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Saturday Snapshot: Samaritan’s Purse

We had a wonderful week at The Cove with some great weather! The rain finally stopped and the sun came out! It was just beautiful! One of our guest groups this week was Samaritan’s Purse. They arrived mid-week and are hosting their staff and volunteer retreat here.

They brought with them ” Feel the Fury”.  This is a  tornado simulation that puts you in the midst of a catastrophic storm. They opened it up for The Cove staff to also visit.

When you enter ” Feel the Fury,” you walk in a room that first resembles a kitchen. As soon as you are in there,  an alarm goes off and you hear the news station saying to go to a basement. There is a tornado on its way to your area. You then enter into this next room that looks and feels like a basement.  While you are in this room, you hear the sounds of a tornado ripping through the community around you. They have monitors set up to also watch the destruction of the tornado that is surrounding your home.  When it is over, you exit to a room where you are surrounded by the images of destruction. You see toys scattered under garbage cans, people that look in shock, and hear first count testimonies from ones that just encountered the storm. People who have lost everything. It is a dire situation.

You feel the sense of loss almost immediately.

You start to understand that everything that someone has worked for their whole life is gone.

There is a sense of loss so great that it feels all hope is lost.

Then you see Samaritan’s Purse pull up in their black trucks with supplies. They have volunteers running toward you to help. They represent hope again. Hope that things can be restored. But there is much more to Samaritan’s Purse. They are also bringing the Hope of Jesus Christ with them. They are there to not only help repair the damage but also to bring the hope of Jesus Christ and his love to all who are in need.

This is such an amazing organization! Since the 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are excited to have them with us this week as they have a wonderful retreat with their staff and volunteers!

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An Easter Message from Franklin Graham

Franklin GrahamOn the Saturday after Jesus was crucified, His followers must have felt utterly defeated. Meanwhile, the Pharisees felt they had silenced a critic, the Romans felt they had quashed a rebellion, and the governor had washed his hands of the whole affair.

Then Sunday morning dawned, the gravestone was rolled away, and history was turned inside out. The news—Jesus is alive!—was almost too good to be true. Yet it was undeniably true. So true that His disciples dedicated the rest of their lives to telling the whole world the Good News about Jesus Christ.

On the cross, He died for our sins.

In the tomb, He defeated death.

Nowhere else in this sin-sick world can we find such everlasting hope.

Modern medicine is wonderful—almost miraculous sometimes—but doctors will never defeat death. Now, some of us may live to be a hundred or more.

Every day we have on this earth is a gift from God, but ultimately everyone has to be prepared to face death and judgment. Through the triumph of the cross and resurrection, Jesus has already dealt with both of those.

Unfortunately, multitudes of people who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are putting their hopes in the wrong places. In the secular West, we put our confidence in government and science. We define security in terms of money in the bank.

Globally, billions of people blindly follow religions that will never lead them to eternal life. In Egypt, a powerful group called the Muslim Brotherhood has a creed that says, “Islam is the solution.” Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet, but they do not believe He was crucified or resurrected.

Without that faith, their solution is completely futile. Apart from Christ, men everywhere are separated and alienated from God, without hope in this world or the next. The Apostle Paul wrote, “there is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus’ resurrection changes everything. Faith in Christ’s work on the cross brings forgiveness of sin and imputes God’s righteousness to us. Lost, sinful man is reconciled to God.

Just listen to Paul, who was brutally opposed to the Gospel until he encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. “If Christ has not been raised,” he wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

The resurrection assures Christians that we don’t have to fear the grave. “When you were dead in your sins … God made you alive with Christ” (Colossians 2:13).

Scripture Quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.