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So What’s the Big Deal About Easter? April 2014

So What’s the Big Deal About Easter?!

For quite some time I’ve been thinking how believers should be putting more emphasis on the resurrection than the cross, because (as I reasoned): 1. At church, we hear so much about His awfully cruel death, but little of the overcoming life. Although His “substitutionary atonement” (death) paid for the sin of the world, it was His resurrection that conquered/proved victory over sin, Satan, death, captivity, etc.; and, 2. As I kept telling people, “There were three men who died on crosses that day (the cross was not unique), but only one man rose from the dead!” Then…

While I was teaching the homeless on Easter Sunday morning, it struck me: Just as Jesus wasn’t the first to die on a cross, neither was He the first to be raised from the dead. Just a couple weeks earlier He raised Lazarus from the dead…and Lazarus was dead FOUR days, not just three! And in Matthew 27:52-53, when Jesus breathed His last “the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” (And what about that whole valley of dry bones in Ezekiel!! WOW!!)

So now I’m thinking that even the resurrection itself wasn’t unique. So what is the big deal with Easter?! Well then, 1. It has to be the Person of Jesus Christ, not just His death and resurrection that was unique. He was (as He claimed to be) God in human form. 2. His death/resurrection was really the foundation, not just an occasion. Hebrews 4:3 says, “For we who have believed enter that rest… although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” In earthly time, He was not the first to die and be raised; but in eternal time, He was the Alpha & Omega! He told the disciples, “I AM the resurrection and the life!” (John 11:25). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

So the whole Biblical narrative was recorded by the Holy Spirit, through men of God, in human time and space, to tell God’s story (HIStory), to convince us through prophecy and fulfillment, that He is in control, has a plan, knows our need—even the origin of it and remedy for it—and all we need to do is believe and rest!

OK, so what’s my point?! Well, today [Sunday, April 27] I got more excited than last week [Easter Sunday], because today we talked about the coming of the Helper! Now this is good news! The whole reason Jesus had to come to die and be raised was so that He could send His very Spirit into our spirit! “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). The Eternal Life of God enters into temporal time and space—into US who believe—bringing revelation and rest!

This week I counseled a heart-broken lady who through heavy tears said: “All I ever wanted was a mother. Someone to help me, comfort me, pat me on the back and tell me it was going to be ok.” When we cannot go back in time to redo what is terribly broken, we can live in the NOW, filled with the Holy Spirit of God—the Helper and Comforter!—and be restored through simple faith.

I emailed to a friend in CA:

“The truth is, the NT begins with Pentecost, not the Gospels. The whole Bible story to this point was written to show how much God did to bring us back to original condition! The coming of the Holy Spirit rebooted the whole messed up system! Now that we receive Jesus’ very life within us, we are free to live on the earth as the Father intended from the beginning. The New Testament tells the story of the indwelling Spirit of God and how that is what changes the individual from the inside out…and then the world, as those who hear and believe begin again!

Dry bones come to life! Dead people come alive. The old is gone and all things become new. Abiding in this truth realigns the human soul and transforms us in spirit, mind, heart, emotion, behavior….all and only because of what Jesus did by becoming sin so we might become the righteousness of God in Him! Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory!”

InYou Ministries Updates:FYI: Scott Wolfe’s Personality (per 41Q.com): 

“Determined Realist”: Practical, traditional and organized. Likely to be athletic. Not interested in theory or abstraction unless they see the practical application. Have clear visions of the way things should be. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Exceptionally capable in organizing and running activities. “Good citizens” who value security and peaceful living.Pray for this semester of S.P.I.C.E. (Self-Paced-In-Class-Education) at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Monday mornings.Scott is currently re-designing “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” to use more effectively in prison. Pray for a Grant to subsidize the cost.FIND InYou’s Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons on Facebook!Counseling and Training Center
InYou is now actively pursuing a permanent location for counseling individuals and training men and women to disciple discouraged believers to EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS Jesus in the NOW!Do you know a church or business that would prayerfully consider allowing InYou to “abide” with them permanently? Let me know.Regularly Scheduled Events:

  • 1-on-1 discipleship-counsel sessions.
  • Every Sunday, 7:30-10 am, Scott helps and teaches @ Refuge—a ministry of FBS to the homeless.
  • Every Friday, 6:30 am, inYou men’s discipleship meets @ Scott’s house. Come join us.
  • Every 2nd Thursday, 8 am, Scott speaking @ Grace Management

Calendar:

  • Apr. 11-May 2, “Living the Abiding Life” Seminar has been awesome as we learned more about how we get trapped in a spiritual cell of lying emotions, thoughts, unbelief, identity messages, etc. More to come May 16!
  • Apr. 14: I spoke at a SCCF ministry leaders luncheon, encouraging others to take advantage of personal counsel being offered by a grant from local businesses. I reminded the believers that we have everything we need for life and godliness in Christ…just BREATHE!
  • Apr. 20: Preached @ Tyger River Correctional. Shared Feb & Mar newsletters on “God’s order” and “earning death.” (Rom. 6:23)
  • Apr. 21, Dr Jim & Kathi Herrin for dinner! (Jim was 1st Pres. of inYou in TX). I surprised them with InYou’s Board members dropping in to share their stories of hwo they came to find “Christ as Life!” Rich fellowship.
  • May 5, SPICE celebration meal @ TRCI (prison). Also, COME CLOSER Spartanburg luncheon.
  • May 8, SPICE Graduation @ TRCI.
  • May 16 (Friday) 9:00-11:30 am. “Living the Abiding Life” Seminar (written by Dr. Michael Wells) taught by Scott Wolfe @ The Baptist Network Building, 5245 Highway 221, Roebuck SC.
  • May 18, Chase graduates from Wofford College! (Double major in Chemistry & Chinese. Pray for emplyment!)
  • May 30-June 1, Nephew, Hub Blankenship III’s, wedding in Washington, DC.
  • June 21-28: Kentucky Mission Trip Prison Ministry with FBS.
  • July 5-12: Beach Vacation with the family!
  • Summertime visits from TX friends, Day’s, Berwick’s, Hayes’, Walker’s, Others?!

Family Update:

Cooper  enjoyed Spring Break @ the beach with FBS youth. He also enjoyed his 1st prom!Kelli  enjoyed a brief Spring Break trip to Charleston with friends before prepping her 4thgraders for final testing!
Chase got a job!! He will be a “fragrance innovator” with Grace Management, helping the company stay on the cutting edge of home fragrance technology and production. He looks forward to creative thinking, process, travel and even using his Chinese! He and a friend won a Shag (dance) competition and he was awarded a Choral Award!
Carson turned 20 on Apr. 27. He and his roommates took in a teen from his church youth group, so Hemphill is becoming a Refuge for homeless too.We all got a new pool liner. Summer here we come!

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Seminar and Training offered another WEEK!

Friday, May 16,  9:00-11:30 am
“Living the Abiding Life” Seminar (written by Dr. Michael Wells) taught by Scott Wolfe @ The Baptist Network Building, 5245 Highway 221, Roebuck SC. COST: Sug. Donation: $15 each week. Also $15 for manual (optional), $15 for Unique Self Profile, $15 for Sidetracked in the Wilderness, by Mike Wells.