Saturday, 31 March 2018
Passion Week
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Saturday/Sunday – Read Mark 16:1-20

Thought – Hope

Sabbath day I am sure was filled with more questions than answers. The unbelief from yesterday’s events were likely replayed many times over. I even think that those who were filled with power and accomplishment were uneasy. The day likely went by very slow. Then Sunday came with quite a stir. The words I will be raised again came into full view. Begin today to praise God for raising Jesus to life again. Life once again brought hope. (Listen to the message of HOPE given at New Life of Currituck, April 1st, 2018)

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Posted on 03/31/2018 6:54 AM by Pastor Dan
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Friday, 30 March 2018
Passion Week
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Friday – Read Mark 15:1-47

Thought – Dream or Reality

 

Today is filled with ups and downs. Jesus was on trial and another criminal was released in place of Him. Jesus was made fun of and beaten almost to where you could not even recognize Him. Those who loved Him stood at a distance wondering if this was real or a dream. At nine in the morning Jesus was nailed to a cross, and for six long hours hung naked and alone. One group of people looking on with the sense of power and accomplishment, another group looking on in disbelief and sorrow. The two groups of people so close in proximity to each other but with very different feelings and responses. A man called Joseph with awareness and common sense arranged the burial, so Jesus could be put in the grave with a little bit of dignity.

My friend I wonder if you can recall a day that something happened during the day that you did not expect at the beginning of that day, I know I have had those days. But Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen. Before the world was even made the plan was already in motion. The plan of redeeming your life and restoring it to God. No dream here this is reality my friend. God loves you so much, He sent Jesus, his Son for your restoration. You may be caught by surprise of the things that happen in your life, but God is not. Because he knows what you need when you need it. It is no surprise to Jesus the things you are going through, so He has the answer for ways you can overcome them. In the ups and downs of life take courage my friend that God has a plan and purpose for you in every part of life.

Today ask Jesus to speak to you about how He will work the ups and downs of your life for your good.

“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, Philippians 3:7-9

 

‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
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Posted on 03/30/2018 6:53 AM by Pastor Dan
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Thursday, 29 March 2018
Passion Week
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Thursday – Read Mark 14:12-72

Thought – Faith among failure

If we were living a day like this, we would say we had a good day gone bad. Jesus takes this day to bring the old covenant into full view and translate it into the new covenant by sharing communion with the disciples. Things go downhill from there. Peter says he will not leave Jesus, but he does later. Judas completes the plan of betrayal. Peter, James, and John cannot stay awake to pray, and the false trial of Jesus begins.

Have you ever felt all alone, like no one understands or cares?

God is the only one who will never leave you or forsake you. When all those around Jesus left, He did not abort the plan God had in motion, so you and I could have peace with God. Whatever struggle or challenge you find yourself in today, seek the wisdom, council, and correction from a loving God who did not give up on you. If a friend or loved one is going through a tough time, don’t give up on them. Failure in life brings about an opportunity for Jesus to speak faith into your life.

Don’t deny Jesus today, but give Him praise for all He has done for you.

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Posted on 03/29/2018 6:57 AM by Pastor Dan
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Passion Week
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Wednesday – Read Mark 14:1-11

Thought - The pain and the blessing

Wednesday was going to be a calm day and shows what was important to Jesus. (God) Jesus was spending the day relaxing with those who were close to Him. The people that likely supported Him in the rough days of the ministry. I can see in my minds eye that this was the group that went every where with Jesus making sure things were ready for Him, willing to do anything He needed them to do no questions asked. What beautiful servants reflected here in this picture. It still is amazing to me that even today two worlds can clash so quickly, and if we do not have faith in Jesus it can be hard. The pain and the blessing is the clash. The blessing is that God loved Jesus so much that He was revealing to Jesus what would happen when people gave their all to Him. Just as the widow’s mite from yesterday here a woman was giving her very best to God. You see it was not only the cost of the perfume but the way it was given. No, I do not please Jesus just by opening the lid and pouring out a little bit here and there. When I am broken the perfume gets all over Jesus and fills the room with a wonderful aroma. When my life broken and worn down from life loving Jesus with all my heart, mind, and strength, and my neighbor as myself is a sweet aroma of Jesus to others. The pain is the individuals who say we are wasting our time, talent and treasure, and hope for our demise. Please remember that even during our demise God is seen and is a sweet aroma. (Listen to the message the power of the cross given March 25, 2018 at New Life of Currituck. The story of Job)

The tough question today for you and I is this. What in my life needs to be broken no matter what people may think?

We often hold on the masks because we worry about what others will think of us. Will they make fun of me? Will they think I am crazy? Will they not like me anymore?

Your worry is keeping you from experiencing true freedom in Christ. In just a few days there will be a revelation of the resurrection Jesus that will bring joy which washed away any pain of rejection.

Today make a list of those people who are important to you. Begin to pray for them and ask God how you can encourage Jesus by loving them the way He has loved you.

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Posted on 03/28/2018 6:57 AM by Pastor Dan
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Passion Week
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Tuesday – Read Mark 11:20 – 13:37

Thought - Day of Revelation

Tuesday morning begins with a visible sign in the natural of what God was doing. The fig tree was withered from the roots up. God had just revealed to the disciples that the old covenant was about ready to be dead. The sacrificial system was no longer valid after the events of the coming weekend. This encourages Jesus to talk about what is coming. He tells the disciples to have faith in God. (Verse 22) Read the questions that might even be presented to us today. By what authority do you do these things? Jesus answer spoke of Himself as the foundation of the new covenant. Next was the paying of taxes, the next resurrection, and then taught in the temple, and observe the widow who truly became an example of God giving everything for you in love. In Chapter 13 Jesus continues to reveal His return.

Carefully read these events on Tuesday of the passion week and ask God for revelation. I asked to pray over what you wrote yesterday. You see today in the life of Jesus was the love of God being poured out on and in Jesus. As Jesus went through the day His strength was increasing as God was preparing Him for what was to come. Read the story of the dash.

 I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.  What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash…would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?

Jesus was completing His earthly dash with great courage what about you?

Read once again Luke 12:29-31 and pray that God will reveal to you His love to complete your dash.

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Posted on 03/27/2018 6:56 AM by Pastor Dan
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