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Happy Easter! He is risen!
By Larry Adams
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, . . .1 Corinthians 15:1-4
We receive plenty of messages throughout our lives that are of great importance, but none more important than the message of Easter.
The good news of Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and His burial in a tomb is a vital part of that message. But the best news of all is that the grave couldn’t hold Him. Jesus rose again! He conquered sin, death the grave for all of us. He is alive and is offering hope, forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe and receive Him into their lives.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our historical proof and guarantee that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only way to God. His resurrection sets Christianity apart from every other religion and approach to God.
All the religions of the world except four are based in pure philosophy. They are the inventions of men.
The four religions that remain are based on the teachings of their founders, (Judaism/Abraham; Islam/Mohammad; Buddhism/Gautama and Christianity/ Jesus Christ).
All four founders died. Three are still in their graves. Only Jesus rose again and only Jesus lives to offer eternal life to all who come to Him by faith.
That’s why Easter is celebrated by millions of people worldwide. Easter is the celebration of life in Jesus Christ who died for our sins, conquered our death and rose again to give eternal life to all who believe and receive Him. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) This is still life’s most important message.
Larry Adams is the Senior Pastor of Golden Hills Community Church, which has campuses in both Antioch and Brentwood. He and his wife Karla are residents of Antioch.
This was first published on April 19, 2014.
Fellowship Church holds ribbon cutting, tour of new building for Antioch’s business, community leadersFriday, March 4th, 2016
By Allen Payton
Antioch business and community leaders joined Pastor Shaun and Dianna Nepstad on Thursday, March 3rd for a ribbon cutting at the new building for Fellowship Church in Antioch. Located in the former Orchard Supply Hardward building at 4873 Lone Tree Way, the church as grown from 22 people in a living room in 2003 to a weekly attendance of over 2,100 people.
Speaking of the new building, Pastor Nepstad shared some thoughts.
“We started this whole process about two-and-a-half years ago,” he said. Our church really is about the community Our slogan is Hope and Healing. Hope for tomorrow and healing for their yesterday. We want to give honor back to the city and to one another.”
“This is not a business but we function with all of you,” Nepstad shared with the business owners in attendance. “We’re all in the same business of reaching people in some capacity. Let’s team up together to change the region.”
“I believe our best days are ahead of us for Antioch,” he added.
Then Dianna Nepstad spoke.
“I just want you to know we want to add value to the city,” she stated. “We want to elevate the city. Promotion of the people of God. That leads to a quality of life. Right now is the best time for us. Like my husband said, our best days are ahead of us.”
Representing the City of Antioch, Mayor Wade Harper offered his thoughts.
“This is a great ministry,” he said. “Come and visit. Come and join. The pastor is anointed. He’s funny. You’ll see his members out in the community.”
Speaking of the process for approval the church went through for the new building, Harper said “I made some calls and said I’m the mayor I want them here. What’s the problem?”
“We have a lot of people in Antioch who want to serve God,” he continued.“Anything we can do to serve you please let us know.”
Then Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO Sean Wright said “I want to thank you for your investment in our community. But I would like you to say a prayer then cut the ribbon.”
Colleen Isenberg representing Congressman Jerry McNerney presented the Nepstads with a certificate of special Congresssional recognition. That was followed by Erica Rodriguez of State Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office, who presented them with a certificate of recognition.
Then the ribbon was cut marking the official opening and those in attendance were treated to refreshments and a tour of the new building.
Fellowship Church services will be held in their new building for the first time, this Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.. For more information visit www.thefellowshipchurch.com.
By Pastor Kirkland Smith
We cordially invite you to support and participate in our 2nd Annual Crab Feed, on Friday, March 4th, 7:00PM to 10:00PM at Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, 3415 Oakley Road, Antioch, CA, 94509, in the McKinnon Hall. The cost is $45 per person or $30 for a plate to go. Checks should be made payable to “Grace Kings”.
Grace Kings is a young men’s mentoring program that we started over a year ago. Our mission is to work towards a holistic approach to nurturing and developing at-risk African American males between the ages of 9-17 years old, with the expectancy of producing confident, hard-working, intelligent, leaders that are driven to succeed. This fundraiser will allow us to receive funding to continue to expand the program which includes starting a non-profit business. We are now in the process of obtaining our business license.
We’re hoping you can attend this event and if not, please help us with a donated item for our Silent Auction (sport memorabilia, gift cards, fine art, electronics, etc.). If you have an item(s) you’d like to donate, please contact Wanda Dunmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (925) 206-0509 to make arrangements for pick-up. For a donation of $250.00 or more, will entitle you to receive 4 tickets to the Crab Feed and preferred seating.
We are under a 501(c) 3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Our Federal Tax ID: 61-1440404.
Thank you in advance for your support.