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Apostles Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

Pastor

Dear Friends,
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed. Alleluia! Even though the world has moved on from the Easter Bunny and Chocolate eggs as soon as Monday April 17th came, Christians are still celebrating the fact that Jesus didn’t stay dead and is alive today (in fact we will be celebrating for all 7 weeks of the Easter season)! Jesus died in our places for our sins and rose from the dead to give forgiveness and a new life for all people.
Unfortunately not all people believe that (which is why they substitute candy and bunnies for the reality of Easter).  Even though more than 2.1 billion people in the world profess faith in Jesus, that is only about 1/3 of the 6.9 billion people in the world. Many people in this very country that we call home are skeptical not only about the resurrection of Jesus, but about God and the Christian faith in general. Some of this comes from the old sinful nature that hates God and wants nothing to do with Him. That old human nature lives in every one of us. Some comes from not having clear answers to questions and objections they have about Jesus and the Christian faith.

Fortunately, our God is a God of reality. He created the world and still loves it and blesses it. He wants all people to come to know and
trust in Him. To that end, God provides plenty of evidence and help to meet the questions and answer the hardest questions about Jesus, this life we live and the world we inhabit. To help you grow in your faith and also to have an answer for those who don’t believe (or are struggling with belief) I am recommending two books for you.  “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” by Rev. Tim Keller published by Penguin Books (ISBN 978 -1594483493) and “Why Should I Trust the Bible?” by Rev. A. Trevor Sutton, published by Concordia Publishing House (ISBN 978-07586-5184-6).  Both of these books answer many of the most common objections people have to the Christian Faith and to the reliability of the Bible. Once objections are answered, people can then consider the claims that Jesus makes and continue the journey towards trusting in Him.
The resurrection (Easter) is the clearest proof that everything Jesus said is true and can be trusted. This truth gives us a new life along with Jesus, a new life that we share with those who who are yet to believe. He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!
Blessings,

Pastor Andrew