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This Month's Message

Rise Again

By Fran Caffey Sandin

The legendary Christian song-writer and performing artist, Dallas Holm, once said,

“I became a Christian in 1965 and my life was radically and eternally transformed.

My music became the means whereby I could express the dynamics of that transformation and share the reality of Christ with others.”

Dallas has earned his influence through more than 45 years of writing and singing in some 4,000 concerts in every state in the USA as well as many countries abroad. His music

is about Jesus—His life, death, resurrection, and His desire for an intimate relationship with us. After Bible College and a short time of youth ministry Dallas joined David Wilkerson and ministered with him for ten years. During that time he formed Dallas Holm and Praise in 1976 and was the first Contemporary Christian band to receive a certified Gold Album, and that album contained his song, Rise Again. Both Dove and Grammy Awards followed.

The musician confesses, “When people hear my music or see me in concert, they don’t realize those are just moments in a life. I’ve had struggles, heartaches, and disappointments just like everyone else. My wife, Linda, has fought an ongoing 28-year battle surviving cancer. But no matter what has happened, what I’m going through now, or what I may endure tomorrow, nothing can separate me from the love of Christ.”

Knowing a little about the author of “Rise Again” helps us appreciate the selection even more. I once heard Dallas explain that as he was contemplating the resurrection of Christ, he felt impressed to write something fresh and different, so he began putting himself in Jesus’s place and thinking about what He might have thought and felt. The result was a powerful exclamation that nothing could change God’s plan for His Son. He would rise again!

As we celebrate the Easter Season, I am reminded of the words he wrote:

Go ahead, drive the nails in My hands, laugh at Me where you stand. Go ahead, and say it isn’t Me, the day will come when you will see. ’Cause I’ll rise again. There’s no pow’r on earth can tie Me down. Yes, I’ll rise again, death can’t keep Me in the ground. Go ahead, mock My name, My love for you is still the same. Go ahead, and bury Me, but very soon I will be free. Go ahead, say I’m dead and gone, but you will see that you were wrong. Go ahead and try to hide the Son, but all will see that I’m the One—Cause I’ll come again. There’s no pow’r on earth can keep me back. Yes, I’ll come again, Come to take My people back.”

Buddha is dead, Mohammed is dead, but Jesus is alive! He will come again in clouds of glory for those who are spiritually connected with Him; and those who die “in Christ” will be resurrected and live forever in Heaven. Unbelievers will live forever, too, but in perpetual pain and darkness. The Bible says we have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Jesus paid for our sins with His own blood at the cross. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1: 9). Forgiveness follows repentance. Salvation and the promise of eternal life with God are amazing gifts. Have you received them?

Dear Father, Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who came to earth as God-man to pay for our sins and who now sits at Your right hand. Good works will not save us because You said in the Bible that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to You except through Him. Because of His death and resurrection we can face the future with hope and the assurance that You keep Your promises. Thank You for Your compassion, mercy, grace, and unfailing love. In Jesus’s name, A-men.