Eye Damage

Yesterday was a solar eclipse.  Experts put much time and effort into warning people about viewing the eclipse.  Yet, last night at 8:20 PM google saw a peak in the search for “my eyes hurt.”  People began seeking google to help the figure out if they had unwisely damaged their eyes.  Experts say it may take several days or up to a week before you would know if you damaged your eyes.  In the end, the only way to really know is to have an examination by an expert.  No matter how many times you google the question you will be unable to truly examine the health of your own eye.

Jesus taught us a pointed and practical truth about ourselves when he said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Matthew 7:1-5

Currently, we are teaching on the Biblical command of encouragement.  Encouragement is the great privilege that followers of Christ have to “put courage into” others.  We have the command to speak life into others in the name of and in the power of the One who gives life – the Lord Jesus Christ.  Encouragement is a command – not a suggestion.  We are called to encourage one another.

The hard part about encouragement is that it requires truth speaking.  We are admonished in Scripture to “speak truth in love.”  Many excuse themselves from such commands in the idea “well, it’s the truth.”  And it is the truth, or at least, their version of it.  I believe one of the most important elements to be a truth speaker is being willing to be a truth hearer.  Not just a hearer, but a doer of the truth.  To hear how truth applies to you first before you ever have the audacity to speak how it applies to someone else.

According to the teachings of Jesus recorded Matthew 7, we are completely incapable of being used by the Lord to help a brother or sister deal with a problem in their life until we have been willing to deal with that problem in our own life. I do not believe this means we have completely overcome a sin or a struggle.  I believe these words mean that we must live in humble and open honesty about those issues.  We must be willing to deal with the truth of our own sin before God can use us to speak into someone else’s.

Often this passage is grossly and horribly misused to mean that you should never have opinion about right and wrong in another’s life.  No, Jesus teaches you – START WITH YOU.  As we experience God’s gracious work in our own lives we can be used by God to be a part of that work of grace in the lives of others.  These two realities work in cooperation not in opposition to each other.

If we are not careful we sell the love of God very short.  It can end up simply mean being nice and accepted towards people no matter wrong and sin.  We should be kind.  We should be able to accept others as they are, but if we think kindness and acceptance means that we should not speak truth into sin, then we dishonor everything about the death and resurrection of Christ and forfeit the very Gospel itself.  Love is not that easy.  God’s love was not that he said – you are all good.  He said “none of you are good” but there is “One who is good.”  The “One who is good” will himself take upon himself your bad (or unrighteousness) so that you can become good (or righteous).  That righteous is not of you, it is the righteousness of the Good One – Jesus Christ.  That is good news.  But it is news that you will never share if all you think you should do is accept everyone and everything as good.

Yet, we must always START WITH SELF.  Always.  If you do not, God cannot and will not use you in the life of others.  Be like Paul and never see anyone else as the chief of sinners.  For you, that must always be you.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

I want to share a very practical application of this spiritual reality that is currently needs to be heard in our country and culture.

The issue is racism.

Racism is sin.  Racism is real from all sides and all races – in some way from almost all people.  I am not only guilty of racism in my lifetime – both intentional and unintentional – I am also the recipient of racism in my life – both intentional and unintentional.

My call to the Christian is stop saying everyone needs to point out everything or nothing.  It is right for me – as a white man – to speak into white racism.  I am calling me out.  I am dealing with the speck in my eye and in our collective eye.  It is right for a denomination such as the Southern Baptist Convention – that is historically and predominantly white -to call out white nationalism and the alt-right.

This is us admitting and dealing with the speck in our eye.  If God is ever going to use any of us in this great work that should be the automatic result of the Gospel – that there is no race in Christ but that Christ is one and we are all one in Christ – then we have to start with self.

God has to start with you.  When you reject this what you reject is the very truth you need to deal with so that you can be changed by the Holy Spirit.  You are literally saying leaving my speck alone until you acknowledge the plank in others’ eyes.  I can’t do that and obey Jesus.  I would literally have to disobey the Lord to address this issue in that order and with that priority.

