Thursday March 31- …and Peter

Mark 16:7

7 “But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, as He told you.”

This is the strangest verse in the whole Easter story. All of world history will change from that day forward. Go ahead, give an honest assessment of what happens in the world from the time of the resurrection of Jesus onward. Everything changes and it still is changing.

This is still true for each of us today.

When Jesus breaks into your life, you are not the same. You are someone whose whole life is opened to new possibilities. But, what does this have to do calling this the strangest verse?

Think about it. We have been studying the Gospel of Mark for over a year. And in all this time, it seems like we are reading the Jesus and Peter Show. Especially during Holy Week.

Peter is not a very sympathetic person in the story. He is actually a washout. A hypocrite. A liar. A traitor. A horrible friend. I call him worse than Judas, because he is Jesus’ best friend, and still he abandons Jesus and denies he even knows him.

Now, Jesus is dead. The only good thing about Peter is he doesn’t commit suicide like Judas. He just lives with his betrayal.

But, then, the two most beautiful words in all of Scripture are spoken. The angel announces the Messiah is alive, the redeemer of the world is risen. All bets are off, and the new kingdom has come!

What are the two words? Listen carefully.

…tell His disciples and Peter

There they are…”And Peter.”

You think you have done something that makes you an enemy of God? You think you have  been a person unworthy of the love of Jesus? Have you done something that you hate you did and it haunts your conscious or at least your subconscious to this day?

Well, remember these words. They are being spoken directly to you.

…And Peter 


What do you need to forgive yourself for? Spend some time with God today and give it to him.

Wednesday March 30- Keeping Your Room Clean

Mark 16:4-6

But when they looked, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. For it was very large. 

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white robe. And they were frightened.

He said to them, “Do not be frightened. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 

Alright, now I getting more confused. Why is there a live guy sitting in the tomb? Bight shiny guy? OK, I get it, this is an angel sent by God. But where is Jesus? Where is the body?

The angel gives the best news in the history of the world.

“He is risen.”

Then they are invited to look at where he was placed on the shelf. There are burial cloths that are sitting there in a strange way.

The head cloth is neatly folded, as if Jesus remembers his mom’s instructions to fold his clothes after she washes them.

But, the rest of the burial cloths are scattered.This is as if Jesus is trying to get out of them as quickly as possible. Like a toddler with a pair of pants they don’t want to wear. He has a new creation to start ruling and he doesn’t have time to fold.


When we have good news we have to tell everyone. You are the good news. Share it through who you are.

We had a blessed Holy Week and Easter@ LIFEhouse! Thanks to all who served in so many ways.

Here are a few photo highlights…

Getting ready for Palm Sunday Worship

Getting Ready for Palm Sunday Worship


Maundy Thursday First Communion

Maundy Thursday First Communion


Easter Blessings!

Easter Worship!

Easter Worship!


Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt!


Gotta get those eggs!

Gotta get those eggs!


Delicious Easter Breakfast!

Delicious Easter Breakfast!

Monday March 29- Already Ready- Women@ the tomb

Mark 16:1

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. 

Why did these ladies go to the tomb?

A quick lesson in ancient Jerusalem burial.

When a person dies, he is placed in the family tomb. This is a room carved as a cave, where there are many shelves where the bodies would be placed.

The bodies would deteriorate and then the family would go back in the tomb and place the bones that remain in a box called an “ossuary.” The person who is fresh dead would be soaked in spices so they wouldn’t stink.

The women went to the tomb on Easter morning because they wanted to do the proper burial of Jesus. You see, he died so quickly, before sundown on Friday, the beginning of sabbath, that they didn’t have time to anoint him with the spices.

But, in one sense, it wasn’t necessary. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, already prepared Jesus for burial. Remember?

She poured expensive perfume over him. I think of this when I think of the agony of Jesus on the cross. Even in the most cruel excruciating pain, Jesus knows he is the the anointed one. The Messiah. The awful smell of his own death is overpowered by the most expensive perfume in the world.

But, he still dies. So, they come to the tomb.


What is a good smell that stays with you in your memory? Revisit this when you have stress today.

Easter Sunday Schedule March 27

8:00 a.m. Worship Celebration w/ Holy Communion

9:20 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration w/ Holy Communion

How you can help:

Easter Breakfast- The men of the church host the breakfast. If you can help, please contact Paul Yaros

Easter Eggs- Please bring candy-filled plastic eggs to the church office.

Easter Lilies- You may purchase an Easter lily to decorate the Sanctuary for $10. You can take this with you after worship.


Holy Week schedule


Maundy Thursday Worship and First Communion

Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.


Good Friday Worship

Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.


Easter Worship Celebration!

Sunday, April 20, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Easter Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt 9:20 a.m.

Thank you to the great number of people who spent countless hours preparing, serving and cleaning up during Holy Week. The music, dramas, readings, decorations, cleaning of our campus, preaching and of course our Easter Breakfast provided us a joyous week to celebrate our risen Lord.


It was especially gratifying to see such a large group of people on Saturday helping to set up for our Easter Breakfast, decorating, practicing, and performing our Spring cleaning. It has been over 20 years since we have celebrated Easter Breakfast in the Hall, and sometimes we may take for granted the amount of time and people it takes put this on. A special thanks for all the people who spent so many hours making Holy Week such a wonderful worship experience for all,  and helping to remained us that our Lord has risen indeed!