Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Church the Called out ones

Terrance Wiebe www.EasTview.org
Who is in charge? Jesus and the elders. 
Elders appears 26 times in the New Testament. Elders lead together. 
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:1‭-‬5 NLT
Peter was the superstar of the Church but he called himself an elder. A fellow employee?
Accept that you bless others in humility.
Peter was not a shepherd but the shepherd theme is all over the NT.
David was a shepherd. Ps 23 the Lord is my shepherd. Sometimes he has to MAKE us lie down. Sometimes he has to make a quiet pool. Sometimes he has to pull the sheep back up when it falls. 
Luke 15 the shepherd finds the lost sheep. 1 Samuel 17 David rescued sheep and killed the bear. Jesus reached into the mouth of death and saved us. Jesus wants us. 
James 5 cover a multitude of sins
1 Timothy 3.1 want to be a leader. 
John 10 the Good Shepherd lays down his life. He doesn't run away. 

The methods of the corporate world can't be applied to the church. The elder is part of the flock. 
John 13 Jesus washed feet even though he was Lord. Do as he did. 

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Discipleship part 4: GO

Bruxy Cavey
Home church is how we grow. Starting Over
We connect with people who have fallen away from the gospel. How do we connect with the people who have no church background?
Acts 1 the resurrected Jesus hangs out with the disciples teaching them about the kingdom of God. 40 days intensive. 
V6 stop asking about the kingdom of Israel. 
The Holy Spirit will bring the dynamite into you. Wait for it. Become gaga for Jesus. A witness is not the lawyer but to share what they know. 
Talking to people about what you are learning. Share. 
Expert testimony comes from those who become experts on a subject. You can be an eye witness. That's a great question but here is what I know. 
Learning after the fact is helpful for a repeated activity. God's first miracle is changing you and you learn to share. 

1. Start gospel conversations. 
A. Review your cheat sheet.
B. Be genuinely spiritually curious find out what others think
C. Ask lots of questions

2. Use social media
A. Follow us on social media
B. Comment on posts
C. Repost 

3. (re)union study for sinners saints and
B. As a home church
C. Share the video inviting your friends 
There is no more influential person than Jesus.

Upcoming series STILL. HERE. Mindfulness and meditation. And Jesus 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ekklesia the church

Email sermons@EasTview.org
Delbert Enns
Jesus was a revolutionary upside down Matthew 16.24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Matthew 16:24‭-‬26 NLT
He touched lepers. Talked to women. Tax collectors. He challenged everyone. Christians gathered in homes and studied God's word. They changed the Roman empire without a single mega church. They were fearless. Trust God not the Roman empire. 
1. Common truth Jesus is God
2. Uncommon joy
3. Fearless not passive
4. Known as people of love
5. Gave sacrificially
They brought glory to the Father because Jesus 
Acts 2.42 fellowship and teaching
By 20 years later there were 5,000
300 A.D. there were 60,000,000 Christians.
Their love for Jesus caused the church to grow. 
They had strife between the ethnic groups. 
The church has made man made boundaries. 
The world hates you if you really want to follow Jesus. 
There were lots of issues in the church. Immorality. Lazy people. 
Gnosticism was all about human knowledge. Just know more. 

Jesus asked us to live by the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote to the Roman church telling them that all have sinned. Doing good won't save you. 
Without faith it's impossible to please God. 
2 Timothy 3.2 people have the appearance of godliness. 
Are we trying to be good? Jesus you are the son of the living God. Jesus died for the church and he is the head of the church. 
Ephesians 1.15 enlightened by the hope of Jesus. All things under him. Live it out! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dr. Tremper Longman III

