Happy Easter! We have a sunrise service happening at 6:30 AM this morning and you are welcome to join us at the Celebration Lakeside Park. We will then have our regularly scheduled services at 8, 9:30 and 11:11 AM. However, these services will be far from regular as Pastors William and Bill candidly display the Gospel.

As you are contemplating Christ’s resurrection and all that was accomplished in His death and new life, know that there’s a river of grace, provision and peace flowing directly into your soul as you read this. It doesn’t stop, regardless of how we feel. The river that flowed from the temple in Ezekiel 47, bringing healing and restoration to the nations, is the same river that Jesus mentioned in John 7 would flow from your belly when you believe. It originates in the Spirit and manifests through your actions, prayers and love for others.

But how do we engage in that river? Jesus said “come and drink.” He was fulfilling Isaiah 55’s glorious invitation to come and eat and drink what you cannot afford. It’s priceless, but Jesus paid for it all in cash with His very blood. The river flowed from His side as He was crucified not only for us, but as us, being the first to have the river flow from His belly.

He does not require you to first follow protocols. He does not require perfect doctrine and theologies. He does not even require you to be in a good mood. Just drink. Open wide your mouth and gulp in His grace that washes away our inadequacy and stress. Receive acceptance. Be swept away, if only for a few moments, in the strong currents of His presence. Let Him carry you as you release control of tomorrow.

C.S. Lewis said, “joy is the serious business of heaven.” It was the joy (you and your enemies) set before Jesus that gave Him the strength to go to the cross. And it was the power of God that brought Him to life again, to be the first-born from the dead. It’s all been done for you. You are born again, because He was first born again. You have resurrection power flowing through your veins because His DNA is your DNA. Joy is always available because His joy never stops. Your participation is this Truth begins as you believe.

Let today be an awakening in your Spirit.

Ben Passmore