I started collecting children’s books written by people of color last year. Through these books, I am learning about the challenges, struggles and successes of people of color. This week I read Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o and The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez over and over again. They are fun to read and they preach.
This Sunday, allow me to read to you The ABCs of Black History as part of our worship service. And this can be how we, as FPCLA, observe Black History Month by reading books by Black authors and learning from them.
Sermon: Easter Message on Love Month
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
12-15 Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.
16-20 If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
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