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From Pastor Rex -
 
Luke wrote an account of Jesus’ life and ministry in the Gospel bearing his name and went on to follow the progress of the gospel in the book called Acts. Chronicling Paul’s missionary activity in the early days of the Church Luke wrote, “The word of the Lord grew.” (Acts 19:20)
 
The comment that the word of the Lord grew takes one by surprise. If we think of this growth in terms of the New Testament, not many writings were added. If we think of the growth of the message about the Lord, the meaning was not enlarged a great deal from its early proclamation. If, as we follow the progress of Paul’s missionary travels, we witness the establishment of many congregations, we get closer to Luke’s meaning, at least the “growing” part. Yet something remains missing. 
 
To speak of a word that grows is to speak dynamically. Like germinating and growth plants or gestating and birth of creatures, life is happening. This word happens to people and brings about change to them and in them. Luke focuses on that word’s affect on people. 
 
God does not spend energy providing information about himself as the Supreme Being or how he created the universe.   God is in pursuit of us who are his own creation in this world. He packs the energy of his pursuit in a word that confronts us with our waywardness. And that waywardness is revealed in Jerusalem on a particular cross with a particular person crucified on it, Jesus. And while he is the one who is being sacrificed to the powers in control, he becomes the vehicle for something much bigger. Jesus is the sacrifice not on behalf of a powerful few, but on behalf of an entire world gone mad against God. That word confronts us with Jesus, God’s own beloved Son, who suffered the fury of our madness dying with it. 
 
The word that revealed our madness at the same time announces the raising of this Son. He whom our madness devoured has devoured our madness. His final word is “peace” to the world.   In that word of peace he has put us right with God and birthed us into a new life, serving the Lord we fought. This word, writes Luke, was having its way with the world of his day. And that word is having its way with us. 
 
Easter rejoices in that new life and responds in faithful commitment to the Lord, whose word keeps us day after day and takes us to the gates of heaven.
                                                                                    - Rex
 
From Pastor Miguel. . .                                      Translatedby Pam Bridgehouse
 
Don’t leave for tomorrow what you should do today.
 
John 20:19-20
    On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
     April is the month in which the Christian community throughout the world celebrated the resurrectin of Jesús Christ. It is not for a small thing, but it is the final victory of our Saivor over death and the grave that could not hold him for more than three days. This same dya he went to find his disciples who were frightened, full of fear because of what had happened to their teacher, but Jesús, putting himself into their midst said to them, “Peace be with you.” This was not a simple greeting but really what He does in our life.  In the Gospel of John 16:33 he says, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
     It is terrifying to suffer, to think and to see the sufferings as the consequences of sin, but Jesús Christ brings peace to our life, peace to the family, peace to all those who without a single doubt have put their faith in God. He said: “on the third day I will rise again” and he did it. But before he arose, he suffered the most cruel punishment that those times and that all times and all this he did because he loves us. He does not want us to live in terror of the punishment of sin, but rather in the knowledge that by his death and resurrection he brought pardon and peace to our life.
     You don’t have to leave for tomorrow that which you should do today. Today is the aceptable day, today is the day of salvation. Today is when you can listen to the voice of God that says: Hebrews 3:7
    Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
    "Today, if you hear his voice,
 
 Through the Church that is His Body, the risen Christ continúes seeking all human beings so they might not be wounded by sinful practices, but that in Him they might find peace and security for their souls.
May God bless you.

                                                                                                 - Pastor Miguel Luna

 
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