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Unshakeable Hope

The resurrection of Jesus offers us unshakable hope because we have God’s peace, presence and power!


Happy Easter! Welcome to the largest digital Easter the world has ever seen, as thousands of churches are online right now!

It’s been so hard to stay encouraged and positive since the outbreak of COVID-19. As of March 3, 2021 there are over 29 million confirmed cases and 524,652 deaths in the US alone (statistics from the New York Times).

Before the pandemic, the economy was red hot and stocks were soaring. Most of us were getting excited for our summer plans. And then suddenly, the emergency break in life was pulled, and almost everything came to a grinding halt. I wake up almost every day and think, Is this still really happening?

And here we are, despite all our entrepreneurial, scientific, and technological advances, we can’t even come close to conquering the incredible fragility and vulnerability of life on planet earth. We’re definitely not in control like we think. We realize now, just how fragile our global economy and supply chains are. Our relationships have been stretched as we rely on Zoom to connect, but it’s not the same. The virus is poking holes in the life rafts of every system we’ve grown to depend on.

Suddenly, our rampant individualism and insatiable need for security have been blown to pieces. And for many despair has set in. Some of you have been quietly asking yourself questions like, What have I been counting on in this life? Have I been building my life on a foundation solid enough to withstand a global pandemic? What if I die? Am I ready? And as we wallow in the mud of self-pity, our main source of happiness and distraction has been watching The Tiger King on Netflix! I do believe that we will defeat this virus and get through all this, but, what will we look ...

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Rob Hall is the Lead Pastor at New North Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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