Twelve days Running!

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Here we are, twelve days into the month of April and I am still basking in the afterglow of the glorious and redemptive act of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
From the cruel cross to the emancipated empty tomb, this is where we find the great juxtaposition of history.

One man’s (Jesus) willing pursuit and achievement to take on the sin of the world on the Cross –
our grief,
our loss,
our misconceptions,
our futile chasing after significance,
our dysfunction,
our abandonment of all things godly,
our internal struggle of shame,
and the list goes on and on (Believe me! My personal list goes on for another three or four pages… and that would be the Reader’s Digest version)

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The Cup

Cups

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

The first Thursday after Easter!

We go back a week to take a look at “The Cup” from which Jesus drank a week earlier (The Thursday before Easter!)

While in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays – “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26: 39)

“The Cup” of which Jesus speaks are those life situations, skills, idiosyncrasies,  circumstances, and calling which has been placed in our path of life with which we must confront, deal with, live with, embrace, and drink.

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Good Friday

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On the Friday Jesus was crucified, these were His last words on the cross…

1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do …

2. To the thief on the cross – Today you will be with me in paradise…

3. “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to John the disciple: “This is your mother.”

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? …

5. I thirst. …

6. It is finished. …

7. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

“He loved them to the end…” (John 13: 1)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
David

Maundy Thursday

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the last Thursday of the month of March 2018.
It’s the last Thursday before Easter 2018.
That can only mean one thing…
It’s Maundy Thursday!

Not Monday Thursday…
It’s Maundy Thursday! The day of Jesus’ “Last Supper” with the disciples.
Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment or mandate.

Jesus commanded His disciples and us during the Last Supper to “do this in remembrance of me.”
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Peace

Palm Sunday

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It is the last Thursday before Holy Week!
That can only mean one thing!!!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday!!

This is the Sunday where Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and “high fives” everyone, by slapping his palm against everyone else’s palm.
Thus… Palm Sunday! (Don’t worry about laughing out loud wherever you are! Our world needs a dose of laughter today!)

Let’s talk about peace!

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Unity

United we stand

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Unity

Unity is such an interesting word.

There are many words within the word “Unity”

There’s “U” as in You…
There’s “I” as in Me…
There’s “tiny” as in Unity is NOT a tiny issue…
There’s “nu” as in, Unity might be a “new” concept for “U”.
There’s “tun” as in there’s a “ton” at stake on this matter of Unity.
There’s “nity” as in to achieve Unity we are going to have to get down to the “nitty” gritty.
There’s “ty” as in to begin working toward Unity there has to be something greater, bigger, better, supernatural, spiritual that “ties” us together.
There’s “tin” as in Tin takes a high polish and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Unity coated relationships shine bright by taking a high polish and are not easily corroded.
There’s “nit” as in Unity will never happen if we are constantly “nit picking” – looking for small or unimportant errors or faults in others, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily.
And last, but certainly not least there’s “nut” as in most people think we are “nuts” to even pray about unity in the world in which we live…

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On being connected

Grapes

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

On being connected………….

In our modern iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung, Android, Google Pixel, Twitter, Computer Gaming, Facebook, texting and Instagram driven technological world, we as a people have never communicated more than at any other time in the rest of human history combined.

Just walk around the mall, the Outlets, the Casinos, or even down on The Strip. People’s posture is horrendous as we are bent over at some awkward angle with our hand or hands firmly gripped on our smart phones while checking email, the news, gaming, Twitter, Facebook and every other type of social media.

Communication is at an all-time high!!
Connectivity is at an all-time low…

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

Scent is one of the most powerful of the five senses, warning us of danger, triggering cherished memories and even helping us to find our true love…

Researchers suggest on a global scale the perfume/cologne industry in 2018 will be worth a whopping 45.8 billion dollars.

The world also makes a big statement – “Scent matters.”

What kind of perfume or cologne do you wear?
How often do you wear it?
Every day? Once a week? Just on hot dates? First thing in the morning?

Fragrance, Scent and Aroma played a large role in the Bible as Jesus was twice anointed with very expensive perfume. Each anointing brought criticism as the anointing was perceived as a waste of money, since poor people could have benefited from the sale of the perfume.

In John 12 as Jesus was being anointed by Mary, the gospel writer says, “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

Which raises the question for us today.
What do we smell like?
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Delays

Delayed

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the first day and the first Thursday of February – a tremendous twofer!!

Have you ever been delayed?

In Traffic?
On an airplane?
By a phone call?
By a friend?
By a text message?
In receiving an answer to a prayer request?

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