Easter, Together

Taking Our Stand Where Hope Can Be Found

Jo-lynne’s life is real. She lives at a specific address. Her fingerprints are unique. Her needs are as wide as creation’s expanse. Her calls to God resound throughout Heaven’s court. We, as God’s people have an opportunity to respond. We have the opportunity this Resurrection season to make a difference. Haddon Robinson once observed, “Your neighbor is everyone whose need you see whose need God has equipped you to meet.” Jo-lynne, we see you.

Strength in numbers—we affirm the positive outcomes purposeful groups of God’s people can accomplish, together. This Easter season, whether it is you (from necessity) in solo practice, possibly with a few friends, or perhaps the greater work of a congregation, we take our stand where hope can be found—on Resurrection ground. The tomb is empty! He is risen as He said. Now, together let’s find her!

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him…Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Making a Difference, Sharing Hope 

Identifying Jo-lynne When You See Her

  1. Is Jo-lynne a child from another nation?www.worldvision.org
  2. Is Jo-lynne a child with special needs?
  3. Facebook Room at the Table—a Foster and Adoption Care group who maintain a resource closet 
  4. Darren and Stacey Gagnon, who live in Winona Lake, Indiana lead  www.lostsparrows.org
  5. Is Jo-lynne a single parent in your country?
  6. Is Jo-lynne suffering from substance abuse?
  7. Is Jo-lynne in need of employment?
  8. Is Jo-lynne hungry?
  9. Is Jo-lynne homeless?      www.fellowshipmissions.net
  10. Is Jo-lynne thirsty?
  11. Is Jo-lynne is need of clothing?
  12. Is Jo-lynne in prison?        www.prisonfellowship.org
  13. Is Jo-lynne pregnant?
  14. Is Jo-lynne a military veteran?     www.samaritanspurse.org

Search: What We Do for Operation Heal Our Patriots

15. Is Jo-lynne in need of encouragement?

Encouraging Jo-lynne specifically to her needs On Resurrection Day 2020, as the world appropriately focuses on a virus we also ask: Where, when and how can each of us continue blessing Jo-lynne? 

Resurrection Day truths certifying hope through Jesus Christ

            Hope has content  Acts 23:1-6; 24:10-16

            Hope has a basis   1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 1:27    

            Hope is a gift 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17                      

            Hope has substance Colossians 1:21-23

            Hope is a companion to knowledge  Ephesians 1:18                  

            Hope is the common experience for disciples   Ephesians 4:4                        

            Prayer of Commitment O God, thank you for the wonder of Resurrection Day. All your promises are made true in the Christ and for Him we are grateful. May your Spirit continue to reveal the tomb emptyfor no stone of heaven, or earth is capable of blocking Him Who is life.

            We long to celebrate the wonder of Resurrection Day with your people. This is an Easter most odd for many of us. Please bless us in our time of unexplored emotional and social distancing. May the disciples who previously lived in such times inform our decisions and moods.

            We affirm our belief in Christ proclaiming that in him, all things are new. We offer you our hearts in a search for Jo-lynne. We offer our actions as testimonies of faith. As You will in Heaven may it be so on Earth. 

            Please accept our strength and unity of purpose as we affirm, “He is Risen as he said.” Amen.

With thanks to Lauren Dangle as lyrics of her song “O,Lord” provided the phrase “I will take my stand where hope can be found;” and Ernst Hoffman for his article “Hope, Expectation.” In Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Vol 2. Edited by Colin Brown, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing), 4thprinting 1979.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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