A Blessed and Joyous Easter to you

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Thanks to flickr and martinlightinchrist, for the photo.

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Good Friday. How God lashes you to that Cross.

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Good Friday sermon from 2012:

click > How God ties us to the cross and resurrection

(there are some places where the audio momentarily cuts out in our aging sound system but the message is not affected)

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Have a blessed Good Friday.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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Thanks to flickr and pattykoplitz, for the photo.

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Jesus wants you to….no…commands you to wash the feet of your neighbor.

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Not literally (but maybe so).  He commands you to love.  To be in service to your neighbor.  To be selfless in that service.

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“Well…I don’t want to. I don’t feel like it.”   No kidding.   I don’t much feel like doing it, myself.

And usually when I do make an attempt, I find that I am wishing that I were somewhere else,  doing something else, besides “loving” my neighbor. How’s that for a loving, selfless heart?

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What does this mean for me?  For you?  That we so often refuse to do what Jesus commands us us?

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It means that we must die. It means that He had to die. So that He could bear all our sin, and forgive us.

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Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus washed their feet and shared the Last Supper with them, reveals to us our great love of self and our great rebellion to the will of the Living God. It exposes us and reveals our great need of a Savior.

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click > The Last Day of Jesus’ Life

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Yes…it’s the same sermon by Pastor Mark that was up a day earlier. It deserves to be up for this post, as well. It deserves to be shared with those who maybe aren’t so familiar with what this story, His story, is all about. So pass it along, if you can. It’s another way to share His love and forgiveness with a neighbor, friend, family member, or enemy. (categories may overlap)

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Thank you.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark, for the sermon.

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And thanks to flickr and jamesfischer, for the photo.

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Maundy Thursday (getting ready for it)

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Maundy Thursday is tomorrow, but I thought I’d post this sermon by Pastor Mark that you might get a head start on the words that will come out of the mouth of your preacher. That you might see more clearly what exactly Jesus was doing on that night, and take an honest look at yourself in light of what Jesus said, and did.

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click > The Last Day of Jesus’ Life

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and Inspirational.Images, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holy Week. The Greatest Story Ever Told. You are in the story.

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Yesterday began Holy Week.

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Pastor Mark speaks to that fact and how Jesus meets us in this, greatest of all stories.

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click > Holy Week, 2013

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and Waiting For The Word, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the end, what the gospel is really all about.

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The gospel.

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It’s not about our security, or our wants and desires, or our material blessings, or the good and bad in our lives.

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click > After all else…what the gospel is finally all about.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and Livingword2012, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is ‘worship’?

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We’ve got Mary. We’ve got Judas. We’ve got poor people. We’ve got very expensive perfume. And we’ve got Jesus.

What does all of that have to do with worship?

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Listen in and see:

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click > What does worship look like?

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and magdalena 67, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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