morning I want you to know that the resurrection was not only a historical event that verified who Jesus was, but that the resurrection was meant to be personal to you. If you let it, will transforms your life.

Come again with me to that first Easter Sunday. Let’s hear the story.

1  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. 2  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5  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? 6  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7  `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" 8  Then they remembered his words. 9  When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11  But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12  Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

            On this Easter Sunday morning I want to call your attention to the fact that the resurrection of Jesus was not only a historical event but it is meant to be a personal event in your life as well.

            Listen to the words of the apostle Paul found in
.(Galatians 2:20 NIV)

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.(There it is the resurrection made personal The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

This morning I want to consider these two passages of scripture together. For my contention today is that Christianity only makes sense when we experience that the power of the resurrection in the present.

            But sometimes we miss the resurrection. We see it as an historical event that put Christianity in motion. But it becomes more about tradition and remembering history rather something profound, present and personal.

The Angels at that first Easter asked the women "Why do you look for the living among the dead? We do the same thing

The angel's words were plain. If you are searching for the body of a dead person, you would search in a cemetery. If you are searching for a living person, you may search the market place, the city streets or a person’s home. But the last place where you would expect to find a living person is buried in a tomb with dead people.

So the angels ask the women, why are doing that which does not make sense. Jesus is alive, and you are looking for him in a place where only dead people reside. Remember what he told you. This is the third day. He has risen from the dead. "Why do you look for the living among the dead?

            We can make same mistake. We can look for the life of Christ that is to infuse and empower us amongst dead tradition.

One of my favourite tourist attractions in the national capital area is Upper Canada Village. This is a village in the Prescott area that has been reconstructed to resemble a town in the 1860's.

Different trades people, in costumes imitate what it would have been like to be a carpenter, or a blacksmith, or a horseman in the middle of the 1860's. There is a school room, and a farm, and a tailors place. All of these places are created to give us an idea about what it would have been like back in that period of time. Of course all the people who lived in the 1860's are dead now. What is there is just recreated history.

Upper Canada Village is a place where history lives. People who go there can imagine what it must have been like to live in that period of time. But it is not real. The people in costumes go home to their modern house, and drive their modern cars, and live their modern lifestyle.

Sometimes I think that. Sometimes I think people try to live their Christian lives that way. We dive back into history.  We create in our minds eye the circumstances that surrounded the early church. We become intimately acquainted with the lives of Peter and Paul, and James and John. Then we remember the traditions of the church we grew up in. We remember the hymns we sung and rituals we had.

And we start to think if we can just create the good old days then everything would be better. If we could just get back to the New Testament Church or the traditional church – those were the good old days.

And sometimes we even try. We get stuck in our traditions, that harken back to what we think was a better time. It is kind of like Upper Canada for religion

If I get to know how they lived. If I put on a time period costume, by using the right idioms of speech, getting the right church structure, and if I can imitate the life of the disciples and if we as a group seek to imitate the early Church, then we will be good Christians.

But to those of you who would live that way, I will ask you this one question. "Why do you look for the living among the dead?

The message of the resurrection screams out against this kind of Christianity. Our Lord who came back to life that first Easter Sunday still lives. Our resurrected Lord, is not an event like the 1860's that has come and gone. But it is an event that happened and continues on to this day.

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
           
            If Christ lives in you, then the resurrection is both personal and current. If Christ lives in you, it is not about a dying tradition, it is about a living relationship with the living God.

 The Lord Jesus Christ who was resurrected that first Easter Sunday, lives out that resurrected life in each one of us who have responded to the gospel. Because of this the resurrection is not just an event in history.  The power of the resurrection reverberates down through the centuries and is just as forceful now as it was back then.

The risen Lord has not come and gone, he still is. And that resurrection life is demonstrated through the lives of believers even in 2017. Christ lives in me.

Those people who would like to boil Christianity down to a philosophy, or a creed, miss the point. The gospel is simply this, that we were separated from God by sin. We could do nothing to get rid of our sin. But God loved us and sent his son Jesus Christ to get rid of our sin. He did it by taking it upon himself when he died on the cross. Now when we put our faith in Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven, taken away, and we become Christians. We are made alive in Christ. We are made new creations, the old has gone the new has come. Jesus lives in us.

That is the plan of salvation.

It is not our system of belief that saves us, although what we believe is important. It is not our traditions that save us although there is much to be learned from tradition. It is not our religious practice that saves us although there is a lot to be said for church attendance and prayer.

We are saved we are given new life, when Jesus comes into our life. It is Jesus, and Jesus alone who saves us. What is required of you is to put your faith in Jesus.

Faith is only as good as that which you put your faith in. Some of you went skating on the canal this winter. You believed that the ice was thick enough to hold you. You had faith in the ice. What held you up, you faith or the ice. The ice of course. Faith is important, but more important is what you put your faith in.

