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Sunday, April 16, 2006

It's Still Easter

In Jewish culture, sundown marks the beginning of a new day. So, technically, Easter has just come to a close in Atlanta as darkness falls. Technically, it's now the forth day and Easter has passed.

But, thankfully, what happened at the garden tomb cannot be contained.
And though it's the forth day, it's still Easter in our hearts.

Stunning news.
Christ came out of the tomb to live forever.
That day.
This day.
And every day until eternity.
And forever.

So.
Today He is alive.
Today is Easter.
And today we who believe are alive in Him.

He will never again die.
Nor will we.
Easter lives on.
Today.
And tomorrow.

The message is just as powerful on day four as day three.
Fear not.
Jesus is alive.
In you.

25 Comments:

  • AAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN !!!

    By Blogger Tiffany, at 4/16/2006 9:41 PM  

  • It has been a great day. Every year it is a new and amazing thing to be reminded of what Christ did. I pray that God would continue to help me remember to keep Christ the focus, God use me however you want!

    By Blogger C.J., at 4/16/2006 10:10 PM  

  • He's alive and He lives in all of us. O praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 4/16/2006 10:14 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you so much for your posts during this Easter weekend!
    And for reminding us that it was something so much greater than nails which held Jesus to the cross…
    His passion to see the Father glorified & His love to see us reconciled…
    that He is Alive now and forever more & alive in those who believe in Him!

    “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the Hope of glory.” Col 1:26-27

    How marvelous! How wonderful!
    And my song shall ever be
    How marvelous! How wonderful!
    Is my Savior’s love for me

    Blessings to you & your family~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 4/16/2006 10:20 PM  

  • How marvelous, how brilliantly
    Luminous, You shine on me
    And who can fail to give You awe
    To fear You, God, so sovereign and strong

    What a glorious day
    What a wonderful day, today
    What a glorious day
    What a wonderful day, today
    Glorious day

    -David Crowder Band

    Thank you Louie for an incredible message this morning at North Point. I never caught the part about John beating Peter to the tomb! What a beautiful metaphor for our running hard after God and ultimately finding that He has, indeed, risen!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2006 10:47 PM  

  • The following are excerpts from two emails sent by a friend of ours who said goodbye to his wife of thirty three years a week ago Saturday at the age of 52, after a 4 month battle with stomach cancer that was traced to a bacteria she picked up while they served on the mission field in Nepal...

    "This morning at 8:15, Jesus came to us and took Deb across that Red Sea into the Land that He has promised. He said that He was going to prepare a place for us, and now Deb is there. We have talked about this day, and I wouldn't wish her back. She and I have been expecting this for a couple of day now. Just before she went to be with Jesus she opened her eyes and looked at me. I was able to get close to her ear and whisper, "I love you" and "goodbye". A couple moments later she breathed her last on this side. I have a lot of emotions sweeping inside right now. My best friend, the true love of my life, my wife for almost 34 years has gone ahead for now. In 8 days however, we are all going to be celebrating an empty tomb. Because the tomb is empty I will see my honeybunch again. And then, there will be no parting. As you think about it yourselves, perhaps your Hallelujah's tomorrow and next Sunday will be fuller."

    "What a wonderful time of year to go to be with Jesus! We have Resurrection Sunday coming to reinforce the fact to our minds and hearts that because He lives, we too shall live. When Deb and I received the news that she had terminal cancer it took us both back. After the initial shock we knew we could trust our God. Deb's words to me were "Either way, I win! If the Lord heals me great. If He decides to take me home, even better" Well she has won the race. She has finished the course. She is now receiving the crown of righteousness. It won't be long and if we remain faithful, this honor will soon be ours. Forever in the presence of our Heavenly Father all because of the work of His Son, our Master, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!"

    "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loose" Jim Elliot

    Thank you Lord for the empty tomb!

    post script: Deb's remains will be transported to Nepal to be buried with the people she loved.

    By Blogger bev strob, at 4/16/2006 10:52 PM  

  • at Southeast Christian, a pretty conservative megachurch... they blacked out the house, and they began with "There is a light"- just the soft voice... and as he sang louder, the cross that is in the front lit up slowly - more and more brightly - until a video of a sunrise continued to fully unveil the glory of the sun... and hes singing sooo loudly as the entire congregation is lit up by the stage lights "THERE IS A LIGHT... HIS NAME IS JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD"

    it was amazing. i wish i had a movie clip of it.

    By Blogger Brandon, at 4/16/2006 10:57 PM  

  • Dear Louie and Passion06 Goers...

    I remember it so clearly: Passion, Purpose and Designer Jeans.

    I had walked in to the Gaylord Arena that morning, still in awe of our awesome God from the night before. Still amazed at how indescribably HUGE He is... and how insignificantly SMALL I am. "And yet... it's SIGNIFICANT INSIGNIFICANCE..." it was said... "because we are known and loved by Majesty... the Creator who made everything we've seen tonight."

    Ok... so maybe that's not an exact quote, but it's close... and I was in awe of my King.

    So in I walked... excited that we still had one more chance to meet together before heading home to spread the Good News to everyone around us.

