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Silent Saturday - Easter 2014

The journey to the cross was complete. All four of the Gospel Writers talk bout the death burial of Jesus. Sundown on Friday was the beginning of the Sabbath. Neither handling a dead body nor the work of preparing one for a burial was acceptable. So a man named Joseph from Arimathea, offered a tomb and linen for Jesus' body. He was laid in the tomb and a large stone was...

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The Journey to the Cross - Good Friday

Good Friday - The Glorious Agony of the Cross "And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left." (Luke 23:33 ESV) What an overly simplistic way to describe what happened on that hillside. "there they crucified him" Crucifixion wasn't an uncommon capital punishment in the Roman w...

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The Journey to the Cross - Thursday

"If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Jesus gathers with his disciples to celebrate the Passover meal in a rented upstairs room. Now, there was likely some washing of hands and face from a day outside in the dusty city but before the meal Jesus does something truly remarkable. The Apostle John records it in his gospel: "Now before the Feast of the Passover,...

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The Journey to the Cross - Wednesday

Woe to the hypocrites! During his time in Jerusalem, Jesus continues to teach those who gather around him. Often, when the crowd gathers, a contingent of religious leaders follows - sometimes to listen but more often to try to fool Jesus into saying something that will get him into trouble. Rather than just answer their trick questions, Jesus often responds with a questi...

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The Journey to the Cross - Tuesday

Beginning last night, at sundown, the 7 day observance of of the Jewish Passover began with what is called a Seder meal. This meal consists of specific traditions and customs each having meaning and significance in the remembrance of God's salvation of his people from slavery and bondage in Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus. More specifically, Passover references t...

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The Journey to the Cross - Monday Morning

For Christians around the globe, yesterday marked what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday. Now, I know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, year 0 and didn't rise from the dead on the 3rd Sunday of the month of April. These days serve as a marker for us. A date and time set aside for us to remember and consider what was happening in God's story of redemption. Palm S...

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A Unique Opportunity for the Midwest Microplex

It's very likely that you've heard the term metroplex. It's a term that is most notably used in Texas to refer to the Dallas/Ft. Worth/Arlington area as 'The Metroplex'. Similar major metropolitan areas around the United States use similar terms to refer to linked major metropolitan areas, for example: "Twin Cities" (Minneapolis-St.Paul), "The Triangle" (Raleigh-Durham). T...

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How to Respond to Misinformation

A response to a recent news report on WDAY...

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Asking For the Wrong Thing...

"There is some reality to the claim that people of all ages leave churches because they feel “fake” or Sunday mornings feel more like a rally for a political party. But I don’t think that is THE reason people are leaving churches. I think it is because they aren’t finding a Jesus in their image."...

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Eyes Open

When was the last time you experienced entering into a new place, situation, job, etc? Try to remember that right now. Uncomfortable, unsettled, and a fish out of water may be some of the words or phrases that come to mind. That's exactly the way people every week enter into our Sunday morning gathering. This is our fourth summer as a church community and between mid-July ...

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