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Called to Pray

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Bad News & Good News

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Serve the Lord

Jesus commands us to love one another. We accomplish this by serving one another. But, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes people aren’t as they ought to be. Sometimes it’s hard just to follow Christ. It seems like we can easily go from spiritual highs to spiritual lows. Is there a way to gain some consistency?



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Sharing the Meal

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Be a Blessing

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God's Faithfulness Gives Life

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Deep in their grief, the women went to the tomb to finish preparing Jesus’ body for burial. They should have known better, their efforts, though beautifully loving, were unnecessary. Jesus is alive! The tomb is empty! The angels reminded them of the words Jesus told them, how he’d be handed over to sinful men, crucified, died, buried, but on the third day he’d rise from the dead.

The disciples, the Eleven, didn’t believe the women. Peter checked it out for himself. They were right, they told the truth. Jesus body wasn’t there. He began to wonder. Together the disciples started putting the pieces in place. Jesus is alive!



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Unexpected Triumph

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God's Faithfulness Produces Reconciliation

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On Sunday, we talked about Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, the parable of the lost son. Sunday marked the fourth Sunday in Lent. In today’s text we looked at the familiar parable of the lost son. And while many of us have heard this story countless times from Sunday school to many sermons over the years; it is our hope your hearts and minds can be opened as you dive into various other texts connecting to this parable.

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God's Faithful Strength

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The Pharisees warned Jesus that He was in danger from Herod. They told Him if He didn’t stop doing what He was doing, Herod would kill Him. But Jesus refused to listen to them and continued to do what God called Him to do. Jesus was confident in His Father’s promises, given in the past. Jesus knew that the Father’s faithful strength would carry Him through whatever He faced. In fact, Jesus longed to gather all of God’s people into God’s protective care. But people are stubborn, and they refuse to find shelter in God.

Jesus faced His suffering head-on. In our North American culture, we don’t like to think or talk about struggles or suffering. Additionally, we can strive after things that give us comfort, but in the end don’t really help us at all. We need to face suffering and struggles with confidence in God. God’s faithful strength lifts us up when we are tired and weak. God gives us the grace to demonstrate his loving care, even as we suffer, in caring for others.



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Transfiguration

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Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him up a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying (the disciples fell asleep—foreshadowing to the night Jesus was betrayed) his face changed and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Moses and Elijah appeared with him. The disciples woke up and couldn’t believe what they were seeing! Moses and Elijah encouraged Jesus for what he was about to do (be crucified on a cross to pay for the sins of the world). Then God the Father spoke from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, who takes away the sins of the world.



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