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...

I am in AWE of God’s blessings to His church. He provides in so many ways both big and small, but most importantly, we, as a church family, are blessed together in Christ Jesus. When we come together as a church and follow the mandates of God, He blesses us because of our faithfulness, and we are blessed with fruitfulness and fullness. Let me explain using Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:14-16). Paul writes of faithfulness in the church. He talks of their Generosity in verse 14: “Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.” The building of the Early Church was no simple task, and all the disciples gave up much, even their lives, to do so. Even then, most of their work would have been impossible without the faithfulness of the churches they built. Paul commended the Philippians’ generosity. They assisted Paul in his times of adversity and supported his work however they could. They were a faithful partner in ministry. Paul writes about the fruitfulness that comes from joint efforts in ministry. In Philippians 4:17 he says, “Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.” Paul rejoiced...

I want to dwell at the feet of God. I want to live in awe of Him. Don’t you? So what’s stopping us? While that seems like a simple question, the complexities of life keep getting in the way. The simple answer is nothing. Living in awe of God is a choice. We make it; we do it. But to put aside the obstacles we face and experience genuine awe and a relationship with Him, we need to understand what those obstacles are and how to overcome them. God’s rulebook, His Holy Word, gives us all we need to know. Think about the story of Mary, Martha’s sister. Mary lived in awe of the Lord when others did not and, and she experienced a deep and abiding joy because of that awe. Look at Luke 10:38-42: “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has...

What fills you with awe? A perfectly formed flower? Towering mountains? A beautiful day at the beach? Massive storms? Maybe it’s the perfectly turned phrase of your favorite writer or the breathtaking magnificence of a painting in a museum. Some people are in awe of the nuances and grandeur of architecture. Some are in awe of money. Others walk through life and are never in awe of anything. The dictionary defines awe as “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder” or as “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like.” I hear people use the word awe all the time when talking about people they admire, the beauty of nature, or something that inspires them. I appreciate all of those. I have people I admire. And I love a day out on the boat enjoying the ocean. But my AWE is reserved for my Lord, God Almighty. I am overwhelmed by Him. I am overwhelmed by the detail and thought He put into the creation of each human, flower, plant, and animal. I am overwhelmed by the Grace He shows us and the Love He feels for us. Daniel talks of...