THIS SUNDAY, 4/9 (Palm Sunday)
Choir – Nothing but the Blood of Jesus w/Jesus’ Blood
REHEARSAL NOTE: No rehearsal this week (4/5) due to Encounter. Please join me at 8:45am Sunday morning in the choir loft for a brief rehearsal. We will sing in both morning worship services.
Preacher – Jason
ENCOUNTER – THERE’S STILL TIME TO BE A PART
Tuesday evening – 7pm; Wednesday Evening – 7pm
***NOTE: “Steak Night” is Wed. evening at 6pm in the FLC (Tickets are only $3)
WAS JESUS ACTUALLY CRUCIFIED?
Zak Schmoll was one of my fellow students in the Master of Arts in Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University. Residing in Vermont, Zak writes a weekly blog called, “Entering the Public Square,” based on “the importance of discussing Christianity in the marketplace of ideas.” This past week he wrote an outstanding blog discussing the historical evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Skeptics deny that Jesus was crucified, citing no evidence outside the gospels. But they are sorely mistaken. Read Zak’s brief blog here.
I was a week ahead of myself in last week’s E-News. The new movie, The Case for Christ, premiers THIS WEEK, April 7th.
Watch the movie (or read the book). Then make your own decision based on the evidence. Jesus never imposed his convictions on another person, but always allowed others to make up their own mind about him. Have you honestly investigated and/or considered the claims of Christ?
FIVE ATHEISTS WHO LOST FAITH IN ATHEISM
Great article for those who’ve bought into the lie that the Christian faith is an emotional crutch for the mentally weak and uneducated. On the contrary, Christian doctrine is an intelligent faith. Do we have empirical proof that God exists? No. But, as one scholar said, the existence of God is best proved not in the laboratory but in the courtroom. The evidence for the existence of God is quite strong and compelling. Lee Strobel, a former atheist – and subject of the upcoming movie, The Case for Christ, is a Yale grad. Indeed, there’s something to this thing called Christianity. And skeptics still, after 20 centuries, haven’t been able to explain away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You can read the article from Christianity Today here.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:
“Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.” A.W. Tozer
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
“You want to know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you’re drowning – then someone hands you a baby.” Comedian, Jim Gaffigan (father of 4 children)
GRACE NOTES: The Highest Point in our Lives may be our Lowest
(I saw this posted on my pastor friend, Jim Hardwicke’s, FB page and thought it worth sharing here. The theological insight Jim brings out is incisive.)
“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27). The highest point of our lives may be our lowest point, like it was for Jesus, Stephen (Acts 7), and missionary Jim Elliot. Why? Because in the plan and purpose of God, our greatest means of bringing Him glory may well be our obedience and quiet trust in the midst of our greatest suffering.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick