Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020



     “It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He’ll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive?” Romans 8:11 (Peterson’s translation The Message)
     What difference does Easter make? To be sure it brought a temporary lift to many people, but did Easter make any lasting change in our lives? If Easter conveys anything to us, it insists we cannot return to what we once were, nor can we go back to where we were before Resurrection Day.
Jesus refused to let his disciples fall back into anonymity then, and the message we need to hear is that we cannot afford to do so now.
     When you look for the difference that first Easter made, you probably would first conclude that it made no difference at all. Pilate was still governor; Caiaphas was still high priest. The Scribes and Pharisees still held the reins of religious life, and the road to Jericho was still unsafe for travelers. The tax collectors still bled the people, and the moneychangers still sat at their tables on the porch of the temple.
     The only change was in the lives of the few disciples who saw him and believed. They then understood that forgiveness, confidence, trust and love did not die on the cross. They understood that all Jesus stood for had not been destroyed. And with that knowledge, they went out and lived in the strength of the love for which Jesus gave his life.      It was not the first Easter that reformed the world, instead it was a few people who rallied to live a life of
Christ-like love.
     It is the same today. If Easter is to make any difference now, it will be because it makes a difference in those who have been raised with Christ to a new and higher level of life. So, let me ask you: Did Easter make a difference in your life? If so, then go and tell somebody!
~~Pastor Brenda

Joining Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church

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Periodically a new member session is offered at DLUMC. Discussions center around the structure and work of the church and how you may participate in the life of the church family. Food is often involved as well!!  New member candidates are paired with sponsors from the congregation who attend the session with them and serve to help them get ever more acquainted with the people and opportunities at DLUMC.

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