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Memorial Day 2014

memorial day 2014

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours” (Wallace Bruce)

The duty to pass on the value of freedom is ours – there are many examples in recent history that have shown us the the fragile nature of this invaluable gift. We owe a debt to all those who have fallen protecting our freedom, and to their families. To those who are out there today, who are still serving and their loved ones who sacrifice the precious time that cannot be recovered, we owe more than a simple thanks. We owe them our support, our respect, and unending gratitude.

Memorials are meant to connect our lives to something and provide a way to assign meaning to our time by remembering the past. They purposefully involve a focus of attention, in a place, at a time, for a specific purpose understood by all.

Ex. 3.13-17 and Ex. 12.12-14 are the beginning and ending points of the story of the Exodus, of God acting within human history in a very real way, in order to deliver the Israelites from bondage. God told Moses this should be remembered forever. In the last passage above, we have the memorial of the Passover instituted. The lamb and its blood were the means by which the Israelites would be spared, and more than spared, allowed to pass over into the land of the covenant and to dwell with their Lord. Jesus fulfilled the final Passover – one that allows anyone and everyone to be delivered.  Jesus gave to us a memorial, we call it the Lord’s Supper, and He told us to remember it 1Cor. 11.24-26. This solemn act allows us have a way to connect to who He is and what He did – to be aware in a moment that it was His body and His blood that are our Passover. In His death and resurrection, we all become beneficiaries of God once again acting in a very real way to deliver His beloved people. He left us this way to remember – not an empty ritual devoid of meaning, but an act where we once again connect our lives to His life and His cross, where we are able to find meaning, and where we are able to find hope.

 

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Following Jesus

FOLLOWING JESUS

The High School class is beginning a new series – Following Jesus. We will follow Jesus through the gospels…

  • See where He went
  • See who He saw
  • See what He did

Jesus said, “Follow me” … and so we will. We’ll follow His foot steps that He left for us in His Word. Where, who, what… the simple things, but simple things are not necessarily shallow things. Just like the disciples did so long ago, we are going to follow Him, and while the journey is familiar, we know that the Holy Spirit will reveal to us those things that we need. We can’t go back and take the same physical steps as the disciples, that journey is not ours to take. But we can open ourselves up for the journey the Hoy Spirit has for us today. 

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Reality Check: Would Jesus come to your church?

Recently, we challenged the Youth with a question – What if YOU were the church?

What if the entire church was just like you – had the same faith, same prayer life, same bible reading, same soul-winning, same attendance, same service…would it be a place you would want to be?
would Jesus feel welcome?

 

In the book of Revelation (ch 2-3), Jesus writes some letters to some churches. Churches just like ours. Full of people just like us.

ephesus – “cheater christian” you have left the one that you first loved, Me

pergamos – “feel-good christian” you live in the world and like the worldly false church instead of My true church

thyatira – “thrill seeker christian” you allow the fleshly desires to control you

sardis – “zombie christian” you play the part well, but I know you are really a dead on the inside

laodicea – “flip-flop christian” you are making me sick because you won’t be consistent, you know the Truth but won’t choose it

smyrna “struggling christian” you’re living in an environment that doesn’t like or understand your “church” thing, much less your faith

philadelphia – “going places christian” you think you are weak, but you have been faithful to Me anyway, I have opened opportunities for you and will be with You

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

Before you answer, make sure you realize just WHO is asking this question. Get a vision of this (Rev 1:910-18) and THEN answer:

  • HE WHO HOLDS THE 7 STARS IN HIS RIGHT HAND
  • HE WHO WALKS IN THE MIDST OF THE 7 GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS
  • THE FIRST & THE LAST
  • HE WHO WAS DEAD BUT IS NOW ALIVE
  • HE WHO HAS THE SHARP TWO EDGED SWORD
  • SON OF GOD WHO HAS FLAMING EYES & FEET OF BRASS
  • HE THAT IS HOLY, TRUE, HAS KEY OF DAVID
  • THE FAITHFUL & TRUE WITNESS
  • THE AMEN

 

Adapted from the book Forgotten God (Chan, p91).

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Listening and Responding

1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned .
The world today seems to revere the Word of God less than it used to, and yet, most people assume “we” (human kind) are always progressing. It is shown in the relentless questioning of God’w Word, in attempts to redefine the plain truths it contains, and in the ongoing attempts to “modernize” it. 
Our class spends a great deal of time in applying the bible to our lives, discovering how the Word is alive and active in our lives. While many try to alter it, to make it more palatable, we are simply listening to it speak to us. We pray that we are able to respond to its call in our lives, each day. 
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Class is in session

The school year has started and so have we!