Easter is here!

“Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!”

Spring has sprung and we are adjusting to the additional hour of
daylight each day. There are signs of the changing of the seasons with
flowers in bloom and grass beginning to grow again (I just mowed mine
for the first time in a long time).

The pandemic is still with us, and it’s still important for each of us to
help mitigate the spread of the virus. For me, that means getting the
vaccine. I received my first dose a few weeks ago and will get the
second one this month.

I remember vividly the news of our schools closing last March, and
how our church responded to the spread of the virus by discontinuing
in person meetings. I saw a Facebook “memory” picture of me sitting in
an orange Vol shirt while doing the first Wednesday livestream from my
house–I think more of you were excited to see me in that shirt than
hear anything else I said! (FYI–I’m still an Auburn fan)

Yes, this past year has been filled with a great deal of uncertainty—for
all of us. Our leadership challenged us to remain faithful in our financial
and prayerful support while “being where you need to be” as it related
to the virus. We went through the ordeal of lost rhythms of life,
graduations, celebrations, and special events.

It’s been a stressful time for our nation. Pandemic fatigue has hit a
new high and we are all just about fed up with being fed up with
COVID19 and everything that goes with it. And, there have been mass
shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado. So, there’s a lot at home
and abroad to concern us.

Although these experiences may be unique, they are not new. Life is
not easy, and it was into this kind of world that Jesus came. We’ve
made it to Easter and are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Christ. And with this mind, I’m also praying for a resurrection and
renewal of spirit to occur in First Baptist Church as well.

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once wrote that the
church has too many “admirers” when what Christ really wants are
“imitators.” Jesus not only took up his own cross but challenges each of
us to do the same. Easter is an ideal time to renew your relationship
with Christ and involvement in the church.

I’m excited about what is yet to come for 2021. The church staff is still
sorting out and anticipating what things will look like later this year. I
look forward to being able to ordain new deacons, dedicate babies and
their parents, celebrate graduates, and share in the Ordinances of the
Lord’s Supper and Baptism all at different points along the way. Special
moments like this have been missed, and my hope is for them to take
place once again in the near future.

I’ll look forward to seeing more of you in person and others of you
online. Let’s keep on keeping on and remember “Christ is Risen

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