This summer the SBC wrote a wonderful resolution concerning racism.  In it they clearly state that all forms of racism are wrong and sin.  Then they call out what is the predominate form of in their own midst.  This sounds very much like what Jesus commanded of us.  It is dealing with this speck.

I realize that means that Christians of every race ought to call out racism in their midst (and some do), but guess what, until I have fully dealt within my own – that is not my job to do.  Now, the further I move into allowing God to fully change me and change His church the more we can be that voice.

If you are rejecting the call to face racism in your own race, be aware you have speck in your eye problem – no matter your race.  Allow God to convict you and change you – then see how he will use you to change others.

Pray for God to bring a unity that has never existed in this country.  Pray that God would start in the Church – the church of all races.  Pray that God would start in your church.  Pray that God would start in you – because you should never expect your church to become collectively what you are not becoming individually.

God move…and move me first.

Right, Wrong, and Wise

Right or Wrong?  Wouldn’t life be easier if everything were a simple “yes or no”?  Life’s choices would be easier if we right and wrong was always crystal clear.  That, however, is not how life works.

James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Even this verse, which gives a high standard for sin, opens up a discussion that can people can intelligently disagree about.  What does the phrase “knows the right thing” mean?  What are we liable for in our actions and what are we not?

This verse is not actually intended to be the Scriptures total definition of sin (right or wrong).  This passage intended to be a guide.  In other words, when you know the right thing – whether by clear instruction, wisdom given, or leading of the Spirit – and you do not do it, you sin.

Right and wrong are easier to define on certain issues.  Other issues require some thought, discussion, study, and consideration.  The main goal of this blog is to encourage you to seek that wisdom.  This Sunday I am preaching on the topic “who is wise?”  My key text will be Proverbs 14:8, 15.  The idea in this passage is that a wise person “consider his ways.”  The wise person does not just do, they consider.  They consider further than the fork in the road they stand at or the crossroads they find themselves considering.  They consider not just the decision at hand, but where it leads.  They consider their “way.”

The book of Proverbs is a must for a believer.  You need to read and re-read it.  You need to study it and memorize it.  Here is why.

Honoring the Lord requires more than simple right and wrong decisions, it requires wise decisions.

Wisdom is the ability to see beyond simple right and wrong and see better and best.  It is the ability to apply knowledge to a situation.  It is the capacity for a person to consider who they are and who someone else is and make a decision about a situation not based on a universally known right or wrong, but the ability to apply knowledge to a particular situation.

The Proverbs help us learn how to do this.  I hope to share some insight in how to use wisdom.

  1. You must want wisdom to have it. You need to love it and desire to learn it.  (Prov. 19:8)
  2. You must want what is beneficial not just what is permissible. (1 Cor. 10:23) Some applicable examples of this from Probers are the teachings on gluttony, laziness, or alcohol.  Wisdom calls you to consider more than what is wrong to consider what is wise. How does one apply the truth “beer is a brawler and wine a mocker” into your life?  Well you consider the benefit of the drink.  Do I really want to pour some liquid brawler or mocker in me right before I spend time with my spouse that I am already aggravated with?  NO.  Consider the way not just the wrong.  (Prov. 20:1)  Or how does one consider the idea that gluttony and being lazy go together in Scripture?  (Prov. 26:15)  If I have a lot of work to do this afternoon, should I go to the all you can eat Chinese buffet for lunch?  NO – not because of simple wrong, but because of wisdom. 
  3. You must want to honor others above have for yourself.  (Prov. 31:4-5) This is especially true for anyone who leads.  The King should not drink because he has too much responsibility and power to end up foolish.  It is not the right or wrong of the drink but the wisdom to not allow drink to have influence over great power or authority that must be considered.  Consider wisdom not just right and wrong.

I challenge you to become a student of wisdom in Scripture.  So many of life’s decisions are addressed in the wisdom writings.  You must, however, not read them for simple yes/no commands.  God is teaching you wise ways to decide right and wrong along your way.

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.  Proverbs 4:7

Have you given up on the Gospel?

I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6

Do you believe that Jesus Christ will finish what He started in you?  Do you believe he will finish his work in others?  I mean truly finish it.

