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April 12th, 2020 Update

Good Morning Church! As I am sending this email out, it's about 6:00 AM!  For some reason, though perhaps no one will be reading it at this time, I wanted to send this as or before the sun was rising.  As you know, the community sunrise gathering was to be hosted at Cornerstone this year. That isn't happening, nor is breakfast together, nor will we be filling our worship center to the brim in just a few hours to shout and sing with one another.  But it is still Easter morning and we can still shout knowing it is true that Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed! Our final "Countdown to Easter" devotional is taken from the last chapter of the Lenten Book, "The Unvarnished Jesus." Here is my summary/adaptation. History and archeology suggest that at the time of Jesus, Golgotha was an abandoned quarry used as a garbage dump (and execution site). So we might say that Jesus, the stone the builders rejected, was crucified in a quarry turned garbage dump, but he was buried as a seed in a garden tomb.  Mary even initially mistakes him for a gardener! Jesus is the gardener who turns garbage dumps into gardens! Jesus is not a conductor punching tickets for a train ride to heaven. Jesus is not a lawyer getting us out of a jam with an angry judge. Jesus is not a banker making loans from his surplus righteousness.  Jesus is a gardener cultivating resurrection life in all who will come to him, exchange their life for life in Him, and allow His Spirit to grow in them!  Jesus is not afraid to get his hands dirty in the humus of humanity.  The empty tomb is the open door that leads us away from the ugly world  of garbage dumps and back home to the God-intended garden (where it all started and was as our life was intended to be)! G.K. Chesterton captures the garden imagery well when he writes, "On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; the world had died in the night.  What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in the semblance of a gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn. If you are reading this early Easter morning so shortly after I sent it, I believe God by His Spirit has prompted you to do so! Maybe for some of you reading, even just one of you reading, life feels like a garbage dump right now.  I get that...but I also know with everything in me that at the end of the journey for those in Christ is a garden...and the seeds and tender plants of that garden have begun to spring up all around us as we grow in Christ Jesus.  If you don't know Him,this is the Easter to acknowledge that He is Lord, that his life, death, and resurrection provided the basis for our forgiveness and fresh start; if we will but invite him in and exchange our sometimes garbage like life for His.  We talk about Christmas in terms of gifts, but a new life in Christ is the best Easter gift ever! And for all of you reading this pre-10:00 AM in the morning, we will "see" you soon! In Christ, Pastor Tim


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