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I have always felt “Good Friday” was an oxymoron, a mis-label, and spin put on the most horrible events in human history. On this day, creature put to death Creator, man rebelled violently against Messiah, and liars ruled supreme over the truth of the Lord. On this day, everything was help in balance … but only because of the grace of the Lord who held back legions of angels and an eternity of power to have the King of Glory pay the ransom price to liberate us from our bondage to death.
Despite it’s naming history, “Good Friday” is really Hard Friday. Only God’s might and mercy make it different. So for this weekend, I offer you three images and thoughts about the grace of our God and the gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The first image is all about hard Friday. Let it remind you that the King of Glory faced what endured because of His love for you and His desire to set you free from “the law of sin and death.”
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The second image is a reminder why Sundays are so important. On the first day of the week, especially the Sunday after Hard Friday, Jesus was raised from the dead. Resurrection Sunday changes everything. We get to celebrate it in each weekly cycle on each successive Sunday and once a year on Easter. These cycles, one tied to the week and the other tied to Jewish Passover, remind us of the Lord’s victory over death and His commitment to be with His people. He is with us, Immanuel, whether they are opening his word and remembering His story (Matthew 1:23), living in genuine community and worship (Matthew 18:20), sharing and serving others with compassion (Matthew 25:40), or crossing cultural boundaries to walk along side people and see Jesus come alive in them as disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). So look for the Lord among the living, not the dead!
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The challenge is to remind ourselves that what Jesus did, He still does. Hard Friday and Resurrection Sunday are not something long ago and far away, but they can be real for us, now. We mustn’t forget the sacrificial grace and the glorious triumph are still within our reach!
Some video tidbits are too rich not to include. Most of us know we have moved past the solo acts in ministry. We are called to collaborate, even more, we are called to value our partners. Paul made the point even more emphatically. He said we wouldn’t ever achieve unity until each part of Jesus’ body did its work and we all grew up into the presence of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12-16). So, here’s a humorous example of the importance of teamwork from one of my favorite church consultant teams!
There are so many ways we talk ourselves out of sharing Jesus with our friends. Take a look at this video, called “Win a Friend to Jesus Hotline,” is humorous, but if you are like me, it is also pretty convicting!
Sorry, this one couldn’t be embedded, but it’s worth a peak!
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This feature is tied to the following Heartlight.org article:
Okay, so the great gender collision is about to unfold over the next two weekends. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Weekend #1: SuperBowl
Weekend #2: Valentines Day
So ladies, rather than breaking into cold sweats and trying to find new Househunters and BakeOff and Chopped times for this Sunday night, take a moment and chill, because …
So dudes, rather than hyperventilating and putting off that Valentines’ Day purchase another 3 days, take a chill pill, put on the queso, and reflect on …
… the greatest advice confined to a video. (And rejoice, it doesn’t come from Oprah, Dr. Laura, or Dr. Phil!)
Here’s the precious video we used recently to emphasize 2 Corinthians 1:3-4:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TNIV).
Check the following videos for more blessings and a touch of humor:
Stethoscope — Christ in You the Hope of Glory (3 million views on YouTube)
Groups — What Makes up a Group?
Super First Impressions Lady – How do we welcome guests?
Super First Impressions Lady II — Somebody Needs Me!
These are done by my teammates I call Corbett and Company — Stephen Corbett and his video team at Sotuhern Hills Church of Christ..
Today has been wild.
First, the local newspaper, The Abilene Reporter News, picked up the story about the “Stethoscope” video hitting the 2 million mark on YouTube — Stephen Corbett and Rob Marcelain had put the video together and acted it out on some original ideas several of us had on illustrating the point, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It made for lively discussion around town today.
Second, most of the day, I was in a meeting with our ministry team on the idea of Groups — something we are launching in a few weeks. We were making sure we were all on the same page before a “townhall meeting” with our congregation on Sunday night. I shared the clever communication video we used for to explain groups this piece earlier in the week. This video was also done by “Corbett and Crew!”
Third, I ran by the hospital to say “Good bye!” to a precious lady named Lamearl Jacobs who is ready to go home and be with the Lord. She is precious and her family — both physical and spiritual — miss her greatly.
Fourth, after finishing more meetings on Groups, met with a friend about some worship matters and noticed a fire on the north horizon. It looked like it was behind my folks place so I called them to make sure they were safe. They were … for now!
Fifth, I took Donna out to dinner and we had a great visit and saw friends from church. Right before we left for dinner, got an email that MSNBC is sending a reported by on Monday to do a national story on the “Stethoscope” video. Unbelievable. Just thankful that it is touching hearts.
Sixth, got a call from a young man who was trying to reach one of our members from church who was out trying to save his cattle from the out of control brush fire I had seen north of town. We both tried to call him for about an hour before he got to a place he could get a phone signal. Looks like the fire stopped short of his ranch, at least for the moment. But then I realized another friend had a ranch in the area. His place was burned to the ground and he waiting to see if the cattle had escaped to the river bed and survived — most ranchers in this area lost everything! I was exhausted after a couple of hours on the phone checking with everyone.
Seventh, watched the news and weather to check on the fire situation and get caught up on what was happening. Got around to finishing up the follow up post on our blog and Heartlight.org community on helping those who are homebound connect to community. Hope you will read the post and keep adding to the blog discussion: great ideas from you guys out in blogdom.
Whew! Ready to crash. I am wiped out and tomorrow looks to be a bit rugged, too. But not nearly so tough for me as for those who have lost everything to the fire and to the families who have lost loved ones recently. What a tough day for a lot of precious people.