“The Good Shepherd”

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Who is it that can protect you, take care of you, and guide you?

CLUE: (it’s not the guy in the photo above)

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click > The Good Shepherd

 

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and pennstatelive, for the photo of Jim Cramer. 
 
 
 
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“I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Matthew 26:29

Linda and I stepped out of the elevator and this is the scene that greeted us. The rooftop restaurant looks out on the Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill.  The beautifully set tables announced that a gathering was imminent.  And sure enough, just a few minutes after this picture was taken, every seat was filled. A large family and some friends were gathering after a First Communion. Wine began flowing, food was served. The setting was spectatcular, the atmosphere joyful, full of life, a celebration. It was great to be there, even if we were on the outside looking in.

Thank God for these moments. Respites when we may gather with others for celebrations; brief truces in the wider conflicts, struggles and pressures of living, little glimpses of God’s promised future.

When our Lord Jesus Christ gathered with His disciples for what we know as the Last Supper, He was giving them, and us, a foretaste of the future. “I will not drink of the cup again”, He said, “until I drink it with you in my Father’s kingdom.” In other places, Christ Jesus described the coming kingdom as a marriage feast that knows no end. In every service of Holy Communion the future comes to meet us, full of joy and promise.

Some day, we will all be gathered at the banquet of the Lamb. Fellowship with the Living God will be the occasion for us. The endless drone of the world’s melancholy will finally give way to the joyous harmonies of eternal Easter, the glorious celebration that Christ has prepared for His people.  We will enter the banquet hall of the kingdom. Every place will be set and the feast that knows no end will begin! 

 

“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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From  Pastor Mark’s blog:

http://www.lightofthemaster.com/apps/blog

 

Thank you, Pastor Mark.

Trinitarian and Christological controversies

Here’s a very interesting and informative class on those who have historically denied the human nature of Christ, or the true Divinty of Christ.  Also, those who have denied the Trinity and some of the reasons why they did (some still do).

Join Pastor Mark and the class for:

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click> Trinitarian and Christological Controversies

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

And thanks also to flickr and pouriya2007, for the photo of the icon depicting the First Council of Nicaea.

 

 

 

 

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What is there to talk about these days?

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Can you recall the conversations at the last party you attended?

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Listen to Pastor Mark’s sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Easter:

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click> What is there to talk about these days? 

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and Urban Mixer, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

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In-depth study of the book of Romans with Pastor Mark

We’ll be studying the book of Romans with Pastor Mark for several months.

 In these beginning verses, Paul establishes some very key points right from the git-go.

You might want to have a Bible in front of you, and maybe even a copy of a Greek New Testament, if you want to follow along as Pastor Mark highlights some key words and phrases in the original language.

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click > Romans 2012 class #1

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Thank you very much, Pastor Mark.

And thank you to flickr and armn_v, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why did the resurrected Jesus, the Christ, still retain the wounds of His crucifixion?

 

One might think that the resurrected Jesus would have received a brand new, perfect (without flaw) body after He was raised from the dead to new life.

What about us, then?  Will we also retain our wounds and scars?

Listen in to Pastor Mark’s sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Easter:

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click > Why did He retain the wounds?

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and Holly Gibson, for the photo.
 
 
 
 
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Jim Nestingen and Rod Rosenbladt

 Rod Rosenbladt | thisweconfess

 

click > Video-#1

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click > Video-#2

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Thanks to The Wittenberg Institute http://www.wittenberginstitute.org

and youtube, for the videos.

And of course, thank you to Jim and Rod.

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