The whole Bible is God's word to us. 
Proverbs talks about wisdom. We think it teaches us how to navigate life. Emotional intelligence is more important than high IQ. READ the book of Proverbs. Ethical people are righteous. 1.3 
To be wise you need the fear of the Lord at the beginning. 
Why fear? Love? 
This fear does not make you run. It is meant to make you humble in the sight of God the Creator. 
Phil worship the Lord with fear and trembling. 
Money and generosity. 
We tend to cherry pick the proverbs for what we like. 
7 themes
1. God blesses the righteous wise with wealth
2. Foolish behavior leads to poverty. Best route defined not guaranteed
3. Wealth of fools is temporal
4. Sometimes people are poor because of injustice
5. Wisdom is better than wealth
6. Wealth has limited value. 
7. Those who are wealthy must be generous. Ps 112.5 supports that. None of us here are poor. Many of us are fabulously wealthy. 
Too much money is no good. Daily bread is all we need. Let me not be too rich or too poor. 
Hoarding money is no good. 

Give to www.Prov.ca Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 23, 2018

One88 launch

Grant Barkman chair
http://www.one88.org

Listen without judgement. Stay relevant work with other agencies to provide a safe living room. Welcome the people with bondage and help them. 

Dave Fulawka who's coming alongside?  Independent and interdependence. Find a sweet spot for ministry and stay there to be successful. Continue to donate. 
Gerald Dyck MBCMB C2C this is a unique church. Available and obedient to help people on the margins. We should all be like that. 

Dave Ens
The church is a sending body. Moving sending going reconciling.
Matthew 28 assumes you are going and proclaiming. Moving. Leaving behind. 

The Lord said go for blessings. Even when not all the pieces are in place. God will help us even through the fear we have. 

Jonah 1.1,3 he fled from God. But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord . He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
Jonah 1:3 NLT
The call makes you more complete if you follow it. There's a call to move. It's hard to untangle ourselves. 
Too often we tell people but we don't go with them. We sit in one place. We don't know what it means to follow Jesus. We see it modeled by the people who come from Eastview. 
Tuesday lunch and learn makes a real difference to these people. 
Commissioning. Read:

Lord's Supper we are one in Christ 

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Ekklesia // Church

In 1978 we decided to hitchhike to Thompson and made 50 phone calls to find someone that would take us in for the night. They ended up in the Loyal Church of Thompson where they served wine for lunch. 

What is church? Video Pastoral malpractice. Francis Chan
What if we all pull out a piece of paper and wrote down what the church should be. 

Ekklesia what does it mean? The gathering of those who serve the Lord. Tyndale lost his life over that translation. 

What is the function? We do what we do because of habit? 

The church is not about one person the pastor prefect not the only place to hear from God. 

1 Peter

In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God's Word . For this "milk" will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness. So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God's sight. Come and be his "living stones" who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:2‭-‬5 TPT

https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.2-5.TPT

Matthew 16.18 the church should prevail. What do you say? Peter said you are the Christ the Son of the living God. 

Go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. Then you'll become witnesses. In Jerusalem https://youtu.be/bgQ2wiTefmQ

By the 3rd century you needed to punish yourself when you sinned. Middle age you paid for forgiveness. 

The last 800 years we have seen reforms reforms but still have problems.

What are we called to be. To bring greater glory.

If someone asked you who is Jesus? What would you say? 

Isolated stones do not make a building. 

But you are God's chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual "nation" set apart as God's devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world .

1 Peter 2:9 TPT https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.9.TPT

Jesus is Lord of all. 

We exist to spread the passion for the supremacy of God. John Piper

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Encouragement in tough times

Rock of Ages Cleft for Me was a favorite song of Queen Victoria and her prince. 

Michelle Redekopp Olympian and radio personality. Special music. 

You were the Word at the beginning. What a beautiful Name it is the name of Jesus Christ my King. 

