Good Friday

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. - 1 Peter 3:18 Today, we remember the day that Christ was crucified to bring us salvation. This day is pivotal in our faith journeys. It is the day that proceeds Christ's victory over death. As we worship today, we do so knowing what will happen Saturday. We grieve over the death and suffering of Jesus, but we do not have the sense of hopelessness that the disciples had on this day almost two thousand years ago. As we walk through Holy Week together, we remember both the happiest of days, and the days filled with great despair.

The Holiest of Weeks

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. - John 3:16-17 We are about to begin the biggest week in our faith as Christians, Holy Week! Throughout this week we will recount how Jesus rode into Jerusalem instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion at a Seder meal, how he died by crucifixion, and finally how he rose after death. Each year, this week gives me all of the feels. Mixed in with the joy of Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem is the dread of his crucifixion. After the despair of his dea

God Loves You, And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. - Romans 5:6-8 Yesterday I met with other Associate Pastors in our area. During our conversation, a few of them lifted up a phrase that has been commonly used in their churches, "God loves you, and there is nothing you can do about it!" After some debate about how really, we do something about it (we respond with love), we settled on this phrase as being a solid reminder that no matter what, God loves us.

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