Wednesday Connection 4. 22. 2020
~THIS WILL BE THE EASIEST INVITE TO A SERVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED~
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, TONIGHT, I AM HOSTING THE BIBLE STUDY SERIES, “RISEN.” In the New Testament there are over 50 references to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 50 contexts around those references which beg our inquiry. 50 reasons why the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything for YOU!
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Christopher Parkening, America’s preeminent classical guitarist, dealt his career a deathblow in the late 1970’s when he decided to retire and move to Montana. Sounds wonderfully tempting to me! Five years later he decided to resume his career after spending countless days fishing and horseback riding. Everyone doubted he could get his career back except Christopher. Then one day while invited to play a “Bach Suite” with the Cincinnati Pops everyone discovered that this classical guitarist got his glory back…
For Jesus there was a hidden glory when he took on human flesh and later gave his life as a sacrifice for sin. The day Jesus got his glory back was the day God resurrected him from the dead. And a most glorious outcome it is! Jesus’ resurrection showcased the glory and honor of truly who Jesus is, the Son of God.
ü I remember this whenever I doubt God’s power or presence in my life in my time of need
ü I remember this on days I feel like my own life is wasted and I have made so many mistakes
ü I remember this when others speak despairingly of my Jesus and use his name in vain
ü I remember this on the days my church seems less than glorious
ü I remember this when I am tempted to wonder if I have given my life to a lost cause
ü I remember this when my faith and hope are in God, my Jesus, my Lord and Savior
ü I remember this because no virus or mitigation can destroy God’s relationship of love for me
In preparation for tonight please read next, 1 Peter 1:13ff
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.’
What’s always true? [written by Seth Sanford, our Missionaries to Papua New Guinea]
“Most of the time we don’t even realize how much we value a sense of control. When we’re faced with unknowns and things in life that are out of our control, it can be a scary reality check. The unknowns can be in something as small as a fever, or they can be as big as a worldwide pandemic.
What we turn to in those moments can either paralyze us or free us up to rest and move into those unknowns. We have to choose to remember some of the things that are always true: There is a living, personal God. He’s real.He is good. He has been lovingly engaged since before the beginning of everything. Bad stuff happens because this world is now broken. Someday it will all be perfect again.
God knows what’s happening. He sees it all. He has always moved into the mess. He’s bigger than anything we’re facing. He has never changed. He promised to never leave us. Someday soon we will stand before Him. No matter the size of the thing that’s weighing on us, remembering what’s always true opens the door for Jesus to come into real life. Choosing to remember truth, choosing to do it, and choosing to rest in it … that’s every choice for the rest of our time on earth.”
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Due to the state restrictions for the COVID-19 virus we are planning our 2020 Colchester National Day of Prayer at the Abundant Life Church Parking Lot! May 7, 2020. Please arrive by 6pm. You will receive a program and a phone number to join the conference call and participate in our prayer time! We look forward to gathering with our sister Church, Christian Life Chapel! Sincerely, Colleen Bjorbekk, New London County Coordinator
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Pastor Mike Brubaker, DMin
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