  • There You Are
  • Carolyn Arends
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    I was hoping You would write to me a message in the stars
    As if the stars themselves were not enough
    And I awaited Your arrival here from some place very far
    As if I couldn't feel Your constant touch
    Why did I think that You'd send thunder
    To wake me from my slumber
    When anytime I open up my eyes

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there You are

    Well, I was wishing for a miracle and waiting for a sign
    As if each breath I take is not a gift
    And I was acting just as if the way You gave your life for mine
    Didn't have my foolish heart convinced
    What did I think could 'cause this hunger
    Did I ever stop to wonder
    Why anytime I open my eyes

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there You are

    I was hoping You would write to me a message in the stars
    As if the stars themselves were not enough              
  • Written by Carolyn Arends 
 
Welcome to the long weekend service. This is the final weekend for many of you. 30 congregations represented here. 

Michelle
You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Pastoral prayer

Acts 18
After this Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.  There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to depart from Rome. Paul approached them, and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them (for they were tentmakers by trade).  He addressed both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue every Sabbath, attempting to persuade them.
Acts 18:1‭-‬4 NET

Encouragement in tough times
2 boys wanted to shovel a driveway because the owner had started and they got most of their business from people that were worn out and ready to quit. 
Paul was ready to quit. This was the most corrupt city. There were 1000 temple prostitutes.  Having sex with them was part of worship. Lots of perversion. homosexuals

The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city." So he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Acts 18:9‭-‬11 NET

Now a days 11m$ is being spent on pornography every hour. Our society is so like the Corinthians. No morality. 

God said don't be discouraged. Even when he was by himself. He tried teaching the Jews but they rejected him. He slammed the door because he was tired. So he went to the gentiles.
He was often homeless. He worked to support himself when necessary. 

The city was discouraging
The church was discouraging. He wrote 29 chapters to help and rebuke them about immorality and greed. 
The amazing thing is that a church that gets messy still learns to serve the Lord. 
Since Constantine the church has been the foundation of society. In the last generation our society is falling apart. But the gospel can still change hearts. 
Do not be afraid. "Because I have many people in this city."

Duet 
You are Lord of All

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Re: Big Gap - CBMC Leader Passes Away

Memorial Service notes
Pastor Ken Stoesz
Nick was a sharp debater. I enjoyed meeting with him
Marlene Stoesz song Great is Thy Faithfulness
Come O Fount
Obituary Jeff Bell
Tribute
Dad was eccentric and happy
His last 7 years were hard for him as he battled cancer
1972 he married mom and they served as youth leaders. Became CA in 78
He paid attention to detail and was a good negotiator. He put us to us work. 
He loved games. He never let us win. He taught us how to play. 
He loved movies. He loved fishing. 
Taught us to be enterprising. 
Did a lot of travelling. 
Europe and Africa. Camping and Tanzania. He took us on trips Heidi couldn't afford.  
He played jokes on us. 
He loved to eat. Including McDonald's.
Went fishing often. 
He loved to tell stories with purpose. 
Dad had a heart for Jesus and the gospel. Never too busy to pray. 
CoLed CBMC and gave away 100s of LifeLight's How to Find God New Treatments 
Slide show with lots of family pictures. 
Solo There is a Balm in Gilead by Marni Enns
Scripture reading Len DeFehr 
Visited Nick in hospital. Was an experience. He should have been a professor. He had so many answers. Proverbs 3.5 Trust God from the bottom of the heart
Romans 8 Nothing will ever separate us from God 

Song How Great Thou Art

Meditation Pastor Ken Stoesz
He celebrated the joys of life. 
Trust in the Lord. The word trust is a tricky word. Hard to attain easy to lose. 
A mountain is hard to climb but one small slip and it's all over. 
Trust with the whole heart. Put all your chips with God. 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NLT
The world tells us to put your trust in yourself. Your friends. Your job. That will fail us. 
The Lord is the name of God. He hears our prayers. Remember who He is. He is faithful. He is so for you that he died to save you. Nick wasn't perfect. Romans 8 Jesus reconciled us to the Father. We forgive because we have been forgiven. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God. 
Why are some church goers so sad? Trusting Jesus brings joy. 
We moved to a new home and our dog Sidney insisted in coming in because the master was in the house. He wanted to sleep where the master slept. 
Jesus will walk the valley with us. 

