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The Passion Week

Posted By at Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

Here we are halfway through the Passion Week. It's Wednesday already and Easter morning, resurrection day is approaching this Sunday.

ON WEDNESDAY

The woman poured expensive perfume over Jesus' feet and wiped them dry with her hair.
In Mark 14:6-7 Jesus said, "She has done a good and beautiful thing".

ON THURSDAY

In Mark 14.22-24 When Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper or Communion, and during the supper, Jesus served His disciples bread and wine, 22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

THEN ON FRIDAY

The first day. Jesus was tried and crucified. In Mark 15.23-25 23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. 24 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.
25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
Mark 15.33-35 Jesus Dies on the Cross
33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” Which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!”
36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.”
37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.

ON SATURDAY

The second day. Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb. In Mark 15.42-47 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the Kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate marvelled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.
45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus observed where He was laid.

RESURRECTION SUNDAY

The Third Day. The women visited Jesus' tomb on the third day to find the stone rolled away. The stone was not rolled away so Jesus could get out, He was already gone, but so the disciples could get in. Jesus later appeared to His disciples, assigning them the Great Commission. He was then taken up into heaven to sit at the right hand of God.

HE IS RISEN
Mark 16.1-7
16 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
Back in John 11.25-26 Jesus made this significant statement to Martha when her brother Lazarus had died:
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Do you believe it today? If you do you can have a wonderful proper Easter celebration, it's not about Easter eggs and Easter buns, it's all about the RISEN Christ.

Norman

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You Can Say No!

Posted By at Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Eph 5.11-16 Message Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!

Ephesians 5.15-16 Amplified Bible Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

These are some basic instructions for the Christian walk as outlined in Ephesians by Paul the Apostle and we need to study them all and be completely familiar with them. God has laid down these teaching practices and boundaries for our preservation and as a means of allowing us to achieve what He meant us to do.

We live in a society that is constantly challenging us to stretch beyond our limits and reach for the stars. There are pleas for help from so many worthy causes and charities and also demands on our time and energies that face each of us every day. I still get calls almost daily from charities asking for help even though our phone number is on the do not call list.

Every time we go to the shopping centre, collectors for something or other ask us for help. Because we have chosen to support certain charities we have had to learn to be able to say NO as politely as we can to the others.

Learning to say no to people is one of the best things you can do for yourself, yet many people find it extremely difficult. Because basically we all want to be liked and want to be accepted. The ironic thing is, people will like you better and respect you more if you say no when it's appropriate!

We all need to learn to say NO because this frees you to be able to say YES to the really important things that The Lord is directing you to do. These are the things that will bring the greatest satisfaction and allow you to de-clutter your life and keep things in balance.

Norman

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True Humility

Posted By at Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Psalm 46.11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 

If we put our trust in ourselves--our accomplishments, our possessions, our investments--there will come a time, regardless of how much we have accumulated, when it will all fail us. But when we put our faith in God and His Word - if we confess that our strength and our ability are inadequate but that God's strength and God's ability will never fail - then we will discover why the humble and the meek of this world are blessed.

Christian humility is not cowardice. It is not a summons to be a doormat. Rather it is an invitation to work behind the scenes in an enterprise greater than any of us could ever accomplish on our own; it is an invitation to appreciate the simple blessings in life; and it is an invitation to trust God - whose strength will never fail.

Norman

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The Word is the Power

Posted By at Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

There are some people who are reading this right now and they’re saying, Lord, you know I believe your Word, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I have been hearing about healing for a long time, yet for some reason I don’t seem to get it. What is wrong?

Sometimes the answer is just a simple adjustment in our believing. Romans 1:16 said, “... it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ...”

When you say, “Lord, I believe” what “I” are you talking about?

Is it your mind or are you talking about your heart?

Let’s take a closer look at what Paul says in the verse of Scripture above in that regard.

First of all, Paul says, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel."

Why? Because "The Gospel or the Word of God is the power of God." Hence, we can say that the Word is the power. The Word is the power unto salvation for everybody that believes.

Lets look at Romans 1:16 in the Amplified Bible: For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

The Word of God is God’s power working. The Word is working. Hold fast to that. Don't let it go, you need to have The Word of faith working in your life to be healed and whole and financially sound and to have a strong marriage, if you are to base those things on God's Word.

Don't miss it!  God has much more for you than you are experiencing today.

Norman