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"Chreasters," they are sometimes called--people who only show up at church on Christmas and Easter. It is mostly used in a derogatory way. I understand. It is frustrating when people who claim to be Christ followers cannot even make it to worship except for special occasions--maybe when they are hatched, matched, or dispatched.

It might be better for our blood pressure and certainly for these souls if we would view special occasions as sacred opportunities. I would rather have someone show up for a holiday than not at all. Do we not believe that the Gospel has power to change a life for eternity? Perhaps this Resurrection Sunday will be that day for them.

The angel said to the women on that first Resurrection Day, "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. COME, SEE the place where the Lord lay." (Matt.28:6, emphasis added).

May we extend an invitation to our unchurched neighbors and de-churched members to, "Come and see that Jesus is alive and working in our church!" Love them and lead them to Jesus. That remarkable day we celebrate this Lord's Day changed the course of history and can change a person's destiny!

Praying that God works powerfully in Haywood Baptist Churches!

Because He Lives,

Dennis Thurman, Haywood Baptist AMS

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