The New Temple

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued the series, “Crossroads,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross.  This second message is entitled “The New Temple” and looks at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the cleansing of the Temple in Luke 19:28-48.

This is a pivotal message that explores how Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem disrupts the Temple-centric worship of the people of Israel by foretelling the deconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the reconstruction of God’s new Temple not built by hands. You’ll have to watch it or listen to it to see what is going on.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

 

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Sunday Prayer 43

Good Shepherd of the sheep,
come shepherd us.
We are tossed about like ships
upon the waves;
the cares and fears of life
surround us.
Speak peace as only You can.

Voices rise and fall, making promises
that none can keep;
words of anger and fear
fill our ears.
Speak truth as only You can.

Our wounds stink and fester
no matter our best efforts;
the short-term healing
cannot stop our infections.
Heal life as only You can.

Good Shepherd of the sheep,
come shepherd us.
We worship and bow down before You,
for You are Our God
and we are the people of Your pasture.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Lord of the Sabbath

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series, “Crossroads,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross.  The first message is entitled “Lord of the Sabbath” and looks at three Sabbath stories from Jesus’ ministry in Luke 6:1-11 and 13:10-17. I started with an overview of the significance of the Sabbath followed by an exploration of Jesus’ message and identity as Lord of the Sabbath. I also spent a brief time talking about the Pharisees and hypocrisy.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

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Sunday Prayer 42

As we enter this day, Lord,
help us to hear Your voice singing love over us.

As we speak with others, Lord,
speak to our souls of Your love for us,
whether others love us or not.

As we work at our endeavors, Lord,
help us work as unto You,
while not searching for significance in our accomplishments.

As we draw near to the day’s end, Lord,
grant us grace to release all things –
joys and sorrows, successes and failures –
into Your hands, so that You might grant us rest.

All this we pray through Jesus Christ,
the Lord of our days,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]