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This guide provides twenty daily readings, each exploring God’s call to Christians to become generous stewards of His bountiful provision. They are encouraging, challenging and life-giving. Generosity is an attitude of the heart that needs to be cultivated, encouraged and grown. Generosity is a personal sacrifice but a wonderful gift. There are so many ways to give
Who do you say Jesus is? Betrayed by his friend, Jesus is ambushed in the garden of Gethsemane by Judas, the religious leaders, and a group of Roman soldiers. When he asks who they’re looking for, they answer, “Jesus of Nazareth.” JESUS OF NAZARETH The son of Mary and Joseph; the carpenter boy; the rebel; the
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Often we’re told that something is a classic. Yet some of the great stories in literature, film, music and art (“the classics”) are completely lost on us because of how we approached them. We read them the wrong way. If we read our bibles like one big story, one big narrative, by the time we
Most sports’ movies have the same plot. So, even if you haven’t seen the 80s classic Hoosiers, you probably know what it’s about. There’s a small-town basketball team, misfit players, washed up coach, and the underdogs make it the state final. But the final is played in a huge arena, one like they’ve never seen.
When I hear a good song, I want to play it again, put it on repeat. One such song is Elevation Worship’s aptly titled Do It Again: “I’ve seen you move, You move the mountains And I believe I’ll see you do it again You made a way where there was no way And I believe
Sometimes I take a whole sequence of photos, only to look back and see that a lot of them are blurry. How did I do that? There are times in our lives and in our life as a church that we need to stop and refocus because things can get a bit blurry. There are many of ways to
Many of us can never see peace because we can’t understand grace. We want to repay, to make it up – always striving, always grafting – but we can never repay God. We come with our hurts and fears, our brokenness, and yet Jesus takes us as we are; that’s grace. When we can’t repay,
Carrying His Cross (John 19:16-42)Rod Thearle, 10/04/2020
Part of the These Are Written: John 18-21 series, preached at a Good Friday service
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16Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 19And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 21Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. 22Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. 23Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. 25Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. 38And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. (KJV)