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Two things are vitally important as we head into two weeks of Ormond Passion Play presentations.  Both involve our support.

 

First, we need to continue praying diligently for God to be exalted in every aspect of this production.  This play is serious stuff. It is the Gospel. We should not take it lightly.  Prayer is essential if we want the performances of The Promise to penetrate the hearts of those who attend--either for salvation or for sanctification.

 

Secondly, we must put feet to our prayers and bring people to see and hear the Gospel in the impacting way it is dramatized by your fellow Riverbend members. Remember, this play is an evangelistic tool. It may be the one method God uses to clarify the truth for many folks. But they must be present, and we must get them here. 

 

Please place in your Passion Play priorities: 1) praying for all elements of the play to be God-glorifying, and 2) bringing people to the play so they can gain a deeper understanding of the Gospel.

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While checking through several websites about Easter, I was saddened at the heavy emphasis on Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and all sorts of worldly promotions. There was very little on any of those websites to suggest Easter as a religious holiday.

 

It's sad that one of the most proven facts in history--the resurrection of Jesus--is barely considered or mentioned in those promotional tools about Easter.

 

This holiday, considered the most sacred of all spiritual holidays, should be all about the "empty" cross and the "empty" tomb.  

 

The empty cross fulfilled the prophecy given hundreds of years before that God (as Jesus) would come to the earth and die barbarically on a cross to pay for the sins of those who would repent and trust in Him alone for eternal life. 

 

Upon His death, Jesus' body was taken down, leaving the blood-stained cross empty, just as prophesied. His body was then placed in a borrowed tomb on Friday. But on Sunday He resurrected from the grave, proving His deity and completing God's provision for our salvation.


As we fellowship with family and friends on Easter (April 20), let's remind everyone that Easter specifically commemorates Resurrection Day, the most significant day in all of history. 

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