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At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.

They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.

But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.

— Luke 24:1-12 The Message
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“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:34-35
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If you’re an urban congregation, you may be interested in attending Sacred Spaces/Urban Assets, an interactive conversation designed to give congregational leaders practical tools for understanding and leveraging valuable urban property — Saturday, June 7 in Washington, DC.
Saturday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Woodward Hall $15/Person Please join us Saturday, June 7 for Sacred Spaces/Urban Assets, an interactive conversation designed to give congregational leade...
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Emanuel Cleaver III, author of the new book “Pastor on Track,” draws on the example of Moses to illustrate how true leadership involves guiding people to the vision God has for them — understanding and engaging people while always staying connected to God as the wellspring of authority. 
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Is your church protected? UMNS offers a few simple risk-management steps congregations can take to limit exposure to embezzlement and employee dishonesty. http://bit.ly/1i53K9h
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From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around midafternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” … But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. — Matthew 27:45-46, 50 The Message
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We are closing today at 1 p.m. ET and will be closed Good Friday. Any DVD/CD resource orders we receive today will be processed Monday.
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Church communication expert Martin Davis explains that church efforts to reach young adults through social media will be perceived by them as authentic only if these efforts cultivate relationships, not if they are perceived as promoting the institution. 
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A vision of church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge, and exercised in effective practice
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Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” video resource, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. “The Right Start” is refreshed for 2014 with updated information and is available in both Pastor’s and Group Training Versions.
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