A few thoughts on Maundy Thursday as we celebrate it today.
Maundy Thursday is the day we remember the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples. It was the time he told them, “one of you will betray me.” Of course, they were all looking around saying “Is it me?” They just couldn’t believe it. But then, Jesus believed it. He knew it. He knew what was coming. He knew every detail, and He chose to go through it, and He did it for you and for me. Why? So we could have eternal life in Him. His broken body and poured out blood bought our souls. Something to think about this Maundy Thursday.
“Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing that we can born again. Hear the bells ringing, their singing, Christ is risen from the dead.
The angels upon the tombstone said “He is risen, just as He said. Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead. Joy to the world, He is risen. Hallelujah! He’s risen. Hallelujah! He’s risen”
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Karen and I need prayers for protection and peace, as do all that come to the Tuesday morning Bible study at the senior center. I had mentioned before about a person who has been disrupting our class with comments, opinions, and stories that are not relevant to the study of the book of John. This morning he stormed out of the room angry at me for shutting him down. I hit my hand on the table three times and said in a very firm voice, “STOP”. He didn’t like it that I disrupted his arguing.
Another class member walked out with him to talk with him and he was up in her face, according to the center director, Angela. She said afterward that there would be police here next week. I agree with her decision.
This has been coming to a head for about six weeks and needed to come out, but it was very scary. After he left, we finished the Bible study strong and unified. I finished with the song “He’s Alive” by Don Francisco. That was a great way to finish.
Please pray for peace for our hearts, especially Karen’s. She did a great job leading it.
This resource is from Crosswalk. It is a pdf file that contains suggested prayers for Holy Week, starting tomorrow, Palm Sunday. Use whatever prayers and approaches that work best for you. Follow the Lord’s leading, and you can’t go wrong.
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Jesus never had a building or even a home to call His own, not in the sense that we do. He being the cornerstone goes to say that the church is more than just a building. It is people, believers in Christ. So it goes to say that Life Church Online where believers gather in one place online becomes Christ’s fellowship.
Life Church Online is preparing for The Easter Holidays
How they are doing this is the current message series titled “What Jesus Never Said.” Pastor Craig is playing off of social media and rumors that run the gambit. He is trying to help set the record straight on what is true from the Bible and what is not. Focusing on Jesus as if it was not for Jesus Christ we would not have Easter Holidays. This weeks message focus’s on truth, how society tends towards there is no real truth just truth that is real for each individual. But, real truth is from the Bible not individuals.
What else Life Church Online is doing is to prepare their volunteers and staff. The Easter Holidays is one of the most attended holiday of the year. We have multiple online meetings, resources and emails preparing our hearts and minds for all who attend in chat. This Sunday if you would like to see me in church I co-host the Youtube Live Stream at 10 am Central Time. I also co-Host Team Lead on Thursday 4 pm Central Time. I also co-host team lead on Thursday at 4 pm Central time at Live.life.church. Either time would be an opportunity to see the Easter Celebration and get to know me better. If you could not make those times the message will be aired 83 times all week long. Just check the schedule tab at Live Life Church.
Just to let you know the two playing chubby bunny is Pastor Steven Roberts and one of the Life Church interns. Pastor Roberts is Host Team Pastor and a great person to get to know.
When you are pulling out the weeds and the dead stuff, it looks much better! I discovered that when I pulled up all of last year’s zinnias that had bloomed and died. That little garden looked good when I got that done.
It’s the same with our spiritual life. If we are hanging on to sin, bad attitude, unforgiveness, selfishness, past hurts, and past self-abuse and self-doubt; if we are hanging on to any of that, we lose. All that junk (including my own) has to go. Can we do that on our own? NO! But if we work with God on this cleaning project, the garden of our life will look great … and we will produce more fruit.
God help us to get our hands off the weeds and let the Master Gardener Jesus take it out. (Is anybody else feeling convicted by this? I know I am.)
A connection to the cross I did not know about – an excruciating connection
I was reading a post on The Real Meaning of Easter tonight and something I read grabbed my attention and I felt compelled to share it. Here is the quote, and may it grip our hearts and make us more grateful for what Jesus did for us on the cross.
“To say the death of Christ was excruciating is no stretch, as the word excruciating itself is derived from the word crucifixion. It literally means ‘the pain of a crucifixion.’ “
Lord Jesus, You know what ‘excruciating pain’ means.
Thank you, God, for your mercy in Christ. In His Name. Amen.
Four tools of the faith that we as believers have available in our faith walk
This morning I bought a set wrenches at the hardware store. I needed one yesterday and didn’t have it. As I thought about that, I realized that we as believers have at least four tools of the faith available in our faith walk.
Jesus washing the disciples’ feet was the topic this morning in Bible study at the senior center. It was a great discussion, with a couple of new people there. Disruptions were minimal and manageable this morning, which we are all grateful for. Thank you for your continued prayers for the needs of seniors, who are precious in God’s sight.
Seder Meal at church and what the pamphlet says – 27 prophecies fulfilled.
Last night at church, we had a seder meal, something I had only heard of but had never experienced. The speaker, a Messianic Jew, led us through the different steps of the meal, which was part of the celebration of Passover. While some elements were part of the original celebration meal, others were added. The meal was full of symbolism for both Jews and Christians.
The meal was not what either Karen or I expected. On the table in front of us was a cup of grape juice, a cup of water, and a tray in the middle of the table with parsley, salt water, horseradish, apple and walnut mixture, matza bread, and boiled eggs. Each item had special significance and meaning, which the speaker revealed, each related to God’s deliverance of Israel out of Egypt and being protected by the blood of the lamb on the doorposts.
We, as Christians, have been delivered from the slavery of sin and death, again protected by the blood of the Lamb. The foods represented the bitterness of bondage, the fact that they had to leave Egypt quickly (matza bread, with no yeast).
Thank you, Jesus, for being the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.