Is the Tomb Empty?

Last week Pastor Matt talked about Jesus’ brutal death on the cross. He mentioned different theories from skeptics regarding Jesus’ death and how some believe He never died at all. As Christians, we absolutely believe that Jesus died! Because of His death, burial, and resurrection we can receive the gift of eternal life. We also have hope while on this earth. We have hope for our future and we can find joy in all circumstances, because of Him!

“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”  -John 16:22

No one. No one can take the joy that only He can give.

Last week I wrote about my struggle to find time to listen and to then meditate on what the Lord has spoken to me. Well, I finally took some time to do this earlier in the week and this is what He laid on my heart:

Still. Be still. Still my hurry. Still my worry. Still my fear. Still my anxieties. Stir my thoughts. As the song “Tremble” by Mosaic MSC quietly whispers in my ear:

“Your name is a light that the shadows can't deny

Your name cannot be overcome

Your name is alive forever lifted high

Your name cannot be overcome

Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble

Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear”

And Jesus whispers in my ear: “take captive your thoughts and make them obedient to me, Katie!” Satan, release my thoughts. In Jesus’ name - you are bound! Release your grip. Jesus - consume my thoughts. Soften my heart. Take all of me for your glory. What does this look like? It feels overwhelming, but your yoke is easy and your burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Serving You in all things and ways is not natural. I am naturally selfish, impatient, rude, and slanderous. Jesus, I need Your Holy Spirit so desperately. I need You in order to bring glory to Your name. My flesh can’t do that alone. What are the purposes of You breathing life into me? Why? Why do I have life? To serve You, love you, and be in relationship with You! Guide me to righteousness so others can see and know You too! What does this look like? Why do You have me in this little town of Indian River? How can I reach the lost and bring them to You?

This week the sermon title is: “Is the tomb empty?” What does the empty tomb mean for us today? The empty tomb is our reason for living. He defeated death so that we could live! Not only on this earth, but for eternity, with Him! He breathed His life into you, into all of us! He has you where He does for a beautiful purpose. What does this look like for your life? What does the empty tomb mean for you?

Believe these truths today:

He will take away death for all time. The Lord God will dry tears from all faces. He will take away the shame of His people from all the earth. For the Lord has spoken. It will be said in that day, ‘See, this is our God. We have waited for Him, that He might save us. This is the Lord for Whom we have waited. Let us be glad and full of joy because He saves us.’”

-Isaiah 25:8-9

“‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

-1 Corinthians 15:55-57

In Him,

Katie Karlson

Check out the whole “Tremble” song!


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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.


Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 


Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 


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