Salvation is not simply a rescue from eternal perishing – although it is that.   Salvation is the reality that we are “new creations.”  We know the Bible teaches that the “old is gone and the new has come.”

But, if we as followers of Christ are not careful, we actually give up on the Gospel.  We give up on the reality that the Gospel works.  We give up on Jesus actually changing us (and others).

I teach our church to “keep it real.”  This means to be authentic with one another.  If we are not careful though, being authentic can become an excuse to feel comfortable sharing one’s sin struggles not being challenged to seek victory over it in Christ.  “Keeping it real” is just as much about having people and a place that you can share with others the sin struggles in your life, as it is about being told by those same people that Jesus changes things.  Being authentic and real does not lower the standard of the Gospel, it empowers it.

David in Psalm 51 cries out to God to blot out his transgressions.  He begs God to renew in him a right spirit.  Does repentance look like this in your life?  Are you actually expecting God to change you?  Are you actually expecting the Gospel to have power in your life today?

What about others?  Have you begun excusing sin instead of expecting change?  We live in a culture where Christians are completely abandoning the moral teachings of the Bible when it comes to marriage, sexuality, gluttony, and other behaviors.  Christians often would rather celebrate someone’s happiness in their sin than proclaim the real changing power of Christ.

The Gospel does not change situations or standards…the Gospel changes sinners to saints.

We sell the Gospel short by saying grace means that God loves you like you and that you do not have to change.  When in all actuality it is the Gospel that changes you.  It is the power of God unto salvation.  I have grieved watching once faithful followers of Christ absolutely abandon the Gospel itself by choosing to placate to sin in their lives or the lives of others instead of holding to the finishing power of Christ.

I challenge you to read Psalm 51 and really dive into what repentance looks like.  Not only what it sounds like, but what it looks like after the act of repentance.  What should the penitent person expect to happen in their life and the lives of others?  David asked for the joy of his salvation to be returned.  He asked God to create a pure heart in him.  David came broken by his son but asking to be built again.  He expected God to build something better and different.  He expected to change.

Do you believe that Jesus changes people or that he leaves people like they are? Do you believe the Gospel means that no matter what sin pattern and behavior your life is currently trapped in, that if you confess Jesus Christ as Lord you can and will find deliverance and freedom?

I challenge you to stop giving up on the Gospel in your life and expect to change.  Stop quitting on your friends and loved ones by accepting their sin as a good thing and proclaim to them that God’s grace means Jesus changes people.  Quit pretending that you have somehow progressed in your thinking to understand the Gospel means God does not care about sin.

If you are celebrating sin instead of proclaiming the power of Christ…If you are backing down on Biblical standards instead of speaking salvation in the Savior…If you have come to grips with your weakness instead taken hold of his power to change you…you have given up on the Gospel.   You have bought into a sad Gospel substitute where grace is cheap, powerless, and empty.

The Gospel means God cared about sin so much he sent his son to die for it.  He raised him from the dead for it.  And he has sent the Spirit to now convict us of sin and righteousness in our lives.

Don’t give up on the Gospel.  Expect God to do what he said he would do and he said he would finish what he started in you and in others.

God has not given up…neither should we.

Great and Greatly

To Wise Up…Look Up!

This simple statement inspired by Proverbs 1:7 is the driving truth behind our summer series “Wise Up.”  We are preaching on Psalms and Proverbs all summer and we invite you to read through these two wisdom writings through this reading plan.

Psalm 96 teaches us some wonderfully wise truths about worship.

It is wise to praise what is praise-worthy.
Whether it is in our worship of the one True God or in our appreciation for one another praise that which is praise-worthy is simply wise.  The wise person speaks the praise of that which deserves to whom deserves it.

Psalm 96:4 makes this point abundantly clear.  “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.”

God is not great because he is greatly praised.  God is greatly praised because he is great.
The wise person greatly praises the Lord because it is simply the only right response to the greatness of God.  If there were no other reason than his greatness, we should still praise Him, but not only is he great, he is good.