    And it was in that session... as Louie shared with us about Passion, Purpose, and Designer Jeans, that I felt like it was time to let go of my fears of failure, and pursue my passion for music for the glory of God. I tried the whole "music thing" for a few years, but I gave up... There are way too many people doing it, and doing it better than I could ever dream of. And what if I failed? Would I still be "in the hug?" Like many of you that were there that week in Nashville... God used Louie to inspire and encourage me that morning...

    And now, just a little over 3 months later, I have 2 songs that I am thrilled about!

    I don't really know a good way to do this, but I want to be able to share this with anyone who was there that week at Passion... so for the next week or two, if anyone would like them... just send me an email (freesongs@notthatmuch.com) and mention Passion06... I'll send 'em to ya... free... just want to share with everyone else who was there that week!

    And while we're at it... does anyone have other stories of how they've pursued their passion for the glory of God since Passion? I think it would be a great testimony to the power of God working in His people to hear what all everyone else has been up to with their "Boutique Jeans!"

    "Still in the Hug,"
    =rg=

    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 4/16/2006 10:57 PM  

  • Louie,

    thank you for sharing in this time of great victory with us!

    ' And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying'

    " Blessing and honor and glory and power, be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the lamb, forever and ever!"

    then the four living creatures said "Amen"! and the twentyfour elders fell down and worshiped Him

    who L I V E S forever and ever!!

    ~Revelation 5:13-14

    By Blogger eliz, at 4/16/2006 11:02 PM  

  • by the way louie, i watched passport.

    it was phenomenal.

    p.s. interesting fact: heaven is 1400 miles high, and is divided into twelve sections. That's almost 493 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other... just to make 1 section!!!!!!! Heaven is 7,392,000 ft HIGH...

    its a big big party

    By Blogger Brandon, at 4/16/2006 11:16 PM  

  • Rob! interesting you ask. I wasn't at Passion, and neither was a friend... but he just mentioned to me LAST NIGHT that he thinks it would be really awesome to open up his own clothing line so he could just give away all the money to missions.

    it made me smile.

    By Blogger Brandon, at 4/16/2006 11:20 PM  

  • Brandon,

    funny that your church had to turn off the lights... lightning struck our neighborhood transformer; so, in a way, God turned off the lights (and we broke out the Christmas candles:) So, you see, it's still Christmas, and Easter, all year long!

    Rob,

    I've got several stories of how God's leading has been around, even since P06, in my life. It's actually quite amazing, although it's not always and not only a "feeling" thing, although often it is. I've posted some stories on my blog, for any who are interested.

    Christ is risen!

    By Blogger Silke, at 4/16/2006 11:39 PM  

  • Although it's a day late, let me just say.....


    HE IS RISEN!

    By Anonymous Steve-o, at 4/17/2006 8:42 AM  

  • Brandon,
    That is awesome what happened at Southeast. A great way to celebrate Easter. I've been there once and I've listened to some of their sermons, I think what Souteast does is amazing.

    How Marvalous, How Wonderful, is my saviors love for me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2006 9:46 AM  

  • YES HE LIVES!!!!Forever and ever HE LIVES!!And HE LIVES IN US!!!
    HE IS ALIVE!!!!AMEN!!!!!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 4/17/2006 10:19 AM  

  • Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph over souls, he arose a victor from the dark domains and he lives forever with his saints to reign; he arose, he arose, halleiguhah(sp?) Christ arose!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2006 10:33 AM  

  • When you think of Jesus is alive it reminds me of this old song...

    Alive, Alive, Alive forever more--My jesus is alive, alive forever more....and so on....I can't sing but that song always pops in my head when I think of him being alive and risen.....what a beautiful day it was yesterday....he has risen.....

    By Blogger shelly, at 4/17/2006 11:49 AM  

  • thanks for taking the time to share God's words from easter, louie. was SO good for the soul to hear.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2006 1:06 PM  

  • Shelly, I love that song!

    Jesus is alive!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2006 3:39 PM  

  • 'Christ in me, the hope of glory!'
    craaazy...

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 4/17/2006 4:42 PM  

  • AMEN!!!!!

    By Blogger Mary, at 4/17/2006 10:33 PM  

  • amen to that!

    like a few others who've commented already, the first thing I thought of as I read ure last few lines of text was that verse in colossians about christ, the hope of glory being in us.

    bf

    By Anonymous brandon f, at 4/18/2006 7:00 AM  

  • Amen brother

    By Blogger iamnot, at 4/18/2006 12:34 PM  

  • did u know the album says 'everyone glorious' on itunes, after i rip the songs from my cd? just fyi :o)

    By Blogger handNfoot, at 4/19/2006 12:26 PM  

  • Hi Louie. It's 3days after Easter now, yet I am still in awe of God's mercy and love and greatness - we had a powerful Easter worship experience! He is alive! I wanted to thank you for Thirsty - it was revitalising three days for this worship leader. I also wanted to let you that I had put a blog up some months ago about a subject you mentioned in your breakout "Marks of True Worship" - man as a fragrant offering to God - I think you will find interest in it - www.xanga.com/glover17. blessings, drew.

    By Anonymous drew, at 4/19/2006 4:56 PM  

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