Apr 10, 2016
Greeting
Series: Easter
Greet Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me”.
Matthew 25:35, 40 NIV
Gracious God, give me a heart that remembers the “strangers” who are on my path today. May I treat them as I would treat you if you came to me today.
God gave you the gift of a smile that radiates encouragement! Don’t fence it in! As you go about your day, embrace others with a smile, greeting, and/or the offer of a helpful hand. Pay attention to how they change; pay attention to how you change. Silently say a prayer for them.
Is there someone in service that you have never seen before? Introduce yourself. If they are new or visiting, invite them over to the Fellowship Hall, Sunday School class or ask them what they are interested in.
Mt 25-35
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  • Apr 10, 2016Greeting
    Apr 10, 2016
    Greeting
    Series: Easter
    Greet Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me”.
    Matthew 25:35, 40 NIV
    Gracious God, give me a heart that remembers the “strangers” who are on my path today. May I treat them as I would treat you if you came to me today.
    God gave you the gift of a smile that radiates encouragement! Don’t fence it in! As you go about your day, embrace others with a smile, greeting, and/or the offer of a helpful hand. Pay attention to how they change; pay attention to how you change. Silently say a prayer for them.
    Is there someone in service that you have never seen before? Introduce yourself. If they are new or visiting, invite them over to the Fellowship Hall, Sunday School class or ask them what they are interested in.
    Mt 25-35
  • Apr 3, 2016Welcome One Another
    Apr 3, 2016
    Welcome One Another
    Series: Easter

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    John 20:19-31

    The unprecedented events of the day of resurrection continue as the risen Jesus appears to his fearful disciples. A week later, after Thomas worships Jesus, Jesus pronounces that the blessings of the resurrection are also for those who “have not seen and yet believe.” 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23
    If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
    24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29
    Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
    30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31
    But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
  • Mar 27, 2016Giving Up Death
    Mar 27, 2016
    Giving Up Death
    Series: Easter

    Luke 24:1-11

    The Resurrection of Jesus

    24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.[a] While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women[b] were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men[c] said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.[d] Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

  • Mar 20, 2016Everybody Loves A Parade
    Mar 20, 2016
    Everybody Loves A Parade
    Series: Lent

    Luke 19:28-40

    Entrance into the final days 28After he had said this, [Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40BL Sermon Slide2
    He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
  • Mar 13, 2016That Was Then…This Is Now
    Mar 13, 2016
    That Was Then…This Is Now
    Series: Lent

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    John 12:1-8
    Judas willfully misinterprets as waste Mary’s extravagant act of anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. Jesus recognizes that her lavish gift is both an expression of love and an anticipation of his burial. 1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8
    You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”