Song It Is Well with my Soul written by Horatio a business man. Lost his business in the Chicago fire. Lost his toddler. His daughters died in a crash on the ocean. The bottom of his life fell out. Though trials come it is well with my Soul. 
Trust the Lord 

Refreshments down stairs

Shalom
Raymond Dueck

www.TripleGreenEnergy.com

The wisdom of many is better than the wisdom of one.


On Tue, Aug 28, 2018, 10:22 AM CMG- L.Hoeppner wrote:

When a leader passes from this earth into glory, a vacancy is created.  The role of CBMC is important and requires successive leadership. Further to yesterday's CBMC Invitation announcement, below is the obituary published in the Winnipeg Free Press.  You are hereby notified that a Memorial Service in Nick's honour will be held at Elmwood Memmonite Brethren Church commencing at 10:00 a.m.  (details below).

Gerald Reimer further invites you to attend the regularly-scheduled CBMC meeting at 12 Noon at Perkins on Ness Ave. between King Edward & St. James Street, near Polo Park.

NICHOLAS AUGUST HILDEBRAND On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Nicholas (Nick) A. Hildebrand, aged 66, went to be with his Saviour. He was a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Nick was born in Winnipeg on February 8, 1952, the eldest of all his siblings. He was a Chartered Accountant for 43 years, and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Northern Manitoba. He loved Jesus, his family, hunting and fishing, travelling, and story-telling. He leaves behind his children, Kathryn Labiuk (Darryl), J. Matthew Hildebrand; and grandchildren, Mason and Addison Labiuk. He will also be missed by his brothers, Jack (Lynne), Peter, Glenn (Lynn); and his nephew Julien. He was predeceased by his mother Lena (1964) and his father Jack (1989). A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, 145 Henderson Hwy. Notice of interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Arnes, where Dad first decided to follow Jesus. We are grateful to everyone who visited with our dad, and the staff at St. Boniface Hospital.
Publish Date: Aug 28, 2018

B. Hoeppner

CBMC Provincial Director

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wise Counsel

Steve Dyck www.EasTview.org
Genesis 20
Abraham 12-25
Old habits die hard. Abraham had that problem. He did not ask for advice. God did not tell him to move. 
Why did he move? The fire from Sodom burned all the fields. 

Abraham moved south to the Negev and lived for a while between Kadesh and Shur, and then he moved on to Gerar. While living there as a foreigner,
Genesis 20:1 NLT

The city meant conflict. Later Isaac did the same thing. 

Who are you dating? Quitting your job? Did you search for good advice? 
Humbly seek help. Most people want to help. Russia show where the audience was asked for the right answer they misled the contestant.

Chris Pratt speech 9 points. Generation Award. God is real. God  loves you. He was bold. 

Abraham lied to protect his butt. 
Kiwi looks ugly but tastes good. Donuts can surprise you. 

I invited a friend to church. He refused because we had too many rich people. What's inside is hurting people. Don't judge by appearance. 

Abraham made a mess and judged wrongly. 
Then Abimelech called for Abraham. "What have you done to us?" he demanded. "What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done! Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?"
Genesis 20:9‭-‬10 NLT

The grace of God. 
Have you judged others? 
Make it right. 

Grew up in a judging family until I got judged and discovered Grace. God's love is never ending. 



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Prophesies Jesus fulfilled

What do we do while we wait?

Many will come and claim to be me. They will say they are the Messiah, and they will fool many people.  Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. People will starve to death, and in some places there will be earthquakes.
Matthew 24:5‭, ‬7 CEV

When the Bible repeats pay attention. 
What are the signs? 
Earthquakes, hatred killings
Gospel preached around the world. Joshua Project 6b people unreached  Wycliffe
Great distress
False Prophets
Signs in the heavens stars falling

Don't be alarmed  this is just the start. When the gospel is preached all over the world he'll come. 

