Weekly Article - 4/20/22

Golden Valley Christian Church

 

            Christians around the world just celebrated the most sacred holiday of the year.  Most of us love Christmas time with all the splendor that accompanies it, but Easter is the epitome of the hope of all mankind.  The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and the empty tomb gives all believers the hope of eternal life after death.  Easter was originally a pagan festival, celebrating spring, long before the advent of Christianity.  “Easter” was the name of an Anglo-Saxon England goddess.  The earliest recorded history of a Christian Easter is from the second century.  However, the Bible tells us how the early Christians rejoiced as they greeted the resurrected Jesus.  No matter how history records the origin of this celebration, it does not take away the reason Christians celebrate the peace and hope from our resurrected Savior (John 14:1-7).

            Last Sunday was a true day of celebration at GVCC.  The day started at 7:00 AM, when the men of the church gathered to prepare a delicious breakfast for everyone to enjoy at the designated time of 9:00 AM.  All of the ladies extend a big “thank you” to these great cooks!  After breakfast, an egg hunt was enjoyed by the young people, ending up with overflowing baskets of goodies.  During the worship service, the youth of the church brought Easter specials of scripture-reading, poetry, and song.  Fellowship was in abundance!  On a weekly basis, the GV Charity Crafters meet Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, and Bible study is at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays.

            Bro Elmer’s message centered around the resurrection of Jesus.  Many people still deny this historical event.  Some people believe the tomb was empty because Jesus did not die, or His body was stolen, or it could just be man’s hallucinations.  Bro Elmer likened Christianity to a wrestling match, how we struggle with so many outside influences.  As Christians, we must remain strong and encourage one another.  Death was not God’s goal for Adam; death came from sin.  But Jesus defeated death, and we now have hope.  Jesus, through His own death and resurrection, has provided the path for us, as believers, to have eternal life with Him (1 Thess 4:13-18).

            Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 AM, and the morning worship service is at 10:30.  Our interim minister is Elmer Fuller, and our website is www.goldenvalleycc.org, where you will also find links to access our Facebook page and YouTube sermons.  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.

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