The gospel, the plan of salvation, only works because it is centred around the person of Jesus Christ. It is not the creed that saves us, or the plan that saves us, but the Lord that saves us.

Now some of you may think that I am splitting hairs here. But there is a vast difference between these two ways of approaching Christianity. Christianity is more than a system of belief, it is the experience of the resurrection in our lives, in our time. Today we do more than celebrate an event in history, we celebrate a reality in our lives.

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

MUSIC – I Serve a Risen Saviour 3:48


Jesus said, apart from me you can do nothing. He meant what he said. You cannot live out the Christian life as a philosophical system and call it Christianity. True Christianity is the life of Jesus Christ living within us. You ask me how I know he lives he lives within my heart

This is Easter Sunday, and we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. We see that this was not only a historical event but one that is meant to be lived out in our lives right now. But  the question is how. How do I live out the Christ life?

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,

If you have given your life to Christ, if you have invited him into your life to forgive you of your sins and give you his righteousness, if you have invited him in faith that he would do what he said he would do, then Jesus lives in you. But the way that is the best definition of a Christian, - one, in whom Jesus dwells.

So if he is in you, what does it mean to live by faith. Well how did you become a Christian. You believed that Jesus would do what he said he would do.

You believed that you were separated by God because of sin. You knew that you had broken God's laws. You heard the words of Christ that spoke of forgiveness. You believed that Christ would be true to his word, and forgive you of your sin when you asked him to. You believed that he would come into your life because you asked him to.

In other words, you took Christ at his word. You believed that he would do what he said he would do. And you asked him into your life to forgive you of your sin and to make you his child. And he did exactly that. You became a Christian.

People the rules for living our the Christian life are the same as those for becoming a Christian. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, You believe that Christ will do what he said he would do.


We believe that if we lose our life, if we choose to live for Christ rather than ourselves, then Christ will fulfil his end of the bargain, and teach us how to really live. That is what it means to live by faith. We do what Christ tells us, and we trust him to fulfil his promises.

We believe when we choose pray rather than be anxious, bringing our specific needs before God, and learning to give thanks for the things that God has already done, that God will keep his end of the bargain and grant us his peace. For he said,

(Philippians 4 NIV)
6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

That is living by faith. We do what Christ said we should do, and we believe that God will do what he said he would do.

But whether it be the power to really live, or peace, or the power to love our enemies, or really joy, or patience in trial, or strength in suffering, or the confidence that all things will work together for good, we live by faith. We do what Christ said we should do, and then we trust the power of the resurrected Lord with in us to fulfil God's promises.

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,

The Christian life becomes a moment by moment question of, What does God want me to do, and then doing it, and leaving the results up to God.

People, that becomes very freeing. For those of you who are students who are heading into exams, some of you who have been spending a lot of time worrying over exams. If you would spend your time saying God what do you want me to do now, study, OK I'll study, Rest, OK I'll rest. Then he will get you the grade that you need to fulfil his will and calling. Walk by faith. The life you live in the body live by faith in the Son of God who love you and gave himself up for you.

People, the resurrection speaks out against living Christianity as a philosophy. The risen Lord is to be a reality. Too often we are slipping towards a faith that merely grants assent to the right things, rather than seeing the power of God lived out in our lives.


People as I have been talking this morning, there are some of you who have been feeling the tug of inviting Christ into your life. You can do that by praying this prayer after me.
“Lord Jesus, you died for me, please forgive me of my sin and come into my life. I trust that you will do what you said you would do. I give my life to you. Help me to follow you. Help me to live out your life in me. Amen”

I want you to know that when you put your faith in Jesus, he will do what he said he would do.

There are some of you listening to me who have given your life to Jesus, but you are not living by faith. This morning I would urge you in the quietness of your own heart to say,  “Jesus, forgive me for not living out your life in me the way you want me to. Help me trust you with every aspect of my life. Show how to do that.”  Jesus responds to prayers like that.

The message of the angels 2000 years ago was "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6  He is not here; he has risen! This is not just an historical fact it is to be something that each one of us can experience right now. I trust that you will be able to say with Paul and with us --Christ lives in me.

LET’S PRAY:

Lord Jesus, Thank you for the fact that your resurrection, that happened so long ago, still reverberates today --- and I ask that you would help people to find life in you. I ask this in Jesus’ name,  AMEN.



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May you know   Jesus Christ personally and profoundly.  May the Holy Spirit reside deep within your heart .  And may the heavenly Father surround you with His constant and abiding and accompanying love

            We are going to go out listening to a choir sing this great…
MUSIC – Christ the Lord is Risen today. -  3:09


By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
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