Guest speaker, Gene McConnell, gives us a contrast between healthy and unhealthy shame. Healthy shame exposes our depravity without attacking our identity. Healthy guilt is the fear of consequences. Unhealthy shame is belief, not a feeling. It connects identity to behavior. To find health, we must come in to the light of authentic relationships!
Rick Olmstead can’t think of another Easter in history when people needed more hope. We wonder, “Is there anything I can count on?” Well, we can count on the resurrection! What does this new life mean for us? Our future is not at risk! Our past is not unforgivable! The best is yet to come!
Rick Olmstead wonders how the cross, a brutal method of execution, has become a fashionable accessory. Jesus endured that brutal execution for us. Often, we ignore our sin. Or try to earn our way to heaven. Or just give up. But what we need is the “self-substitution of God” or Jesus to take our place.
Rick Olmstead asks, “Who is Jesus?” Everybody has their own opinion. Following Jesus requires a measure of faith, but not BLIND faith. There is evidence for Jesus. Contemporaries wrote about him. The Bible points the way to him. He claimed to be God, demonstrated God-like power, offered forgiveness, received worship and rose from the dead!