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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

4 Easter Tips

     Celebrate Easter making friends with these great tools--four acts of Love. (Read Here  last month's encouragement "Don't Be Friendly!") Thom & Joani Shultz share these in their book "Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore." (Harsh title, great book.)
     Easter is a time to celebrate & share new life. How? Well the first approach is friendship that matters. What's that? It's those four acts of Love, lived as friendship that is:

  1. Generous with radical hospitality (go out of your way to make a stranger feel at home);
  2. Honest with fearless conversation (dare to talk about things that make you feel uncomfortable trusting God can handle it.);
  3. Open up with genuine humility (allow God to surprise you with new things, ideas and people); and
  4. Hope-filled with Divine Anticipation (trust that God is doing something exciting even when you aren't or can't).
     God took the sting out of death, put the power in relationships and radically entrusted those gifts to you and me--ordinary people. It doesn't demand special status or skills, just a special God with our willingness to learn and serve.
     At Palmyra First we say Everybody's Welcome, Nobody's Perfect, & Anything's Possible. I believe that. I try to live it. The invitation for us all is to live it.
     Bring a friend to Easter worship. Make a friend at Easter worship. Connect throughout the life of the community as a friend of God in Christ.

10,000 Joys Living as a Friend of God, Pastor Dave

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