April 20, 2015

Of One Heart and Soul

Now the full number of those who believed was of one heart and soul… And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus…  Acts 4:32-35 Great events have a way of bringing people together and focusing all their minds on one great purpose. After Pearl Harbor the entire […]

March 30, 2015

What Do You Expect to Find?

Easter Sunday Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. It’s Easter Sunday at last! It is the end of a long, dark week. We’ve followed Jesus through scenes of conflict, foreboding, accusation, torment, death, and sorrowful waiting. […]

March 30, 2015

In Silence

Holy Week: Saturday Once again there is no Scripture for this day. Saturday was a day of silence among those who had loved Jesus. The Sabbath began with the appearance of the first star at sunset on Friday evening. Jesus’ friends and disciples had scattered. They were in hiding in the homes of friends, or […]

March 30, 2015

Let Me Never Forget This Day

Holy Week: Good Friday After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Did you sleep last night? After a good meal – perhaps after attending worship on Maundy Thursday evening, you climbed into bed and found the rest […]

March 30, 2015

Special Preparations

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is […]

March 30, 2015

Pray. Watch. Think. Wait. Trust.

Holy Week: Wednesday There is no Bible reading today. There is no mention of this day in the Gospels. Apparently Jesus did not enter the city today. He remained at the home of Lazarus and Mary and Martha in Bethany. On Sunday Jesus entered the city to great tumult and rejoicing. Monday was a day […]

March 30, 2015

Jesus’ Last Week of Ministry

Holy Week: Tuesday [Jesus said] “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said […]

March 30, 2015

Isn’t the Church Really a Business?

Holy Week: Monday The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. then he said to the […]

March 30, 2015

Joy and Grief

Holy Week: Palm Sunday The whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices… As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. […]

March 17, 2015

Known and Loved

“You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the […]

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