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Being a dad is not easy. It takes time, dedication, effort, strength, love, patience, and so much more. Having access to both parents, or having strong parental role models, can be vital to a child’s development. As we approach Father’s Day, we have a special message for all the Dads out there and for those who fill that role for children who need a father figure. Dads Matter! I can’t think of a single part of my life that is more difficult and rewarding than being a Dad. But I wouldn’t trade a minute. This weekend, I would like to ask you to join me as we honor those men who step up and accept the call to be a Dad! In Ephesians, Paul notes that the command to honor your father and mother is the first commandment with a promise. Children honor their parents so “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” As Followers of Jesus, we do not need to be told about the importance of fatherhood. Scripture is filled with dozens of verses on fathers and the responsibilities of fatherhood. Fathers are essential to the well-being of their children. You and I are doubly...

Read Luke 24:1-12 Mornings are a time of renewal. A fresh start. They are the beginning of a new day and as such they bring a new opportunity. I (Pastor Rich) wake up early every morning to do my daily devotional and to spend time with the Lord. It’s how I start my day off right. We read a lot about mornings in God’s Word. Joshua was a man who rose early in the morning. Jesus prayed early each day. Abraham rose early one morning to take Isaac to Mt. Moriah. Jacob woke one morning and built a pillar of stones at Bethel to honor God. Daniel woke one morning in a Lion’s den after a night of heavenly protection. One morning, however, changed the world. Here’s Dr. Robyn’s vision of what that morning looked like. The women were quiet as they walked through the pre-dawn light carrying their bundles of spices and strips of cloth to prepare the body for burial. The only sounds were the occasional sob and the crunch of their sandals on the rocky path. The air was cold, but none of the women complained. They were enveloped in sorrow, numb with the pain of loss. Mary Magdalene walked with her...

As we approach Passover, I want to take just a few minutes to have a heart-to-heart with you about why Passover, and the entire Easter season, is so important to each of us here at Trinity Church. Passover is: • an integral part of our relationship with God • the fulfillment of a promise and a new covenant between God and each of us • a call to obedience and a promise of great blessings if we obey To truly understand what Passover means to us today, we have to look at where and why it began in the first place. God commanded His people to come together three times a year to feast and give sacrifices (Deuteronomy 16:16). They did this even when they were in captivity in Egypt. Leading up to their last Feast of Passover in that country, God promised His children: “I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:5-6). He made it clear that this was to be a time of new beginnings: “This month is to be for you the first...