The Cross, Easter, Death and Life

Easter matters, that much is known.  But why does it matter?  Because our lives matter. When Christ died on the cross was when matter and purpose entered into existence.  Now our lives can have purpose.

Not all lives, unfortunately possess this great purpose.  What we do to make ourselves look, feel, sound, seem better or comfortable isn’t something that will fill our lives with that purpose.  The miracle of Easter Sunday, and even Holy Week leading up to the holiday is something so grand that happened over 20 centuries ago, and it’s impact is greater than any event in history.

The miracle of Easter Sunday and how we view it and understand it can shape our lives because Easter isn’t some Springtime holiday.  It’s a call, for us all, particularly Christians to die to ourselves and surrender everything at the cross, just as Jesus did for us.  This is a daily condition of being a disciple of Jesus.  This is where we find true life in our journey to the cross.

Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball Mentally tough special team

The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team made history.  The team did so by going the farthest any team in school history had gone by advancing to the regional tournament in the 2014-2015 season.

This is also the farthest Coach Jeff Fitch, who has been the head basketball coach of the program since it opened in 1999 has gotten with the team.

In 16 years, Fitch has tutored some good talent in Birdville jerseys, but this team was special. Fitch said the reason this team was extra special was because of their confidence “It’s 90% of the battle,” Fitch said.

He explained that because the team’s two star players DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells had been playing the game of Basketball for so long, they weren’t really phased by the bigger challenges of competition.

The team does owe a big part of their post-season run success to DJ Draper, who had 27 points against favored Arlington Heights in the second round playoff game.  Draper would match that total in the team’s playoff loss to Palo Duro, not to forget his 3 pointer at the end of regulation is what sent that game to overtime.   At the end of the day though, this was a team effort, that’s what will be remembered more than anything.

Birdville Mens basketball historic run ends at hands of Palo Duro

SNYDER: The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team’s historic run came to an end Friday evening at the Western Texas College Coliseum as the Palo Duro Dons (22-5) rallied from an early 15 point deficit in what was a  crazy double overtime game (72-68) to advance to the Semi Final Regional Championship game against the winner of Fort Worth Dunbar and El Paso Andress High School.

The Dons were led by junior guard Amari White, who came up clutch for Palo Duro, scoring 10 of his 13 points in overtime, netting a 3 pointer and a then a layup back to back in less than a minute in the first overtime, giving Palo Duro the spark they needed to pull away with this one.

Birdville was led by the outside shooting of Senior guards DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells, who combined for a total of 42 of the team’s 68.  Draper, who had a game high 26 sent the game into overtime by scoring a desperation 3 at the buzzer at the end of regulation.  The Birdville Hawks basketball team made history making it their first trip in school history to the regional tournament since the school opened the doors in 1999.  The Hawks finished with an overall record of 22-11, 9-2 in district, 9-0 at home.

Easter-hope

Lent has began.  Most of lent is solemn, and for good reason.  The time leading up to Resurrection Sunday is focused on when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted by Satan.

Then there’s Easter Sunday.  Easter is the day Jesus proved to reign victorious over death, and thus we live by his grace to worship him.  Easter is about hope. The hope we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Right now, you are reading this and you haven’t experienced that hope in your life, I encourage you to change that.  Maybe you are a Christian, but you are stuck in sin.

We all have those rough patches, at one time or another whether it be with an addiction or whatever.  I can testify to that, as I’ve gone through them, I understand.  Will we ever be perfect in our Earthly lives? No  Will we still sin?

Yes, we all fall. If you are a guy (not just a teenage boy) there is a pretty good chance you have lustful thoughts and desires throughout the day, or week (I know I do).  The key here, is to not act on these thoughts.  Don’t even flirt with sexually immorality.  The instant you do, you allow Satan to trap you in this black hole. where you are stuck.   Jesus died on the cross to absolve us from ALL our sins, and he was resurrected so our chains of sin would be broken.

The question you have to ask yourself if you are in an addiction is this: Who do you want to be later in life?   The chains have been broken, you are free to go but we choose to stay stuck.   Jesus died and rose again so we could live eternally, with him.   Easter is about hope.

Lukewarmness

When we play Simon says we do what Simon says, but in the church we have a tendency to not do what Jesus says.

Of course we do what Simon says because we are self motivated to do so. We want to win. Church is different.

In the church you see, we are called to turn from that way of life.    Paul tells us in Romans that man has a tendency to suppress God’s truth (Romans 1:18) that’s our problem.   It’s why most our churches are filled with lukewarm Christians.

There is no greater threat in the church today, than that.  It’s so damaging because it prevents the church from advancing, from fulfilling her mission.

  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.”  Matthew 28:20

Today, many Pastors  approach this trying to fix the problem in Evangelization. But even that creates other problems., if not done properly.  Many churches, instead of focusing on the one constant: Jesus Christ are lured into Satan’s trap to stop the advancement of the church.

We can study all the methods in the church culture today we want, but at the end of the day the one method that still works to this day is a much simple thing: Investing in someone’s life

Additional thoughts on Lent

I’ve been thinking lately about the up-coming season. Lent is coming. I’ve already posted a few times about it, if you aren’t familiar with what lent is, I suggest you become familiar with it.  I just wanted to reiterate the fact that lent isn’t merely a season of the church, but a reminder for Christians, everywhere to die and become one with Jesus.  Let’s not forget though, Lent is our practice for the big game: Easter Sunday.  Easter isn’t just another day in the calendar of the church, either.  Easter reminds us of our brokeness, which if you are a follower of Jesus I would encourage to embrace.  Easter is about embracing it all. The Cross, The Resurrection, and the greatest mission of the church: The Great Commission.

Conferences.. Lent post

This is another part of my Lenten series, which I’ll be attempting to frequently update on about here on this blog for the next two months.  

This seems to be the season for conferences within the church.

Last month I went with a friend to his church for a Men’s conference. This month there is a big discipleship conference at another friend’s church.  I wish I were going, but due to money situation it’s not something I can afford.

Also, later this month there is an even bigger conference on global discipleship.  You might be familiar with “Cross Con” which you can see if you click the hyper link took place in late December of 2013.

In April, Dr. David Platt, president of the Missions board in the Southern Baptist convention will be returning to his formal place of shepherding, the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.  Platt will be, once again hosting “Secret Church”.   I will add more about Secret Church later and the information on it.