Don't lose the truth. Beware of false prophets. 

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened one night when ten young women took their oil lamps and went to a wedding to meet the groom.  But the groom replied, "I don't even know you!"
Matthew 25:1‭, ‬12 CEV

The parable of the gold. Good guy got rewarded the lazy one: You are a worthless servant, and you will be thrown out into the dark where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain."
Matthew 25:30 CEV

Sheep and goats

When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on his royal throne. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me."  

Then the king will say to those on his left, "Get away from me! You are under God's curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels! The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."   

Then Jesus said, "Those people will be punished forever. But the ones who pleased God will have eternal life."
Matthew 25:31‭, ‬33‭-‬33‭, ‬40‭-‬41‭, ‬45‭-‬46 CEV

Take care of the hungry thirsty stranger naked

Isaiah 58 says the same thing. 
Then you will truly enjoy knowing the Lord . He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land of your ancestor Jacob. The Lord has spoken!
Isaiah 58:14 CEV

Who is your neighbour? Be prepared for ministry. Help at the thrift store. 
Who can you help in 3-1/2 minutes? 

Donwood Manor people want visitors. Go visit. 

There is a heaven and a hell. What does God want you to do this week? 

Jesus is coming back and it will be epic. 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Samuel Isaac Brandt

July 21, 1981 - July 28, 2018

Tributes
Samuel loved traveling. When in China he went to English corner. 
Go! Was one word to describe Samuel. Go into the world and share the faith. He moved bravely and with courage. Go! Samuel go with Jesus. 

Roger. Met him at the Chinese church. Impressed with his energy. I was seeking Christ and Samuel led me to Jesus. He had a firm foundation in Christ. We had a Bible study. He was outgoing and passionate. We lost count of how many friends he had. He wanted to have children. 
He had a passion to lead others to Jesus. Be caring be positive. John 3.16 God loved the world. 
Ephesians 2.8 by Grace you've been saved was one of the last verses we shared. He was a bright star. 

Samuel loved ice coffee long before it was fashionable. We loved trucking. He was Go guy. Entrepreneur. Help people that needed help. Loved his parents and sisters. 
Wanted marriage. Maribel died 4 months later. Samuel came to help while our daughter needed care. Let's walk through your issues. He helped through the challenges. He wrote and published a book. 
Samuel was excited to move back to Manitoba. He cried for joy when his son was born. 
Spoke to him Thursday night. He was asking God how he could share his story to help others. 

The family
Sisters Nieces and nephews
Samuel you were our leader. I kept bugging him. He never got angry. Samuel you were our adventure. Jumping from the top of the roof. You lived for the story. 
Hiking with you was an adventure straight through the bush or the mountain. His little sisters could do everything when he made it a race. 
Samuel believed in us. He loved us.
You inspired us. Your faith
Dominique. Uncle Samuel swam in the river. 
No more earthly restrictions. Samuel you would 

Grema met him in 16. He was a loving husband. He was loved. He was a father that loved his son so much. Lots of wisdom. Captured my heart. He gave my life meaning. He danced like a baby. 
No regrets to marry him 2 years. Love you forever. 

Jeannine Samuel was not relaxed. Crazy wild passionate. He is the comic relief at his funeral. 
Be still and know. 
Video series to have more passion in life. 
Winter fun. Cold water foot dipping. 

Corn roast coming up. He used to grow corn and sell it at the farmer's market. He planted corn this spring. It's ready to enjoy. Come share the joy. Open mic there. 
Remember the vim he had. 

Preacher met Samuel at the Chinese church. He thought English in China. He had 1600 people on his phone. 

If I fought wild beasts but have no hope....
He was grounded in eternal hope. Not human hope. Faith in Christ being sure of what we hope for. 
4 years ago he called. His voice was a whisper when he called to say his new wife had died. 
We do not grieve without hope. This hope is an anchor. Jesus is our anchor. We will see Jesus face to face. He is in heaven now. Revelation. A great multitude standing before the lamb. He loved nations. 
Dubai never a dull moment with Samuel. 

