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Easter Like You Mean It

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

Over the weeks leading up to Easter, I was treated to a television commercial that showed kids involved in an intense Easter egg hunt.  They were jumping over hedges, diving into pools and checking each other out of the way in pursuit of plastic Easter eggs, I am assuming, filled with candy or money.  It showed kids celebrating when they found one of these little treasures.  As the kids jumped around and waved their arms in celebration, words “Easter Like You Mean It” popped up on the screen. 

 

Easter reminds us that we have been given the greatest gift of all.  Because of what Christ has done, the gates of Heaven stand open to us.  We are exhorted to run boldly into the Throne of Grace.  We have the assurance that no matter where we go, or what we face, the Love of God will never leave us.  And we don’t need to dive over hedges, or jump into pools or check anyone out of the way to acquire it.  This gift is eternal.  It will never fade or lose its luster.  It will never disappear.  All we need to do to receive it is to open our lives to Christ and let it wash over us and fill us to overflowing.  Because of this gift, we can go out into a world that can be hard and full of pain with hope and confidence.  If anyone should be celebrating, it shouldn’t be kids with plastic eggs and candy.  It should be us. 

 

As we remain in the glow of that special day, let me challenge you each day to remember the amazing gift we have from God and go out into the world and Easter Like You Mean It.

 


 

Meet Steve Ranney

 

As we welcome our new Pastor, Steve Ranney, here is a little information to help us get to know him better:

 

  • Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, is celebrating over 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is now the Designated Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim

  • Two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

  • B.A. in Ministry from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary.

  • Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991.

  • Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of Centennial, Colorado, 1991–2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006–2015.

  • Steve seeks to lead both by example and by challenging people to use the gifts that God has given them for the building up of the body of Christ.  Thus, Steve's main focus is helping each person grow up in their relationship with God so that God will be able to bless others through them.

 

 

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