6-String Salvo, April 18, 2014

bigstock-Guitar-950679Today is Good Friday, the day our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and was buried.  We look forward to Sunday as we celebrate our risen Lord and the empty tomb.  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

1. Here are five errors that we need to be reminded of to drop when it comes to Easter.

2. C. Michael Patton demonstrates why Christianity is the world’s most falsifiable religion.

3. Trevin Wax shows us how the atonement is like a multifaceted diamond.

4. Joe Rigney reminds us that envy turned deadly with the crucifixion of Jesus.

5. Elyse Fitzpatrick tells us what Easter says about us.

6. Aaron Earls shares videos of 5 influential Easter hymns.

Here’s Keith Green singing The Easter Song, one of my favorites…

A New Song

Revelation 5:9-10 says this…

Revelation 5:9-10 (HCSB) 

9 And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed ⌊people⌋ for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.

As Friday approaches, we remember what happened on that day…our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was slaughtered.  But by His death, people from every tribe, language, people and nation were redeemed.  And whether these people were princes or paupers, cowards or courageous, moral or immoral, male or female, slave or free, they are now, in Christ, a kingdom of priests who are reigning with Christ and will reign with Christ on the earth.

Today we remember Jesus giving His disciples a new command to love one another.  He models what this love looks like by washing the feet of His disciples.  He tells them of the new covenant that’s coming through His death and resurrection and gives them a way to be reminded of that new covenant.  He prays, is arrested, and begins a series of “kangaroo” courts.

And then comes Friday.  Jesus dies.

And we mourn His death.  We scatter in fear.  We stay behind locked doors.

But Sunday morning, we sing a new song!  He is risen, He is risen, indeed!

Jesus and Lazarus

lazaraus-tombLazarus was raised from the dead.

Jesus was raised from the dead.

Lazarus was raised by Jesus.

Jesus raised Himself (John 10:17).

Lazarus heard Jesus’ voice.

Jesus was heard by His Father.

Lazarus was raised in a body that would die again.

Jesus was raised in a resurrection body that would never die.

Lazarus’ raising was the talk of the town (John 12:9).

Jesus’ resurrection turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).

Lazarus needed the life only Jesus can give.

Jesus IS life and gives life to all who will repent and believe.

Lazarus is looking forward to the resurrection.

Jesus IS the resurrection.

Jesus still calls dead men (and women) to life.

This Easter will we hear His voice?

Easter Week Preparation

Easter is a big week, and busy week, for pastors at churches.  Everything from the facilities to the service are prepared for in anticipation of the largest attendance of the year.  Many guests will be in attendance.  Some who have been away from church will come back.  It’s an intense week in many ways.

Easter is also a busy week for all church members.  We’re picking out new clothes, making plans for Sunday lunch, and inviting friends and family to attend.

I sent this to our pastors yesterday and thought these might be good for all of us to remember as we look forward to the week…

1. Remember to rejoice in the resurrection!  It’s hard to lead others to rejoice if we’re not!

2. Expect our Lord to do great things this week!  From the lunches to the distribution to Tenebrae to Sunday, let’s expect our Lord to save, to draw prodigals, and to do unexpected things that we would never have imagined!

3. Pray, pray, pray!  Pray for me as I prepare the message, pray for Mark & the worship/tech teams, pray for our luncheons, pray for distribution, pray for the Tenebrae service, pray for our people to invite unchurched and lost folks, pray for the lost and those far from God who will be in attendance on Sunday, pray for stuff I’m not including.

4. Lead!  Take time to call/contact key leaders encouraging them to work hard this week in getting people here.  Who are we inviting so that we can model what we want from our people?

5. Rest!  While we work hard this week, remember to rest in the Lord remembering only He can change hearts.  We are the means He’s chosen to get the message out, but when we come to the end of the day on Sunday, let’s rest in Him.

I know it’s easy to say we should do this every week, and we should definitely work hard every week.  But Easter is definitely special.  I pray that all who read this will experience the joy of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this week and every week!

The Lord is My Shepherd…The Notes

Yesterday’s sermon from Jeremiah 23:1-8 continued my series in Jeremiah.  You can listen to the sermon here.  Here are the notes…

1. There are “shepherds” who are really wolves among the people v. 1-2

They destroy the sheep

They scatter the sheep

They don’t attend to the sheep

How? Through false teaching

2. God will provide true shepherds who point to the True Shepherd v. 3-8

God will not leave His people shepherdless v. 3-4

God will give His people a righteous Davidic King v. 5-6

This Shepherd King’s reign will be unlike any other v. 7-8

3. Jesus is our Shepherd King…will we follow Him or reject Him?

This was the choice that Jerusalem had when Jesus entered on Palm Sunday as their King (Luke 19:28-40) and it’s our choice today.

The Lord is Our Shepherd

As we continue in our Jeremiah sermon series, today we look at Jeremiah 23:1-8…

Jeremiah 23:1-8 (HCSB)
1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” ⌊This is⌋ the Lord’s declaration. 2 “Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd My people: You have scattered My flock, banished them, and have not attended to them. I will attend to you because of your evil acts”—⌊this is⌋ the Lord’s declaration. 3 “I will gather the remnant of My flock from all the lands where I have banished them, and I will return them to their grazing land. They will become fruitful and numerous. 4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing.” ⌊This is⌋ the Lord’s declaration.

5 “The days are coming”—⌊this is⌋ the Lord’s declaration— “when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David. He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. This is what He will be named: Yahweh Our Righteousness. 7 “The days are coming”—the Lord’s declaration—“when it will no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the land of the north and from all the other countries where I had banished them.’ They will dwell once more in their own land.”

Saturday Stuff

There’s only one guy that might be, again might be, in the realm of Chuck Norris toughness, and that’s Jack Bauer.  Check out the new trailer for 24: Live Another Day which debuts on Fox on 5/5/14…

Here’s an interview with the executive producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  This interview contains MAJOR SPOILERS from Captain America: The Winter Soldier so if you haven’t seen the movie, you may not want to read.

Check out ScreenRant’s 5 great fictional non-athletes in sports movies.

Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy coming out this summer is connected to The Avengers 3.


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