The REAL Life!

Happy Monday, All!

Still, so many things rocking the international news including the fact that the North Koreans plan to launch a 91 ton missile even though it is against the international community’s wishes as well as the fact that the “Euro” appears to be having some challenges on the horizons due to Greece’s unstable and floundering economic situation. It is also the 100-year Anniversary of the fate-filled voyage of “The Titanic”, which is being commemorated by a new voyage from England to New York with many of the kin, if you will, of the original Titanic of years ago on board, re-creating the environment of the early 1900’s on board the ship. We also lost another “60 Minutes” broadcast journalist and co-founder, 93 year old Mike Wallace. Even here in SoFlo’s “Little Havana”, people are calling for the resignation of the newest Marlin’s manager due to statements he made in an interview in Time Magazine where he mentioned the words “love” and “respect” in conjunction with the fact that Fidel Castro is still alive! Oh what a blunder he made ….

Well, for me this Easter weekend was special. Not only did we experience the full moon, we also had some awesome weather. I had the pleasure of attending the Easter Service sponsored by Calvary Chapel here in FTL Sunday and it was attended by the neighboring CC’s from Hollywood, Plantation, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, FL. It was held in the Florida Atlantic University Stadium located off Glades Road in Boca Raton. The topic was “The REAL Life”, and, Pastor Bob began once the choir ministry had led us in some splendid resurrection songs including my mother’s favorites, “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Bob showed us two apples – one fake one and one real one. He asked us to consider what each one represents. For example, the fake one was hollow and empty, had no taste or smell, and, while it looked real, had no chance for growth nor nourishment. On the other hand, the “real” apple had substance, provides nourishment, has a real taste and texture and potential for growth.

We all enjoyed the service which included waves and chants of “Happy Empty Tomb” and many many people decided to come forward at the end to accept “the only begotten Son” as their lord, mentor and savior. While we had some challenges locating the proper buses and getting back to our vehicles which were parked in the multiple parking lots there on FAU’s Campus, it was all worthwhile, including meeting many many new friends. I even saw Daniel, one of the gentleman I met while participating in a “jail ministry” last year here at the Main Broward County Jail!

May we continue to seek the “real life” and grow and nourish each other as we continue along this journey.

Peace be with you always!

John I. Cook, Director

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