He is Risen!
On Sunday, April 1st, we will celebrate Resurrection Sunday along with Christians throughout the world! More than just an exciting story, the resurrection is the central teaching of the Christian faith. If it could be disproved, as some have tried to do throughout history, Christianity would collapse like a house of cards. The Apostle Paul makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 that Christianity stands or falls on the reality of the resurrection:
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
So how do we know that Jesus actually died, was buried and rose again? If we check out the first verses of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul tells us that there were many people who witnessed these things: Cephas (Peter) saw Jesus after his death and burial and later the twelve. Jesus also appeared to 500 people at one time. This could hardly be a hallucination! He also appeared to James and all the apostles, including Paul. And, since many of these witnesses were still alive at the writing of Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth, Paul is essentially encouraging his readers to check this out further with these witnesses.
As Christians, it is essential that our beliefs are based upon historical realities! And we can rest assured that the resurrection, this central event and belief of Christianity, stands up to close scrutiny.
He is risen!
November has been a pivotal month for Denny Park Lutheran Church! On Nov. 12th the Council voted to expand DPLC’s ministry in order to better serve the South Lake Union neighborhood, and on Nov. 26th the congregation agreed to move forward with this direction!
What this means:
DPLC is strategically positioned in the midst of a fast-growing, high-tech neighborhood. Our vision is to respond to the holistic needs of our neighborhood, to be a home to Christian congregations and service organizations, and to accommodate events and activities that could serve to break down barriers and provide openings for Gospel-centered spiritual exploration and community.
We look forward to all that God has in store for us as we enter a new year! We will have further details to share in the weeks ahead as this new venture gets off the ground. We know that God has used DPLC throughout its history to provide support and encouragement to many people, especially newcomers in this city. It is our prayerful hope that we can continue this tradition in creative and effective ways in 2018 and beyond!
Pastor Deborah Lunde
During the month of November, as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day, we often focus on the attitude of thanksgiving or gratitude.
If you’re like me, sometimes we naturally feel grateful for the blessings in our lives but at other times we may be more aware
of our limitations and what we lack.
Paul’s words to the Colossians in 3:15-17 are a strong encouragement regarding the source of thankfulness in our lives:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.Here we are exhorted to allow the “peace of Christ to rule in [our] hearts.” This peace is
more than a sense of calm. This peace is an objective condition that is ours when God is our friend and all is well with us because
of what Christ has accomplished for us. It comes from God through Christ as the giver, who has made this peace for us through
his death and resurrection. Because of the action of Jesus Christ, we are presented holy and blameless before God. Now that
is something to be thankful for!
The Apostle Paul also encourages us to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” This is the word concerning Christ’s
nature, power and saving work in our lives. Christ’s peace and Christ’s Word, are wonderful gifts to us!
When we reflect on these gifts, rather than dwelling on our difficulties or problems, we find cause to rejoice and to give thanks to God! And it is out of God’s grace and mercy that we can then “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and…sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God!”
Pastor Deborah Lunde