Trying to Understand Bad News

There are times when you read the news and move on in life. Then there are other times when the news impacts you internally. This past week I was punched because of the news. On one page in the Omaha World Herald [yes I still like to hold a newspaper in my hand rather than read online] there were articles on the 13 killed at an immigration office in New York state, the three police officers killed at a domestic dispute between a mom and son about a dog that had urinated on the carpet, and the man who killed his family and himself because his wife was leaving him for another man. When you take those stories and add the murder in Elkhorn of a 49 year old man by his 19 year old son and the murder-suicide in Dundee, my head and heart was heavy.

Yet, as I write this blog, I have a good friend who is losing his battle with cancer. He has been saying for the past week he is ready to go home, that he has ran a good race. Guess what, my heart and head isn't heavy whenever I go and visit Jim in the hospital.

Why is that? Hope.

Not that I hope bad people will be prevented from doing bad things. I have hope because I know that Jesus is alive. When I view these news articles, I need to look at everything with an "Holy Week" perspective. I know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I know that He rose from the dead and is alive. I know that I will see Jim in heaven and we have the hope and promise of eternal life.

Christ Community Church and other life-giving churches offer hope. That is what Easter week is about - telling or reminding others that there is hope. Please invite others to join with you in going to church to get a fresh dose of hope.

With all the news we read, hear and see - I'm sure you agree. Hope is needed.

My good friend Dusty sent me this suggesting reading to prepare for Easter. I encourage you to spend 15-30 minutes each day through Sunday reading and meditating on these verses.

Thursday (April 9, 2009)
-Lord’s supper (MATTHEW 26:26-30)
-Jesus prays in Gethsemane (MATTHEW 26:36-43)
Friday (April 10, 2009)
-Pilate surrenders Jesus to death (LUKE 23:1-25)
-While on the cross, Jesus gives 7 remarks in 6 hours
-Pardon (LUKE 23:34)
-Promise (LUKE 23:43)
-Care (JOHN 19:26,27)
-Despair (MATTHEW 27:46)
-Exhaustion (JOHN 19:28)
-Victory (JOHN 19:30)
-Death (LUKE 23:46)

Saturday, (April 11, 2009)
-Disciples respect the sabbath (LUKE 23:55,56)
-The guard at the tomb (MATTHEW 27:62-66)

Easter Sunday, (April 12, 2009)
-The Resurrection (LUKE 24:1-12)

On the journey,
Steve Walters
CCC-Sarpy Campus Pastor