Apr 19, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 25 April - Class Warfare

Is there a class struggle in the U.S.? Share your thoughts during “Class Warfare” next week at Lifetree Café.

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Apr 17, 2017

Easter Sunday

Early on Sunday morning, the ladies went to the tomb to prepare Jesus for burial.  But when they arrived, the stone was rolled away and the tomb empty.  How joyful they were to find out that Jesus burst through death and wrote a new chapter in humanity.  Today we celebrate that Jesus is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!

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Apr 16, 2017

A Devotion for Easter Sunday

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.

Gospel Reading- Matthew 28:1-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”

Devotion: See the place where He lay
The Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Christ was an earth shattering event politically, societally, and even in geological terms. In fact, the new Testament records that each event was accompanied by a terrifying earthquake. So you can see in our Gospel text today these events are terrifying for His enemies but they bring joy to His followers. It was wonderful news to Christians 2000 years ago and it is still wonderful news today. Hallelujah He is Risen! He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!

We pray: “Thank You, risen Lord, for Your sacrifice and our Salvation. Amen”

Apr 13, 2017

Holy Week Schedule

April 9th
Palm Sunday Worship 9AM, April 9 at Cienega H.S. 

Children are invited to join the Processional with Palms.

April 14th
Good Friday Services  

12:00 noon and 6:30PM
Ministry Center; 14600 E. Colossal Cave Rd

April 16th
Easter Sunrise Service 
6AM Ministry Center; 14600 E. Colossal Cave Rd.
Followed by Breakfast 

Easter Celebration Service 
9AM at Cienega H.S. 
Followed by Easter Egg Hunt 

Apr 12, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 18 April - Amazing Grace

Her son committed one of the worst crimes she’d ever heard of. How she found healing in the aftermath shocked the entire world. Hear her incredible true story during “Amazing Grace,” this week at Lifetree Café.

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Apr 10, 2017

Palm Sunday

All of history pivots on an event in the Middle East in 31 AD.  A Rabbi who had been teaching around Galilee now enters into Jerusalem for the Passover.  The Jewish religious leaders are afraid. The Roman Governor is concerned about riots.  The pro-Roman Jewish king is curious.  The event is marked with treachery, betrayal, false testimony and lies.  Yet this Rabbi was determined to save us.  May you be blessed as we sing Hosanna to the King of Kings!

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Adult Sunday School - 7 May - Galatians

Please note that the Adult Sunday School Bible Study on Galatians is suspended until 7 May. We would be delighted if you would join us after worship at 1015 for Lesson # 4 on Galatians where we will review and discuss the story in Galatians 2:11-21. Paul publicly opposes Peter due his hypocritical conduct. Discussion questions will be posted HERE.

Apr 9, 2017

Devotion for 9 April - Palm Sunday

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.

Gospel Reading- John 12:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
    sitting on a donkey's colt!”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
Devotion: Two-Thousand-Year-Old News
You can imagine all the noise and clamor as this commotion-creating Rabbi came into town. It was very crowded with lots of visitors. In the sermon today, Pastor David mentioned that there were three likely reasons for the crowds gathered to see Jesus whose “war horse” for the triumphal entrance was a donkey colt. The reasons were: 1-expectation for new healings, 2- political turnover, and 3-expecting a Messiah. There was little to no science around health care at the time and there had recently been more than two dozen reports of people’s maladies being completely healed by Jesus. This would attract a good number of people. King Herod, the current ruler of the Jews was not popular with the citizenry. He tended to side with the Romans instead of the Jews on many policies because his father [whom he succeeded] was appointed by the Roman senate. Folks did not understand at the time that Jesus’ Kingdom was heavenly and not intended to replace an earthly ruler. Historians offer up that the use of palm fronds was a signal to signify that the Messiah has arrived. The word “Hosanna” is a transliteration of a Hebrew phrase that means “give us salvation now”. Jews of Jesus’ day regarded “he who comes in the name of the Lord” as referring to the Messiah. So, those that were there to see the Messiah got their wish and some did recognize their Messiah--but they simply did not understand what kind of Messiah/Kingdom they were getting. There must have been some frustration and confusion about the this. Verse 16 explains that finally the disciples did get the message after the events of the Cross and Resurrection. This 2000-year-old message still offers us all hope today: Jesus died for our Salvation and provides a place for each of us who have faith, in His Heavenly Kingdom.

We pray: “Thank You, risen Lord, for Your sacrifice. Amen”

Apr 5, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 11 April - Smile Awhile

Take a break, relax, and let your worries go. Join us for “Smile Awhile” this week at Lifetree Café.

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Apr 3, 2017

Lent Sermon Series Part 5: "Stranger Glory"

In this Lenten sermon series, we will look at Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation.   It is Luther’s attempt to show what was wrong with the church.  They kept speaking for God - as if they know God’s will.  But God spoke through Jesus and speaks through His word.

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