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Resurrection Stories

4/23/2017 – 6/4/2017
The Easter Season is a time of celebrating all the ways in which resurrection is possible in our lives. We can be in need of rising out of the depths of imprisonment, addiction, poverty, illness and oppression – not just physically and literally, but also spiritually. What holds us back from the joy of life? What binds us, keeping us from the fullness of who God created us to be? No matter how dead you feel, God has plans for you! Join us for some powerful testimonies – Resurrection Stories – from those who have found “resurrection” in their lives. It might just inspire you to your own rising up!

April 23 – Thomas’ Story & Susan’s Witness – John 20:19-31
April 30 – Bonnielee’s Witness – Matthew 19:13-15
May 7 – Cleopas’ Story & Joan’s Witness – Luke 24:13-35
May 14 – Anna Howard Shaw’s Legacy – Joel 2:28-29, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35
May 21 – John Wesley’s Legacy – Romans 5:1-11
May 28 – Paul’s Story – Acts 9:1-21 & 16:16-34
June 4 – Peter’s Story – Acts 2:1-21

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Peter’s Story

Peter was one of the 12 disciples. There’s many stories about him the gospels. He is my favorite disciple: impetuous, eager, bold, faith-filled, he often gets it wrong, but he has flashes of great insight. He was a fisherman by trade, originally known as Simon, but Jesus changed his name to Peter, the rock. Nowadays, many Christians call him St. Peter. (Acts 2:1-21)

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Paul’s Story

Paul was not always a Christian. Paul used to be known as Saul, and he was persecuting and threatening Jesus’ disciples before his life was totally turned around. And then he ended up offending too many people and he was thrown into prison on multiple occasions. We are going to hear two examples of resurrection instances in Paul’s life. (Acts 9:1-21 & 16:16-34)

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John Wesley’s Legacy

After an unsuccessful visit to America, John Wesley returned to London in 1738 discouraged and thinking that he had never converted to God. He wonders if he really is a Christian and whether he has done enough to please God, or in other words. Have his good works and spiritual actions saved him? Not long after his return to England, he has an experience where he comes to a new understanding of God’s grace. (Romans 5:1-11)

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Anna Howard Shaw’s Legacy

Today, it is Mother’s Day, a day in the US that has some of its roots in an action calling mothers to unite in promoting world peace. So, I thought that we would look at Anna Howard Shaw, a woman who was never a mother herself, but a strong woman of faith who nurtured and encouraged so many and left a strong legacy for us. Anna Howard Shaw, 1847-1919, was the first ordained clergywoman in the Methodist Protestant Church, a Doctor of Medicine, suffrage orator and social reformer. (Joel 2:28-29, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35)