A Prayer for Ascension Day

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Giotto, The Ascension of Christ, fresco; 1305.

Almighty God and Father,
thank You for Your everlasting love revealed in Jesus Christ,
who did not consider equality with You
something to be used to His own advantage,
but emptied Himself and took on the nature
of a servant and became human
for us and for our salvation.

Thank You that in Your infinite wisdom
this divine descent of the only begotten Son from eternity
made the way of the Cross
truly to become the pathway to abundant life.
Thank You that through His death and resurrection
the gateway to eternal life
not only brings us into Your household as children
but also seats us in the heavenly places
where He now lives and reigns with You eternally.

As we enter into true life through Him,
and we enter into Your forever family through Him,
so, too, do we find ourselves held in prayer through Him,
as He eternally intercedes for us at Your right hand,
Jesus the Messiah, ascended to glory,
the Name above all names, and our High Priest forever.

For all these blessings
beyond anything we could ask or imagine,
we thank You.
May our lives – in thought, word, and deed –
exist as living sacrifices of worship to You,
who reign with Your only Son, Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forevermore.
Amen.

Facing Trials

imageI continued our series, “Journey to the Cross,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church as we looked at Jesus’ trials before the Jewish and Roman authorities in Mark 14:53-65 and 15:1-15.

My message was entitled “Facing Trials.” My main focus centered around this idea: when Jesus was facing His trials, there was more than meets the eye happening; so, too, when we face trials, there is more than meets the eye happening. I traced three levels of Jesus’ trials, as seen in the outline below.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:Read More »