“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
April 9, 2017
“Wonderful Merciful Savior”
“Exalt The Lord Our God”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON: Max Lucado
“He Chose the Nails”
Part 3:He Chose To Invite Us Into His Presence
& 4: He Chose To Love Us Forever
“All Hail King Jesus”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
GCI Missions Update ~ Haiti
First off I would like to thank all of you for writing Easter/Resurrection greetings to your brothers and sisters in Haiti. It will be a big encouragement to them. They were email this week to Pastor Franklin and will be read to the church either this Sunday or on Easter Sunday. How great it is to touch those in Haiti with the encouraging Life & Love of Jesus during this Easter Season. Thanks Again – Pastor David
I recently received this from GCI Pastor Joseph Franklin in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Hello brother David
Many of our brothers and sisters abroad have kept praying for us, as they watch how the social condition in Haiti is growing from bad to worse every day.
One can understand that people become openly aggressive almost everywhere. That aggressiveness is seen even among our kids in the school, mostly among the teens .
One can also understand how depressing it can be to minister in an atmosphere of a spreading aggressiveness. Sometimes I tell my staff : Reading and explaining Matthew 16:24 is a theology discourse, but experiencing the fact on a daily basis is a theocratic written assignment that Jesus gives us as home work.
So, when you all pray for brother Joe and sister Georgette, for our church members, and our school staff, we feel like Jesus himself is holding our hands with the pencil and does the writings. We also appreciate your material supports. The bank report that I received on Feb.3rd 2017 showed a transfer of $282.00.from New life Christian Church, which includes all your churches Pastor David. Please thank them for me. The credit was made on January 19th 2017. I will tell JEAN-RENEL that you especially pray for the family.
Georgette sends regards to you and Jonnie. Abundant blessings and love to you. – Joseph
The View from the Cross
by Tammy Tkach
During the weeks leading up to Easter, Christians tend to focus on what happened while Jesus hung on the cross, in particular the pain and humiliation he endured. Some books and devotionals urge us to let our thoughts linger on the agony he suffered and even go so far as to suggest literal participation. Self-flagellation used to figure prominently in some sects, though it’s not practiced much today. But some still practice self-inflicted figurative suffering, dwelling on the gruesome details of crucifixion in an effort to get inside the pain Jesus experienced.
Most often, we might picture ourselves there, as one of the onlookers, crying with sadness and disbelief that the Son of God had to go through such an ordeal. Perhaps we feel guilt too, as we realize our sin put him there. While it’s good to understand and appreciate the gravity of the sacrifice, both on the part of the Father and the Son, I would like to look at it from a different perspective, that of Jesus, as he experienced it.
The subject is too extensive to cover everything, but a few things stand out: first, he and his Father had planned it from the beginning. He knew what was going to happen and told his disciples about the suffering he would endure. As some have said, this was not plan B, but always the way to our salvation and redemption.
Second, many focus on Psalm 22, which he quoted: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1, NLT), but they stop there, wrongly assuming the Father turned his back on Jesus because he became sin. In Psalm 18, we discover that God heard his cries for help and rushed to his side: “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me” (verses 16-19, NLT).
Jesus was never in doubt that his Father loved him and would move heaven and earth (Psalm 18:7-15) to bring him to the “wide-open field” (MSG) or a spacious place (NIV) of his resurrected life, at the Father’s right hand (vs. 19).
And last, the cross wasn’t child abuse, as some declare with cries of revulsion, vowing never to believe or trust in a God who would do that to his son. Rather, it was the ultimate expression of love, as Jesus willingly laid down his life for us.
The amazing love of the Triune God took him there, kept him there and brought him to the exalted place of Savior and King. The same God who moved heaven and earth to rescue his son from death and in so doing, conquered death for us, moved heaven and earth to save us, because he delights in us. He will one day bring us to that spacious place of eternal life in his presence all for love.
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
It’s Palm Sunday
Jonnie and I wish you a wonderful Palm Sunday celebration, and an insightful awareness of Holy Week and all it pictures for us and all mankind.
In the calendar of the Western Christian Church, today is known as Palm Sunday. It is the Sunday preceding Easter which commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Many churches are decorated with palms today in remembrance of the waving of the palm branches. All this is in memorial, a reminder, of that time when our Savior took to Himself His royal state, and rode amid acclamations to His capitol, where He would die for us.
We need to pause and remember Jesus as the procession moved across the valley to Jerusalem. We will remember our Savior fulfilling ancient prophecy, proclaiming His mission as the prince of peace, riding on the colt into the city. The people spread their cloaks on the road, and cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road, and went before him and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Hosanna means “salvation” or “deliverance.” So the people were saying: “Here comes our Deliverer, our Savior! Salvation belongs to the Son of David, the Messiah! Here he is. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
The “Light of the World” entered into the darkness of the world He created – into our darkness to bring us Himself – The TRUE LIGHT we desperately need. “The Christian’s faith isn’t a leap into the dark. It is a well-placed trust in the Light of the world, Jesus.” by Ravi Zacharias and Kevin Johnson
The Holy Week Season! What an amazing time we Christians are in. The apostle Paul referred to the events of this important season as having primary importance in salvation history: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve” (1Cor.15:3-5). These central events of the gospel, which began to unfold on the road into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, did not just change the history of one small nation. They altered forever the destiny of everyone who has ever lived. That is something to celebrate! I hope that you will celebrate the Love of God as we remember Good Friday and Easter/Resurrection Sunday. Who are you going to invite to our special service?
Rejoicing In Jesus – Pastor David
Pray for the Persecuted Church – Pray for Revival in the Church
Pray for our Nation & Pres. Elect Trump
LOCAL PRAYER REQUESTS
Jerry Hudson prayers for healing and strength.
Mary Coffey – Encouragement and healing.
Helen Pavy – Encouragement and good health.
Tim Maguire – Has flown back to South Africa from Mozambique to get medical attention on his broken leg.
Jim Wood – Recovery & healing from hernia surgery
Janis Burns – Slowly improving, continued prayers for healing & strength
Norm & Sue Durbin – Recover from colds
Chuck Davison – First cataract surgery on April 12
Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor, headaches, nosebleeds
Kathy Ennis – Continued back pain – in therapy
GC Indy – Prayers for Pastor Josh & Heather as they lead GC Indy in a new church location – for insight and opportunities to share the life and love of Jesus in the Irvington area of Indianapolis
Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar) Stage 3 multiple melanoma, an aggressive cancer of the bones/bone marrow/blood. Prayers for the family
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision. GCI International Churches & Mission Leaders – Blessings, protection & provision as they share the Life & Love of Jesus, and train up new leaders and pastors. Prayers that they can share the gospel despite opposition.
Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement