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Spring is my favorite season of the year. While each season has its distinctive traits, Spring is my favorite because everything is coming back to life as the flowers and trees bloom and the grass turns green. Psalm 19:1, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” The new life that Spring brings to the flowers and trees coincides with the celebration of Easter and the new life that Jesus Christ provides to all who will trust Him as their Savior and Lord. Bottom line … Springtime is a wonderful time not only for newness in the blooms on the trees, but for newness in our lives The message of Easter is that God provides us with the opportunity to start a new life filled with hope, joy and peace between us and God as well as between us and others. This new life is experienced through a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” It has been said that a person can live four weeks without food, four days without water and four minutes without air. But a person cannot live one second without hope. The message of Easter is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and He rose from the dead to secure the victory for our salvation. This means that we have certain hope of being able to enjoy the new life that God provides through faith in Jesus. We all have areas of life in which we would like a new start. This new start cannot be accomplished by trying harder to do better. After all, this is what we have already tried that has left us tired and longing for a new start. So, let’s try a radical new approach. The Bible teaches that this new life we so badly want and need is available to us. It is available to us by faith in Jesus Christ.

This Sunday, March 27 is Easter. This season of the year is a time for new beginnings. I want to encourage you to make plans now to be at church this Sunday for Easter worship and to respond in faith to God. I would love for you and your family to join me and my family at Centennial Baptist Church for Easter. Centennial Baptist Church will be offering a free breakfast at 9:00am in the fellowship building and Easter worship at 10:00am in the sanctuary. Also, this Friday, March 25 we are hosting two community events at Centennial. At 6:00pm we will have a Good Friday worship service, including the Lord’s Supper. The other event on Friday, March 25 will be Centennial’s Community Egg Hunt at 7:00pm. We are doing things a little different this year. There will be barbeque for sale from Potts BBQ’s food truck. There will be games for the kids, hayrides and a glow in the dark egg hunt. You can find more details about all of the Easter week events at Centennial Baptist Church by visiting us online at www.centennialbaptist.org or by calling the church office at 706-557-2120.

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