This week there has been much online and on-air chatter about who is great.  The NBA Finals has sparked some odd and strange dialogue.  The defeat of Lebron James and his Cavaliers causes some to denounce his greatness as a player while others diminish the greatness of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson because they all play on a team together.  The conversation about who is the greatest players will simply continue and the opinions will grow in number.  Why?  None of these players have a greatness that separates them in every way from everything else.  God is so great he is different.  He is unique.  There is literally none like him.   Not even close.

Yet, I would say the wise sportscaster or social media commentator would be willing to acknowledge each player for their individual talents.  Truthfully, they are all great basketball players.  The wise man is willing to praise what is praise-worthy.

God simply desires what God deserves.
God desires, and therefore demands, our praise.  Why?  He deserves it.  He desires it because it is right and he wants you to be right with Him.  He desires this so much that he gave his one and only son that if you would believe in Him you would not perish but have eternal life.

Praise that is honors what is praise-worthy includes works and words.
Psalm 96:6 instructs us to “Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.”
This literally means give God glory and strength.  The issue is that God is already all-powerful and absolutely glorious.  He does not need your glory or your strength – but he deserves it.

We worship the Lord honorably when our worship with our words matches the worship with our works.  We serve the Lord with words by “declaring his glory among the nations” and “his marvelous work among all the peoples.”  We honor him with our words when we “tell of his salvation from day to day.”  (These are quotes from Psalm 96:1-3)

We give to him strength by serving him with all our of our life.  God rebukes His people in Isaiah by telling them you “honor me with your lips, but your hearts are far from me.”  The heart that is truly for God leads to words from our mouths and works from our hands and lives that bring God the glory he deserves.

I have a challenge for you.

Greatly praise the God that is great.  Read the Psalms and Proverbs with us this summer.  Write a psalm and share it with us.  Serve the Lord with your hands and your heart.  Speak his truth to those far from him and sing his truth among those who love him.

Click this link to check out the sermon from Sunday on this passage.

 

Opportunities to Worship with Words –
Sundays 9 & 10:45 every Sunday.
Students grade 6-12 – Wednesdays at 6 PM.  (Although not tonight due to VBS)
Kids – VBS today and tomorrow at both campuses – Airline 9-11:30 AM / Prairieville 6-8:30

Opportunities to Worship with Work –
Geaux Day – June 24

When doubt comes…   

Doubt is unavoidable part of living a life of faith.  Faith is not the absence of doubt.  Faith is the reality of certainty.  Faith is being “sure of what you hope for and certain of what you have not seen.”  Many believers take the words sure and certain to mean that they should never have disquieting or uncomfortable thoughts or questions about what they believe.

Faith, however, is the choice of will to believe any when you have a question.  Faith is certainty in the one you believe in even when you struggle to see them in and from your life.  Doubt comes to us all.  I spoke plainly about that this past Sunday as I preached from Matthew 7. “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” 

After my message Sunday I received a great question via email.  This follower of Christ boldly proclaimed their faith and their certainty in Christ, but then admitted that they still have doubts at times.  Their question, however, was the right one.  “What do I do when I doubt?”  Now that is a great question and one worth answering and worth sharing.

What do we do when we doubt?

#1.  Do not fake it till you make it. Faith is not fake…ever.  Don’t fake it – face it.  Bring your honest questions, doubt, or fears to God.  Share them with other believers who can help you find answers in God’s Word. 

#2.  Go to the Word “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

God’s word reveals more than thoughts, but intentions. Through his Word God can bring us to the right place in our hearts as we also discover the right truths with our heads.  They go together.  Often when we doubt we try to feed the head but ignore the heart of we try to jumpstart the heart but we ignore the head.  We need to learn truth and lean into the truth in seasons of doubt.

1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”  It does not say so that you may think or that you may hope – but that you may know.  These things have been written.  The Scriptures exist so we can live in certainty not doubt.

Fill your mind with truth.  Memorize Scriptures that declare the grace and effectiveness of God in salvation.

Here are a couple of good verses to memorize when dealing with doubts. Hebrews 7:25  Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through                him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Romans 6:10-11  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives                to God.  Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

#3.  Learn more than your questions. Ask questions.  Seek out answers to those particular issues by asking season believers and reading intelligent and Scripture-honoring authors, but don’t just seek answers to your questions.  Seek the truth and the One who is True.  Some times we cause ourselves more questions if all we seek are specific answers.  We stop nurturing our personal growth and only seek to solve our current faith struggle.  That struggle is a part of a larger relationship with God.  Treat it as such.

