Prayer, Praise, & Promises Apr. 21, 2019

1 Peter 1:3-4 (GNT)

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for His people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away.

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“This Emperor Has Clothes!” – Easter Sunday [4/21/19]

Today’s Passage:  Mark 14:50-52; 15:16-24; 16:1-6

Opening Prayer: He is risen!  Jesus is alive.  A simple, but powerful prayer I offer you today.  May you truly believe that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” [John 3:16 NIV].  May you choose rightly and be saved.  For those who have already chosen to believe in the risen Christ, may you be found worthy through Jesus, the Christ.  Amen.

Opening Songs:
Third Day – He Is Alive (Official Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3WesovtpvI
He Reigns – Newsboys (with lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTqwBetI1I

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “This Emperor Has Clothes!” – Easter Sunday by Scott Spencer, New Testament professor.
In Hans Christian Anderson’s famous folktale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the emperor hired tailors to make him exquisite new clothes with interwoven power that makes them invisible to anyone unfit for their positions. It’s a sham, but everyone, including the emperor, will not admit it because they do not want to be seen as unfit for their positions. So it was in Jesus’ day as well. Scott Spencer, author and New Testament scholar, preaches a sermon called “The Emperor Has No Clothes: Exposing the Naked Truth” from Mark 15-16. He says, “Jesus comes as Lord and Messiah of God’s kingdom with a whole different idea of what it means to rule justly and rightly and it gets him killed by the fancy dressed set.” What is with all of the nakedness and re-clothing in Mark 15-16? What does it mean in light of the crucifixion and resurrection? Listen as Spencer explains how Jesus’ resurrection reveals the naked truth of God’s kingdom.

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtxEXUCf18Y

Closing Song:
Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Amen) [Official Lyric Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBvU7arNhQs
 
Closing Prayer: I am alive because He lives.  Thanks you Jesus!  May we find hope in You.  May Your grace and mercy touch our hearts and souls.  May You heal our brokenness.  May we live for You; being Your hands and feet in the world.  Thank you for a new and eternal hope!  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue:
Third Day – Cry Out To Jesus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmVxRl5bc4Y
Crucified With Christ – Phillips Craig and Dean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0_1jazh454

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [4/21/19]

Mark 16:1-8 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Apr. 20, 2019

Father, we make final preparations to celebrate the resurrection of your Son, Jesus! We praise you and thank you that the tomb was empty that following Sunday morning. We bow before you in humility that our sins were forgiven and rejoice that we can now be with you forever! Amen

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [4/20/19]

John 14:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Apr. 19, 2019

Passover is most often observed in the Jewish faith.  It is a week-long celebration.  In 2019, Passover begins today at sunset.  The beginning of Passover coincides with the Christian observance of Good Friday.  Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The holiday is observed during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter or Resurrection Sunday.

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Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Matthew 27:57-60 New International Version (NIV)

The Burial of Jesus

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

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