“The Final Word”

Pastor David Moore

Old Testament reading: Psalm 118:14-29

The Lord is my strength and my defense he has become my salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”  I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.  The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.  Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.  This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.  I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.  The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

Lord, save us!  Lord, grant us success!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you.  The Lord is God, and He has made His light shine on us.  With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

The Cross was not the end of the story.  It was merely the end of the beginning.  Easter is Resurrection Sunday.

New Testament reading: Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took 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. 

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.  But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.  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.

Theme today is about faith.  Many people believe without knowing Jesus.  During the challenging bits of our lives, faith is what connects us to Jesus and gets us through the tough times.  ~D. Moore

The Resurrection faith is a transfer of trust.  ~D. Moore

Hebrews 11:6:  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

God is the light bulb, to where faith is the light switch.  ~Anthony Liccione

Unbelief in Jesus Christ is never simply the absence of faith; it is the presence of something or someone else.  ~D. Moore

We believe we are the right person to be our master.  We know right from wrong.  We are in charge of our lives.  This is why it is hard to obediently study Jesus in Scripture, because if it is true, then I have lost control of my life.  ~D. Moore

We all have faith in something: usually a mixture of some personal beliefs with modern science.  I am not like that.  Mostly I just believe in what personally has worked for me.  ~James Altucher

Principles do not change anyone’s life, but personal relationships will change a life.  ~D. Moore

Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.  ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

James 1:17:  So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough.  Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Three things a Christian needs to allow Christ to work in their life:

  1. Replace your faith from where it is to Jesus

  2. Look at what Jesus did

  3. Drop your conditions

Today, remember a resurrection faith is a transfer of faith, not the creation of faith.  It is getting rid of the faith in your own control, transforming it and say, “I hereby drop my conditions.  I will simply obey.”  ~D. Moore

God bless and thank God for the growing faith in your life.