#4.  Pray Spend personal time with God in prayer.  Do not stop doing the acts of faith when doubt clouds their significance.  You will not believe in the Lord more by ignoring him.  You will grow in your faith by pursuing him.

#5.  Repent I put this last because I want to spend the most time on it.  Doubt is never an isolated issue.  The majority of doubt is birthed out of disobedience.  Rarely do people struggle with doubt when they feel they are in a right relationship with the Lord.  Typically people who are struggling with doubt have experienced other spiritual issues in their lives.  Some times it is circumstances that are beyond their control, but the majority of doubt is birthed out a place of sin.  People living in rebellion against God are going to have a difficult time experiencing the peace found in the Spirit of the Lord.  You are asking God to make you feel comfort and peace and he is calling you back to Himself.  He has not rejected you.  He has not forgotten you – your name is still in the Book.  You simply are no longer in a position for his peace to reflect clearly upon you.

Repent.  Turn away from your sin. AND trust the goodness and grace of God.

Stop asking God for peace when you know He should bring conviction and restlessness into your life.  Sin will not condemn you again, but it will prevent you from experiencing the fullness of a right relationship with God – as it should.

#6.  Recognize spiritual warfare for what it is. The thief has come to kill and to steal and to destroy, but I have come that you might have life and that life to the full.  John 10:10

We have an adversary.  He is the accuser.  He is the prince of deception.  He wants you to live in doubt.  We face struggles that are not of flesh and blood but of spirits and principalities.  I do not encourage you to worry with what it is you face as much as I challenge you to call upon the One who has already faced every battle own your behalf…and won!

Satan’s greatest tool is doubt.  He asks the first question in the Bible, “Did not God say…”  His quest is to get you to say did not God.  Doubt is a distraction; not a death sentence.  Doubt cannot kill faith, but it can kill faithfulness.  When you feel doubt…fight.

One key weapon is this truth found in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  Take captive every thought with OBEDIENCE.  Do what you know is right even when you are not sure you feel like all is right.  Take captive the thoughts of doubt with actions of faith.

 

Doubt is something every believer faces.  Those who come out of such seasons stronger – face their doubts head on with the truth and in the power of the True One.

Keep it Real (and a note about Mother’s Day)

Keeping it real is one of the 4 core actions at Fellowship Church.  We believe it is essential to living a life of faith.  It requires willingness to be 2 things.  Be authentic and be unique.

Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to be authentic and unique in a healthy manner.  Often uniqueness is confused with being eccentric and authenticity is confused with selfish rudeness.  This, however, is not what they mean.

There is no clearer call to authenticity in Scripture than when we are taught in James 5:16 , “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”  Authenticity requires the willingness to share your struggles not just your successes.  True authenticity even leads us to discussing how these things became true in our lives.  A place and group to be authentic is not easy to find and is even harder to maintain.  Authenticity is always only one cover up or lie away from being lost.

I hope you are finding some people who are following hard after Christ you can be authentic with.  The number one way to experience that is to become the type of person that others believe they can be authentic with.  Become the type of confidant that can be trusted to listen with grace, speak truth with love, and mourn with the mourning.  Keeping it real starts with you.  I know it is a scary proposition, but lead out.

Being unique does not mean a person needs to look radically different or stand out physically.  Uniqueness means honoring the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  In 1 Corinthians 12 we are taught, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  God did not make you good at what you are good at simply for your good, but for everyone’s good.

Many believers fail to ever take their unique place in the Kingdom of God simply because they do not see (or want to see) the value of investing their talents and gifts in the spiritual well-being of others.  How are other people growing in their faith and life because of who God made you uniquely?  If you cannot answer that question with clarity, I pray you will dive deep into what it means to be gifted by God and to use those gifts for his glory.  Invite a mature believer into this journey and ask them to hold you accountable to finding a place to serve the Lord within the church and allow them to speak wisdom into how you might be gifted to do that.

