To borrow a phrase from the great southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, let me say that, “I’m American by birth; southern by the grace of God!” I’m also a Tennessee boy, born and raised In Memphis. But I must say that my allegiance is pretty much divided now. Having lived in Arkansas 30+ years it has become my second home, and it is no mistake that we are called The Natural State.
I remember as if it were yesterday when Elvis was king. It was always sort of strange living in the same town with such a universal celebrity. Apparently at the end of his concerts no one would leave the facilities. People wanted him to come back out for another encore. On his concerts videos an announcer would say to the crowds, “Elvis has left the building!”
As is the way with everyone who lives, Elvis has “left the building.” He is dead and won’t be back. That is not out disrespect for the man…I even wear a pair of blue suede shoes. Hey, if you are from Memphis you have to own at least one pair.
It was also in Memphis that I met another Man. This was the same Man that after His death Mary Magdalene went to His tomb to anoint Him and was told:
Mark 16:6 And he *said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
The Apostle Paul tells us:
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
This weekend City Church has an great opportunity. There are people all around each and everyone one of us that will be looking for a church to attend. Do you realize that statistics tell us that 85% of people will accept an invitation to church…if someone would ask them?
There will be people here that haven’t been to church in a long time. Some haven’t been since last Easter. Some haven’t been in years. Many used to attend but for some reason quit…and now they are giving God and the church one more chance. Let’s be prayerful. Let’s be ready. Let’s be joyful. Let’s be willing to serve!
City Church Texarkana
Saturday, April 4, 7pm
Sunday, April 5, 8am
Sunday, April 5, 10am
In Christ Alone
Robert H. McCarver