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The Phoniness of Easter

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  1. Nancy says:

    In my view Easter should be a celebration every day. Christ did not die and rise up again to save us during a season. We have been saved all the days of our lives as believers. And I don’t think it right to say our special celebration once a year is phoney. If just one of those family members who perhaps has lost their faith comes back to the church as a result of hearing the special Easter sermon that day, isn’t it worth a celebration? People must hear the good news in order to learn of salvation and if it takes a few “phoney” celebrations to get them inside the church doors then so be it.

    1. Dallas D. says:

      Thanks Pr. Don….

    2. Amie S. Behlen says:

      Hi Nancy
      Greetings in Christ. I understand what your view of Christian living should not be a season event celebration. But what Pastor trying to share or going is about the general attitude and normalcy even with Christian sadly became a season celebration event that can be describe as phoniness.
      Yes I agree with that it is an opportunity that this events of the year will somehow may awaken their timid and weaken faith because of the world pressure and demands.
      Yet God is faithful and maybe he the Pastor is encouraging those ones who had gone away from the body of Christ to long must look upon themselves and be concern. Not allowing the phoniness of life cycle they are thriving. Rather they are correctly showed how the first Easter event happened with jubilance among the believers who saw and witness the Resurrected Christ. Those brethren who are weak and timid should realize Christ is risen Indeed even now! And may they continue to move and faithful with their faith in our Risen Lord Savior, Jesus Christ!
      In Christ
      Amie S. Behlen

    3. Salina says:

      I hear what you’re are saying. I used to be one of those people who complained about the C&E (Christmas and Easter) members, but then I had a different perspective when someone told me that you never know when one of those C&E people will start coming back. Now I have joy in my heart when I see a person who doesn’t come often but they show up for Christmas or Easter. Only God knows our hearts. 🙂

  2. Sharon Doan says:

    I think Easter is a wonderful time of rejoicing in our Salvation. I do think there is a bit too much pressure on our clergy and staff, church workers, etc. to overwork during this season. Such a production of special services, musical presentations, Lenten meals, etc. Is enjoyed by many and works every producer to the limit. One of our clergy wives ( God bless each and everyone of them) stayed up until 4AM baking dogwood blossom shaped and beautifully frosted cookies for services- one for each attendee! How much is enough?

  3. Fred Lingenfelder says:

    There was no “phoniness” in our congregation’s Resurrection Day observance. Those who attended included some inactive members who our pastor and elders had contacted over the past few months, several visitors and non members, including an unchurched caretaker of a 90 year old member. What a joy! The early morning service included a sermon with much to ponder for each person in attendance, celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and a liturgically rich order of service.

    I am looking forward to the resumption of midweek Bible study, and worship on “low” Sunday.

    The problem of “phoniness” Pastor Jordan discusses may result from some distressing problems I have observed in visiting LCMS churches in his district over the last 40 years.

  4. Jay E says:

    Every Sunday is a little Easter!

  5. Debbie Allen says:

    Thank you Pastor for an enlightening article. As a Sunday school teacher I look forward to this time, sharing the encouragement and love Christ showed to his disciples. As a mom, I given a reminder from my daughter. She was sick this weekend so we were unable to attend our Easter service. She said, “Mommy​, remember we celebrate Easter all year.” ❤

  6. Timothy Carter says:

    Pastor Jordan wrote “We are raised to new life in Baptism each day.”
    Luther said “Remember your Baptism Daily”
    Excellent ways to remember Easter every day.