This Sunday is an opportunity at Fellowship to Keep it Real.  Mother’s Day is a great celebration that someone came up with.  It is not a Biblical holiday.  It has no command or calling behind it.  Yet, mothers find it meaningful and encouraging.  It is a great opportunity for us to honor one another above ourselves.

There is, however, a dark side to such a celebration.  Many women find Mother’s Day to be one of the most difficult days of the year.  They have experienced the pains of infertility, loss of child, miscarriages, and abortions.  This day is often a hard reminder instead of a joyful celebration.  Fellowship has some ladies of great faith that lead in our church that have experienced such pains personally.  This year one of the ladies that leads out in ladies’ ministry is hosting a special time for ladies that find this day difficult.  (That difficulty might also be because of recent loss of one’s own mother or broken and damaged relationships with your own children – for whatever reasons.)  We simply want to give a place for ladies dealing with these pains to Keep it Real with one another.  You will study the Word together, pray together, and encourage one another.  We are not publishing the details for this event publicly because of the private nature of it, so if you are interested in this event please email us today at alanoux@gmail.com and someone will contact you with the information.

The Indescribable

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.  (2 Corinthians 9:15)

There is no gift greater than God’s grace.

In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul is exhorting and encouraging the people of God to be generous because God is generous.  He teaches them to give cheerfully and not begrudgingly nor because of requirement or expectation.  The teaching is that God is a good and gracious God and generosity honors him and brings him praise.

I believe one of the greatest dangers for a Christ-follower is to lose one’s appreciation for the grace of God.  It is easy to take grace for granted.  If we are not careful in how we consider the love and work of Christ, we fail to consider fully and truthfully the grace of God.  The value of our forgiveness becomes common place.  The cost for our souls is not purposefully belittled, we simply fail to stop and consider the gift we have received.  We begin – if we are not careful – to treat that which is indescribable as something much less than it is because we have learned the words that are accurate theologically and we know the truths that are right doctrinally.  Those are so important but never allow what you understand theologically and doctrinally to lose its value personally.

This Easter Season I want to encourage you to do a few things to help you celebrate the inexpressible, unfathomable, and immeasurable grace of God given to you in Jesus Christ.

  1. Meditate on the events and happenings of the Passion of Christ. (Matthew 21-28, Mark 11-16, Luke 19-24, and/or John 12-21) Read it and consider that it happened.  Try to put yourself there.  Watch The Passion of the Christ to help you consider fully what grace cost.  Your salvation is a free gift to you because a high price was paid for you.
  2. Share your story of grace with someone who does not know the grace of God. Tell someone else the story of when and how you came to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Tell them about how you learned about grace and forgiveness.  Tell them there is no greater gift than the grace of God and I want to share the greatest gift I have ever received with you.  FCers, use your chess piece and have a conversation about how you met the King.
  3. Bring someone (or many some ones) to church with you this weekend.
    80% of people who do not attend church regularly say they would go to church if someone invited them – especially for a holiday.  Go to church with them.  If your church has multiple services work it out where you will be in worship service with the people you bring.  If you have people coming to multiple services (because you are truly BEING A BRINGER) then go to service with the person you think will feel most awkward without you – or attend worship multiple times.  This will give you the opportunity to discuss what is taught with them later.
  4. Spend some time with your family focusing on Jesus and not candy or eggs. I am not bashing eggs or killing bunnies here, but let’s be honest, they have nothing to do with Jesus or his death and resurrection.  They can, though.  Eggs can be used to tell the story of salvation.  (https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Eggs-12-Piece-Religious-Figurines/dp/1602003920)  Honestly, I am not sure how to redeem the bunny myth, but make sure that you are focused on truth with your kids.  Specifically ask these questions and have these conversations.  –  Do you know why Jesus needed to die for us?  Because we are sinners. –   Do you know why Jesus would die for us?  He loves us. –   Where is Jesus now?  Reigning on His throne in Heaven at the right hand of God.

The gift of God’s grace is indescribable.
His love is immeasurable.
His glory is unfathomable.

So share it, shine it, and spread the great hope that our Savior lives!