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  • Christ’s Resurrection and Yours - April 19, 2014

    Christ’s Resurrection and Yours - April 19, 2014

    Christ’s Resurrection and Yours

    We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

    The word ‘resurrection’ means ‘the standing up of a corpse.’ Most religions teach the concept of immortality, but only the Christian faith teaches bodily resurrection. ‘If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.’ The patriarch Job, whose children all died tragically in a single day, asked, ‘If a man dies shall he live again?...’ (Job 14:14). We ask this when death claims someone we love. So God gave Job, and us, an answer that dries our tears, heals our broken hearts and focuses us on something greater than this temporal life with all its troubles: ‘For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!’ (Job 19:25-27). The next time you see a butterfly soaring, stop and remind yourself, ‘That’s my future!’ No matter how you dress your body up, at best it will always be a caterpillar. But when it emerges from the cocoon of death and rises to meet the Lord in the air, it will take on His beauty and His likeness. ‘... The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words’ (1Thessalonians 4:16-18).

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Resurrection that I share in. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • What Wondrous Love - April 18, 2014

    What Wondrous Love - April 18, 2014

    What Wondrous Love

    About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" -- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46

    Imagine having to stand on a stage and watch every sin you’ve ever committed replayed for the entire world to see - your secret addictions, your selfish motives, your angry outbursts, your critical attitudes, and your jealous heart. How do you think you’d feel? Well, Jesus experienced much worse. The Bible says: ‘He... bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed’ (1Peter 2:24). It’s bad enough to die for sins you didn’t commit, but imagine being forsaken by God! It’s the same word Paul used when he wrote: ‘Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world... ’ (2 Timothy 4:10). Paul looked for Demas and couldn’t find him. And on the cross, Jesus looked for His Father and knew He was there. Does that mean the Psalmist was wrong when he wrote: ‘... I have never seen the righteous forsaken... ’ (Psalms 37:25)? No, because at that moment Jesus was anything but righteous. When you look at Him hanging there you will see the gossiper, the liar, the cheater, the alcoholic, the porn addict, the child abuser, the murderer. Does it bother you to see His name linked with theirs? Well, Jesus did even more. He put Himself in their place – and yours. In a move that broke God’s heart and gave us the gift of eternal life, He poured out His righteous judgment on His only Son. So when Jesus cried from the cross, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?’ He said it so that you would never have to. What wondrous love. Was Jesus forsaken on the Cross? NO – read beyond Psalm 22:1 to Verse 24: For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, thank You for NOT forsaking Your Son or ME on the Cross. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 3 - April 17, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 3 - April 17, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 3

    While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" Matthew 17:5

    On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses, the law giver, and Elijah, who represents the prophets, stood side by side with Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. The Bible says, ‘... His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them... ’ Mark 9:3. In that moment Jesus was God in His purest form. Awed by Him, Peter said, ‘... “Lord... if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”’ (Matthew 17:4). It was a sincere sentiment, but it was sincerely wrong. ‘While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’’’ The word beloved implies ‘unique.’ There is no one else like Jesus! Not Moses. Not Elijah. Not Peter. Not Zoroaster, Buddha, or Muhammad. No one in heaven or on earth. Three shrines would have made Moses and Elijah equal with Christ, and God would have none of it. Only one shrine should be built, because only one person on the mountain deserved to be worshipped. ‘When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid’ (Matthew 17:6). The One who hung the stars in space and left Pharaoh dead at the bottom of the Red Sea stood among them. The sight of Him took their breath away, removed every trace of arrogance and caused them to end up face-down on the ground. How long has it been since you felt such reverence for God?

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, You truly are an awesome God who also knows and loves me. Thank You in Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 2 - April 16, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 2 - April 16, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 2

    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

    In a world out of control we like a god we can control: a comforting presence who blesses, provides, and advises. Kind of like ‘God in a box.’ But when it comes to Christ, no box works. His contemporaries designed an assortment of boxes for Him, but He didn’t fit in any of their boxes. They called Him a revolutionary, but He paid taxes. They labelled Him a country carpenter, but He confounded scholars. They came to see His miracles, but He refused to entertain them. He was a Jew who attracted Gentiles, a rabbi who gave up on synagogues, a holy man who hung around with prostitutes. In a male-dominated society, He recruited females. In an anti-Roman culture, He opted not to denounce Rome. He talked like a king yet lived like a pilgrim. People tried to put Him in a ‘box,’ but they couldn’t. And we can’t either; indeed we must not! ‘... Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God... ’ (Proverbs 9:7-12). Most of our fears are unhealthy. They rob us of peace and joy. But the fear of the Lord does the opposite. One author writes: ‘There is nothing neurotic about fearing God. The neurotic thing is not to be afraid, or to be afraid of the wrong thing. That is why God chooses to be known to us, so that we may stop being afraid of the wrong thing. When God is fully revealed to us and we ‘get it,’ then we experience the conversion of our fear... ‘fear of the Lord’ is the deeply sane recognition that we are not God.’

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me fear You and let You reveal Your true nature to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 1 - April 15, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 1 - April 15, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 1

    I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:11

    The Israelites were commanded not to make any ‘graven image’ of God. Why? Because God made us, we didn’t make Him. A god you can make is a god you can control and make do whatever you wish. The ancient Greeks had a host of gods, all created by men. Some demanded human sacrifice; others permitted prostitution, and even promoted it in their temples. When we reverse the order and start to create God in our own image (according to our own imagination) we get the following things: 1) A god who’s liberal or conservative, a hawk or a dove; a god politicians conveniently pull out of a box at election time to gain votes even though they don’t truly serve him. 2) A flexible god who permits you to do whatever you want, and you can then say, ‘I just felt led to do it.’ 3) A god who promises to bless his children but never discipline them. 4) A god you can ‘keep in his place’ until you need him. 5) A god who is not supreme, but happy to be one of many deities offering many ways to heaven. Not so! God says, ‘I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.’ Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6). Jesus doesn’t need a makeover to bring Him into alignment with the Internet and the space age. He is Lord! Indeed, if He is not Lord over all, He is not Lord at all!

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, forgive me when I try to give You a “make-over” instead of You doing that to and for me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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