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April 2023


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The Greatest Love-Story Of All Time: Epilogue
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus (John 14:6 NASB (Note 2))
We started this Easter love-story tapestry with 1 Corinthians 13:13  – three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.  We end the GLOAT (The Greatest Love-story Of All Time) with the love of salvation.  Of Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Of Eternal life.  Saying this made Jesus one of a lunatic (He believed what He said, but it was not true, in which case He was a certifiable lunatic), a liar (He was sane, but knowingly lied), or our Lord and everything He claimed to be was true. (Note 1) Christianity, therefore, if false, is of no importance. But, if true, is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
So here is the thing.   Was Christ a lunatic, a liar, or God? The time is short. Choose wisely.
Note 1: Jesus’s claim to be God can not be rejected by saying He was simply a great moral teacher, but not the Son of God. A man who was merely a man, and who said the sort of things Jesus said, would not be a great moral teacher.
Note 2: Adapted from Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
Easter2023, 42/42

Sunday, April 16

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The Ascension
After saying this, He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see Him. As they strained to see Him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!”  Acts 1:9-11 NLT
This Easter season, our celebration of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, is coming to an end.   Let us march onward In the spirit of Easter, living each day as Jesus would have us live. And ready ourselves for either His return, or our earthly death, judgment, and joyous Heavenly reunions.
Easter2023, 41/42

Saturday, April 15

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The Great Commission
The Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

Friday, April 14

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The Seven Next Words of Christ
  1. Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?
  2. Greetings…. Don’t be afraid.
  3. What are you so concerned about?
  4. Peace be with you.
  5. Go into the world.
  6. Have you caught any fish?
  7. Wait for the gift.
And then this: “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 NKJV
Easter2023, 39/42

Just Pray

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Just pray about it.
Let’s be real…sometimes that’s easier said than done, right?

Have you ever known you needed to have a tough conversation with someone, but avoided it? We tell ourselves the lie that if we don’t talk about it, the tension or conflict will go away. Maybe it’s just me…but I think that’s probably not the case. 

What about with God? 

It’s easy to praise God for the good, pray for someone close to us who is sick, or share a request about a family in need. But when there is tension, doubt, fear, questions in your heart…do you avoid it and hope it will go away or do we go to God in prayer with all of it? 

There’s a verse that has been stuck to my laptop for the last several months. Since we talked about prayer at The Table, it has just been magnified in my heart. 

“Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

The first truth I needed to remember when I originally post-it noted this verse to my computer was – APPROACH. Don’t hide, ignore, or pretend it is not there. God already knows what’s on my mind.

The second truth I needed to be reminded of – WITH BOLDNESS. I don’t need to timidly beat around the bush and tiptoe in with small talk or some kind of script. Because of Jesus, we have the right and the privilege to approach with boldness as daughters of the King. Just like one of my children has no problem running up and urgently interrupting whatever I’m doing if they are hurt or need something – our identity in Christ gives us unhindered access to the throne of grace. Ask for what you need. Tell Him what is on your heart. Write it. Speak it out loud. Say it over and over again. And, take time to be still and listen. 

One of the best pieces of advice I was given when I was struggling with prayer was to read Psalms, read it often, read it out loud. I wanted so badly for my prayers to be more than “God be with my neighbor who is sick, God thank you for my family.” But, I was stuck with surface level short prayers, worrying about the right thing to say, and afraid to bring my real feelings to God. Through reading the words, the cries, the pleadings, the rollercoaster of emotions, the heartfelt unfiltered prayers of David & others in Psalms, God changed my heart and my prayer life. 

I just want to encourage you today that He hears you. He has heard your voice – every word you have spoken. And what you are afraid to say…He knows that, too. So  don’t avoid the tough stuff. Don’t give God the silent treatment as if He doesn’t already know your heart. He is waiting.
Cry out.
Thank Him.
…just pray.

“I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6

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Monday 9:00AM

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The Seven Next Words of Christ /3
On The Road to Emmaus: What are you so concerned about?  Luke 24:17
As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing Him.
“We had hoped He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel.”
“Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
When He was at the table with them, He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.   Luke 24:15-31
Easter2023, 34/42