Religion vs Relationship


It has taken me a long time to realize that the church is not the same as Jesus. Going to church is not the same as worship.

What I seek and what I want is a real relationship with God. This world can not provide me with all the answers and man-made leaders are not worthy. I seek to worship The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I want more.

It’s all up to me to make it happen. It’s all up to you too.



Easter is my favorite day of the year. For me, it is better than Christmas…as it should be.

Yesterday, my church closed out the glorious Easter service with Handel’s Hallelujah chorus from his fantastic oratorio “Messiah”. What is interesting about this musical piece is Handel’s unrelenting fervor in composing this masterpiece. Handel was nearly broke, old, a stroke survivor and out of favor with the musical community. This did not discourage him. Handel assembled something wonderful which became a classic that lives on in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. It is quite simple magnificent.

It is said that after Handel completed the Hallelujah chorus, his assistant found him in tears saying “I did think I saw heaven open, and saw the very face of God”. ( Handel’s wild hair flying about his face and the tears in his eyes were the foreshadowing of a song that would make even King’s stand in awe.

That’s Easter. It’s beyond our ability to put into words really. It’s so outrageous and so divine that to reduce down to mere words is almost impossible.

Music lifts the soul and is a promised part of heaven. Something tells me that the Hallelujah chorus is just the beginning.

He is Risen.

He is Risen Indeed…Hallelujah.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: Revelation 14:2,3

Are you ready?


I’m finishing up my list of things “to do”. New outfit? Check. New shoes? Check. Fresh hair cut? Check. It’s almost Easter and I’m ready.


Growing up some of my best memories of Easter are the pageantry, the new clothes and shoes and the delicious celebration meal after Sunday services complete with bunny cake.


Dying eggs for the Easter hunt, putting up colorful ribbons and listening to the choral practice were all a small part of the Easter preparation. The anticipation was astounding. As a child, I knew it was a special season of worship and I was never disappointed.


I’m jumping ahead for this one day as I prepare for the difficult days of remembrance. Today, I want to remember the preparation for the celebration. After this, I HAVE to remember the time of reflection and grief. I am going to walk through the tough times to get to the good news.


As an adult, I still get excited at Easter. It now ranks as my favorite time of the year. This is as it should be. It is a never-ending reminder that I worship a risen Savior. The beautiful flowers, streamers and colors of Easter Sunday herald us all into a time of great joy. So, put on your bonnet, put on your new shoes and worship Jesus. Look your best for the King.


He is Risen…He is Risen indeed.

Looks can be deceiving.


Things are not always as they seem and looks can be deceiving.

People expected the Messiah to come as a warrior King who would arrive slaying their enemies.  Instead, Jesus came as a peace-filled baby, born in a barn.

They wanted a warrior; instead, they saw the King of Kings ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Nothing Jesus did was what they perceived as being the actions of a Savior who would set them free from the challenges of their times. Regardless of the miracles He performed, and the words of faith He spoke, people still harbored doubts. In fact, they were so fickle that they turned on Jesus at the first opportunity.

Some things never change.

Isn’t it sad that they didn’t see what the Pharisees saw? The Pharisees saw a threat to their authority, they saw danger and they saw that Jesus shook the status quo.

Don’t be deceived by the things of this world. Don’t be deceived by false prophets. Don’t be deceived by people who would use any means to discredit our Lord and Savior.

This week reminds us of that danger. Don’t look back – take that first step and believe with your whole heart. Pick up your cross and follow Him.

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not”. John1:10