Where is God’s Almighty Power?

“A city full of churches, Great preachers, lettered men,
Grand music, choirs and organs, If these all fail–what then?
Good workers, eager, earnest, Who labor by the hour:
But where, oh where my brother, Is God’s Almighty Power.
Refinement-education, They have the very best.
Their plans & schemes are perfect, They give themselves no rest.
They get the best of talent, They try their uttermost,
But what they need my brother, Is God — the Holy Ghost” Unknown

The Empty Tomb

If one does not believe the Resurrection to be true, he must first explain the empty tomb. Where is the body of Christ? Why would the disciples steal the body? None of the disciples received wealth or political status for preaching the Resurrection of Christ. They all received torture, imprisonment, and/or death because of it. (2 Cor 11:22–25) Why would they die for a lie? Even the soldiers were paid to say that the disciples stole the body. (Matt 28:11–15)

“This involves men testifying about what happened while they slept!1

One cannot accept this as a valid testimony. Guards would have been put to death for losing a prisoner while sleeping (Acts 12:19; 16:27). Also if the body was stolen, why were the wrappings left and why was the headpiece left neatly rolled in the tomb? (John 20:7)

1. www.BibleStudyLessons.com. assessed in the Fall of 1996(?).

Give thanks

I don’t know if there are others out there like me, but every now and then I struggle with going to church. Now it’s not the church’s fault, but sometimes as life pulls on you, you just don’t feel like worshipping, praying, or even serving. Today was one of those days. I felt like a mindless zombie going through the motions (you know: smiling, shaking hands, high fiving the kids,..), but when it came to the worship time, I just couldn’t sing. I felt that I had no song in me. Sunday school worship….nothing. Church worship…nothing. Three quarters through the evening service…nothing, …..until we came to the second to last song: Give Thanks.


GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
GIVE THANKS TO THE HOLY ONE
GIVE THANKS FOR HE’S GIVEN JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON
AND NOW LET THE WEAK SAY I AM STRONG
LET THE POOR SAY I AM RICH
BECAUSE OF WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR US
GIVE THANKS…
Maybe you are confused about God’s will for your life and sometimes you don’t know how or what to pray for in your life. The one thing you can do is give thanks.
NAU 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Give thanks for who God is, for what he has done, for Christ saving you, or for what you currently have.
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 109:30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the LORD; And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
Ephesians 5:20 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God…