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Beginning this weekend with our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we begin a new series at Eastbrook entitled “Resurrection Hope.” Over the next five weeks we will explore the questions: “why is the resurrection so important to Christianity?” and “what does it mean for us today?” The series will be rooted in 1 Corinthians 15.

April 19/20 – “Resurrection Grace” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

April 26/27 “Resurrection Matters” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

May 3/4 – “Resurrection Timing” (1 Corinthians 15:20-34)

May 10/11 Resurrection Bodies” (1 Corinthians 15:35-49)

May 17/18 – “Resurrection Victory” (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Eastbrook

 

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||40days|| week seven: Jesus Died

Jesus walked into Jerusalem hailed as a king. Within a few days, the crowd was calling for His execution: “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!” (John 19:15).

A thorny crown fiercely adorned His kingly head (19:2). Purple robes signaled His royalty as soldiers spit on Him, slapped Him and mocked Him (19:3). But the only throne given to this King was a rough and brutal wooden cross (19:18). They raised Him up on it for all the world to see. A sign saying “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” displayed His identity in mocking irony (19:19).

Weak and pitiful, naked and bloody, thirsty and Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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||40days|| week one: a journey like Jesus

Can you imagine 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness? That was Jesus’ journey as recorded  in the Gospels. As it says in Mark 1:12-13: “At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” Matthew and Luke tell us of the encounter Jesus had with the evil one himself during this trying time (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).

This ||40days|| journey leads us into the desert like Jesus, where we will struggle with the raw temptations and trials that the evil one puts before us. We face the cravings of the world that the Apostle John described as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16, NIV).

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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||40days|| week one: a journey like Israel

When Israel rebelled against God on the verge of Canaan, the land of promise, God sent them on a 40 year journey in the wilderness. You can read about that journey in Numbers 13 and 14.

It was a journey of punishment for sin. It was a journey of purification from rebellion. It was a journey of repentance and returning to the Lord. For 40 years the people had opportunity to reflect on their wrongs. I have to believe that does something to a person. I have to believe that shapes a community.

What does it look like for us to go on our own journey of repentance and return to the Lord? What purification do we need? What work must God do in us to restore us to true life?

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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||40days|| week one: a journey

Today we begin a journey. A forty day journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is a journey that mirrors the forty days when rain fell on the earth to purge it from sin and injustice, while Noah and his family were saved in the ark (Genesis 7:12).

It is a journey that recalls us to the forty years when the people of Israel wandered in the desert because of their disobedience and distrust of God (Deuteronomy 29:5).

It is a journey that returns us to the forty days when Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tested and tried by the evil one in preparation for His ministry (Mark 1:13).

In this ||40days|| journey, we are preparing ourselves for the joys of Easter by having a deeper experience of the Cross. Like Noah, it is a time of rescue from sin. Like Israel, it is a time of purification from wrongs. Like Jesus, it is a time to come back to the word of God and resist the evil one.

Traditionally, this journey is called Lent, and begins today on Ash Wednesday. Traditional Lenten disciplines are fasting, prayer, and giving. Thus, we can see the movement from abstaining from something (fasting), turning to God (prayer), and putting another discipline in its place (giving). That being said, there are all sorts of ways that we can enter into this journey to the Cross of Christ.

Will you take the ||40days|| journey?

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Voices at the Cross: A Good Friday Message

My message from this past Good Friday, “Voices at the Cross,” has now been posted online so that you can listen to it here.

When Jesus began His journey to the Cross, He was surrounded by voices.

There were the fickle voices of the crowd.

There were the betraying and denying voices of the disciples.

There were the accusing voices of the chief priests.

There were the self-willed voices of Pontius Pilate and King Herod.

There were the mocking voices of the those watching the crucifixion.

There was the stinging voice of the Evil One.

But there was a deeper and stronger voice.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Resurrection and Fear

After Jesus rose from the grave, the Apostle John records four meetings Jesus has with people. The first of these that I want to look at today is Jesus’ appearance in the locked room to His disciples. We read about it in this way:

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. (John 20:19-20)

There are three major things happening as Jesus enters this story bringing resurrection power in the midst of fear.

Jesus Comes Into and Stands Within Our Fears

It seemed like the locked room would not be penetrated by anything good or evil. The disciples were holding the door closed out of fear from others and fears circulating in their own minds and hearts. But Jesus came through the locked door and entered into their midst. No lock could hold Him out – neither could any fear hold Him out – because of His resurrection power. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Discipleship

 

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