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Lord’s Supper and the Holy Spirit (13)

May 2nd, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Mark 14:42-52

42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. (NIV)

Judas betrayed Christ with a kiss, the sign of friendship and love. The betrayal and crucifixion of Christ carried the ancestral sin to its extreme limits. In these two acts the rebellion against God reached its maximum capacity. The seduction of man in paradise culminated in the death of God in the flesh. To be victorious evil must quench the light and discredit the good. In the end, however, it shows itself to be a lie, an absurdity and sheer madness. The death and resurrection of Christ rendered evil powerless.

At the Upper Room and in Gethsemane the light of the kingdom and the darkness of hell come through simultaneously. The way of life and the way of death converge. We meet them both in our journey through life.

Everyone born into this life is involved inevitably in the spiritual warfare, contending not against flesh and blood, “but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Eph 6.12).

In the midst of the snares and temptations that abound in the world around and in us we must be eager to live in communion with everything that is good, noble, pure, and sinless, being formed by God’s grace into the likeness of Christ.

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Lord’s Supper and the Holy Spirit (12)

May 1st, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Mark14: 37-42

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. (NIV)

In the course of His agony, Jesus exhorted his disciples to watch and pray that they may not enter into temptation. This same admonition is applicable to every Christian in every generation.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Prayer connects us with Jesus, who, through his obedience became the unique and perfect worshipper of God.

Prayer is the power that fuels the spiritual life. As breathing, eating, drinking, and thinking are essential to human existence, prayer is a fundamental element and activity of the Christian life.

Without it we cannot enter into a sustained personal relationship with God.

Prayer is an act of faith. It brings us to the threshold of another world. Through it we reach and cross the ultimate frontier. We touch another world, which we come to experience as extraordinary peace, beauty, goodness, joy and trust.

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Lord’s Supper and the Holy Spirit (11)

April 30th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Philippians 2:6-8

6 Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross! (NIV)

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of books published about leadership styles.

I think intuitively we know something is just not right. The model of the ruthless, capitalist CEO, the lone ranger at the top of the heap is a model that is being called into question by more than a few thinking people. Yet even the best of the books on leadership focus on skills and techniques without giving the proper attention to the transformation of the one who is in leadership.

Too often, we give verbal credence to a belief in the incarnation without considering the ramifications of this radical sign of God‟s presence everywhere in the world. In human history, everything changed because of the incarnation. Jesus came to reveal God‟s love for us and did so in a most striking and unexpected way: as a baby and in relative poverty!

We cannot see Christ present in people and situations unless we know him and something about how he reveals himself. We need to be open to Christ’s transforming love. No self-help program or positive thinking method can do it; only Christ’s love can bring about change in us. This, of course, does not happen like magic. We need to cooperate with the grace of transformation, yielding to the work of the Spirit within us.

If we are serious about our own transformation, we will learn that being a Christian is fundamentally always an act of foot-washing. In order to be an effective foot-washer we must be convinced of the vision, mission and fundamental values of God’s Kingdom as expounded explicitly in the Beatitudes.

This brings us to appreciate what we said about communion; it is a mutual giving and receiving. Giving thanks for the gifts of others and creating a safe and free environment for those gifts to grow. A community or organization will only prosper if individual gifts are developed for the common good and put at the service of the mission of the group.

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