Good for Us

Why is Good Friday considered “good”?

Christ was betrayed by one disciple, denied by another, and deserted by the others. He was mocked and beaten, stripped and slapped, interrogated and jeered. He was declared innocent, but put to death anyway. The perfect became a sacrifice for the imperfect. He was forsaken by God, His Father. Body broken. Isolated and alone.

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Hosanna! Palm Sunday 2017

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. But today, we celebrate when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was welcomed by a large crowd as Savior and King. “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they shouted. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9

A Separation, Darkness, and Good Friday

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Here is an awesome Good Friday devotional from Lon Solomon that we thought we would share. (Also, you can listen to Lon preaching “Jesus Rose from the Dead, IMPOSSIBLE?” at MBC this Easter weekend).

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
(Matthew 27:45-46)

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Christmas: God Is With Us

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Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

 

Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is called many names. Some of these are: Light of the World, Prince of peace, Word of Life, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, Lamb of God, Savior, True Vine and Immanuel. This last name, Immanuel, simply means “God with us.”

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Methods of Evangelism – Lifestyle Evangelism (Part One)

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Lifestyle Evangelism is probably the most popular method of evangelism out there and it may be because it is the easiest. According to The Encyclopedia of Protestantism printed in 2004, approximately 100 million people use this approach to evangelism. Lifestyle Evangelism is when Christians show their faith to others by doing good works and leading a good lifestyle hoping that unbelievers will notice the difference and come to Christ on their own. The advantages of using this method is that as Christians our lives ought to be different from those who are not saved and live in the secular world. Jesus the Christ said in Matthew 5:13-14: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

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As Christians, Does It Matter How We Live Our Lives?

As Christians, it does matter how we live for so many different reasons. Once we accept Christ into our lives to be our Savior God through the Holy Spirit immediately begins working in us so that we will have the power to live for Him. However many Christians, including us, often find ourselves struggling to live righteously because instead of relying on God’s power, we try to change from our previous lifestyles on our own.

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God Is Here With Us

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is called many names. Some of these are: Light of the World, Prince of peace, Word of Life, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, Lamb of God, Savior, True Vine and Immanuel. This last name, Immanuel, simply means “God with us.”

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