March 25, 2018

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Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

March 25, 2018

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Palm Sunday !!

Hosanna To Our King

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 New Pastors Corner And Articles

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

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Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.

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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.

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The apostle to the Apostles

This letter is from GCI Vice President Greg Williams.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Several early Christian writers call Mary Magdalene “the apostle to the Apostles.” We learn why in John chapter 20:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”  

At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
(John 20:1-18)

Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene After the Resurrection
(public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Mary Magdalene was among several women who were followers of Jesus. She had been present at Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, and with some other women had gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 15:47-16:8; Luke 23:55-24:11; Matt. 28:1-10). She was also the first person of either gender to encounter the risen Lord, and the first to testify to the resurrection when she informed the apostles that Jesus was alive. No wonder she is called “the apostle to the Apostles”—a title that highlights how Jesus held women in high esteem and included them in his ministry.

In a culture where a woman’s testimony was not legally valid, it was shocking that Jesus chose a woman to be the first person to testify to his resurrection. This was even more shocking when you consider Mary Magdalen’s background. She is thought to be the unnamed penitent woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears and hair, then anointed his feet with expensive perfume (Luke 7:36-48). From that passage, plus the statement in Luke 8:2 that Jesus had cast seven demons out of Mary, the tradition arose that she had been a prostitute before becoming a follower of Jesus. Mary is thus a powerful demonstration of the redemption and transformation that comes to anyone who in faith, and with repentance, follows Jesus.

The penitent, Mary Magdalene
(public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Can you imagine how Mary Magdalene felt that Easter morning? She no doubt excitedly testified to Jesus’ resurrection—doing the work of an evangelist! In doing so, perhaps she shared the story of her own life. Understanding that Mary had been a demon-possessed prostitute prior to becoming a follower of Jesus highlights the amazing power of Jesus to redeem and transform people. Her life was a powerful witness to the gospel of God’s grace. What a wonderful example of how God reaches out to all people, inviting them to receive Jesus with an open heart and mind, trusting him as Lord and Savior.

Just as Mary played a foundational role in the ministry of Jesus, in GCI we have hundreds of women who faithfully serve as ministers of Jesus Christ in various roles, including that of lead pastor. I thank God for these women. I also thank our triune God who, in love, reaches out to all humanity, calling all sorts of people in all kinds of situations to worship him and to share in his ongoing mission to a sin-sick world.

I wish you all a wonderful Holy Week as we gather to prayerfully reflect on Jesus’ suffering and death, and to joyfully celebrate his resurrection.

Greg Williams

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

It’s Palm Sunday

Jonnie and I wish you a wonderful 2018 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 proceeding 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

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World

Local Prayer Requests

Eric Wilson – son of Vicki Auxier prayers for safety on his 2 week trip in Egypt.

JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.

Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.

AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing

Annette (Chuck Davison’s daughter) Home from the hospital, is on meds to reduce blood clots

John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of chest cold and coughing

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Still dealing with heart issues

Pastor’s Wives Conference Sunday late afternoon, Jonnie Perry, Sharon Washington & Marilyn Talison will be driving back from Lexington, KY. after attending a GCI conference for the wives of pastors. Prayers for safe travels.

Doug Whitlock – Is doing some better – continue prayers for his health

Peggy Perry This past week she began radiation treatments-it is going well

Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers as he has been appointed GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for all of Africa

Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) He desperately needs to find a new home for he, his wife and 15 foster children…and a new church meeting location.

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World

For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love

New Living Hope Prayer Requests

Annette Salerno (Chuck Davison’s daughter) That meds will help reduce blood clots

Georgia Whitt (GCI Indy) Bad case of the flu

Donna Dunbar – Possible pneumonia, fever, cough

Jim DunbarRecovery from flu like condition

Lee & Earlene Steward (GCI Indy) Prayers for the family as Earlene’s brother Sam, passed away on Friday.

John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of health issues

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Praise  She is doing better.

Peggy Perry Radiation treatments-it is going well

Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers as he has been appointed GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for all of Africa

Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) He desperately needs to find a new home for he, his wife and 15 foster children…and a new church meeting location.

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