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Rural Dean's View - April 2013

Dear friends,

Easter is with us!

Jesus rose again from the dead so that we might not have a fear of death, for we now know that life goes on.

How happy are those with faith in resurrection. We know that whatever happens in this life we have eternal life to look forward to. We shall meet family and friends again in the Kingdom of Heaven just as Jesus has promised.

This is the ‘core’ message of the Church. It is not the message of some small group who happen to use the most important historical building in the village for worship! This is the message of the Christian Church for 2000 years. It is the message of the largest organisation in the world, the largest faith group.

Christ is risen and we will share in his resurrection too!

It's hard to understand how there are so many in our own communities who hear this message and yet do not want to rejoice in it! Has secularism taken such a hold of our lives that we cannot allow ourselves to have faith?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to show us how to live in the love of God, to show how much God loves us, to show that death will not have the final victory in life!

It saddens me greatly to see the rise of ‘humanism’ and ‘secularism’ which take away this hope of eternal life. No God, no life after death, no hope! This deception is rife in a secular society.

Easter is the answer. There are more important things in life than wealth, power, possessions, looking after number one.

Easter shows us God’s love. He dies that we might be shown life. He dies that we might have hope. He lives now so that we might rejoice and cast aside the doubts of secularism.

There is life after death. There is hope for us all.

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! Alleluia.

Happy Easter to you all.

Revd Canon Ian Finn
Rural Dean

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