Month of April has two important days
April 1, "April Fool's Day" which some characterize as the National Atheists Holiday. You would be surprised by how many times the words fool, fools, and foolish appear in the Bible.
A contemplation of King David, "a man after God's own heart," states, "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God' " (Psalm 53:1). Psalms 52 and 54, are relatively short and deal with things that interest most people.
The other big day is April 15, the day when Income Tax Returns are due. Better to have it all done before that date. Both state and federal tax rates are far too high. A large amount of what is collected may be foolishly wasted.
This past weekend in Putnam County was one of the best. It would have been a pleasure to be in numerous churches as they set attendance records. I once heard of a pastor saying on Easter Sunday morning, "The first thing I want to say is 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year' and I will look forward to seeing you again next Easter."
Many in church services on Easter Sunday will be back this Sunday. They experienced joyful enthusiasm and plan to attend every week.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important date in human history. Historians of Jesus' day wrote about his life. After His resurrection, He appeared to one, two, 11 and to 500 at one time. We have the written record of many seeing, hearing, talking and eating with Him after His resurrection.
To a record attendance crowd, Pastor Melissa Pratt mentioned Jesus appearing to three unusual people after His resurrection. You may read it all in the Gospel according to John, chapters 20 and 21. Jesus talked with Mary Magdalene out of whom seven demons had been cast. Thomas, like so many of our day, was a doubter. Jesus provided him with all the proof he asked for. Jesus welcomed Peter back into the inner circle of friends. Dr. Pratt said, "Peter had learned that Jesus could handle his failures and could help him start again and again and again."
We may have problems of morality, intellectual understanding, confidence and faithfulness, but Jesus is more than a match for any problem any of us face. What government, education, position, wealth or poverty cannot solve Jesus has the proper solution.
Reading carefully the words of John, chapters 20 and 21, you will hear Jesus saying, "Peace be with you" (20:19) and "Follow Me" (21:19). All of life is made much better by finding peace in Jesus Christ and in following Him.
Thousands of children were at "Easter Egg Hunts" on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 1500 or more were at Teays Valley Acres to find 10,000 eggs on Saturday afternoon, enjoy pony rides, soft drinks and all the free clothing they needed.
I hope you have already planned to be back in church this coming Sunday.
Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.