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March 2015

Jesus was Forsaken

Based on Mark 15:33-34 Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.  Amen. Do you know what this is?  [Show picture.]  It’s a scapegoat.  Today, we usually think of a scapegoat as someone who has to take the blame for what someone else did.  But the term really comes from the Old Testament.  And it actually referred to a real goat.  Here’s how it worked: Once...

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The Stones Cry Out: I Will Remember Your Sins No More ~ I Promise!

Based on Jeremiah 31:31-34. “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests toserve his God and Father – to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5b-6) Kevin Tunnel was 17 years old when he left a New Year’s Eve party. His friends were concerned about him driving after he had quite a bit to drink. He said he would be fine. On his way home, his car slammed into another...

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Jesus was Flogged, Mocked & Spit Upon

Based on Mark 15:15-20 Just this week, it was determined that two, 12-year-old Waukesha girls will be tried as adults in the Slender Man case.  Do you remember hearing about that?  Trying to please this online demonic creature, the young girls stabbed their classmate, not once… not twice… not thrice.  19 times, leaving her for dead in the woods last May.  Amazingly, the victim survived.  But to read about the  evidence now, to see the forethought...

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Jesus Remained Silent and Gave No Answer

Based on Mark 14:53-72 Let’s pray.  “O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace.  Amen.” An old Japanese anecdote tells about three men who decided to practice absolute silence until midnight.  One of them happened to say, “It’s difficult not to...

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Jesus Was Overwhelmed with Sorrow

Based on Mark 14:32 - 36 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;  he will never let the righteous fall.  Amen.    Do you remember the last time we heard about Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up a mountain by themselves?  They were on the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus shined so brightly in his glory and magnificent splendor.  They saw Jesus as God!  Tonight, however, we hear about Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up a...

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Embrace Your Labels

Based on 1 Peter 2:4-10 “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  Amen.” (Colossians 2:6,7) How would someone describe you?  What are your “labels?”  I’m convinced that most often the labels we are given or ascribe to ourselves are crippling...because we let them become our identity. You are fat. ...

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