What got him to heaven was inviting Jesus into his life. Do it today. 

Your Blessing of Restriction

Darryl Friesen www.YourAnchorPoint.com
What's the difference between boundaries and rules?
Analogies are limited and finite. How does our relationships with children parallel God's relationship with us. 
Rules have consequences. They are not adjustable.
Boundaries are flexible and personal. Bedtimes are for their good. It's a blessing. It brings joy the next day. She tests the boundaries. 
Boundaries are more complex and harder to understand. 
Heart attitude is harder. 
Jacob's bedside blessings, 

Jacob called his sons together and said: My sons, I am Jacob, your father Israel.  Come, gather around, as I tell your future.  These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is how Jacob gave each of them their proper blessings.
Genesis 49:1‭-‬2‭, ‬28 CEV

A blessing for days to come. He was prophetic. 
This confronts the concept of blessing across generations. Rarely do we think in prospective of the future. 
V28 everything spoken here is a blessing. 
V1-7 how can these verses be a blessings? Demoting these brothers was a blessing to the nation. Ruben attempted to grab leadership by sleeping with his father's wife. The oldest 2 abused the covenant of circumcision. They killed the people of Sechem. That disqualified them to lead the Israelites. So that made the curses they got into blessings. 
They were likely devastated. 

It's possible they were thinking they had done the right thing. Levi was rewarded and set apart after they killed 3000. They were zealous for the honor of God. 

Good gifts come from the father of lights. What do we do when our wings have been clipped? 
God decision to disallow us to fill roles that we are unsuited for are a blessing. 
God is good all the time. He restores forgives. 
Isaiah 55.8
The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.   "Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat.  That's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do."
Isaiah 55:8‭, ‬10‭-‬11 CEV

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Why I'm Not a Christian

In his book, Why I am not a Christian, skeptic Bertrand Russell admitted that the primary reason he could not be a Christian was that Jesus believed in hell and taught about it in one verse after another again and again. Russell called Christ belief in the wrath of God the one serious defect in Christ's moral character. 

I cannot tell you how many people I have read about who have said they could not be Christians because of the doctrine of God's Wrath.

But let me give you the other side of the story. 

Croatian theologian Miroslav Volf wrote in his book Free of Charge:

I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God. Isn't God love? Shouldn't divine love be beyond wrath? God is love, and God loves every person and every creature. That's exactly why God is wrathful against some of them. My last resistance to the idea of God's wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the region from which I come. According to some estimates, 200,000 people were killed and over 3,000,000 were displaced. My villages and cities were destroyed, my people shelled day in and day out, some of them brutalized beyond imagination, and I could not imagine God not being angry. Or think of Rwanda in the last decade of the past century, where 800,000 people were hacked to death in one hundred days! How did God react to the carnage? By doting on the perpetrators in a grandparently fashion? By refusing to condemn the bloodbath but instead affirming the perpetrators' basic goodness? Wasn't God fiercely angry with them? Though I used to complain about the indecency of the idea of God's wrath, I came to think that I would have to rebel against a God who wasn't wrathful at the sight of the world's evil. God isn't wrathful in spite of being love. God is wrathful because God is love.

He went on to say that when you watch families and Friends murdered in front of you the only way to keep from going insane his to know there is a God who is angry and he will one day restore justice.  If your God doesn't possess the ability to feel wrath you will seek with insatiable desire to seek Vengeance yourself. Only when you believe that God has a sword in his hand can you lay it down from your hand.

That is what Paul was saying when he wrote to the Romans beloved do not avenge yourselves but give place to God for it is written vengeance is mine I will repay.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway

Rest A While
Pastor Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde 
The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught. There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn't even have time to eat. So he said to them, "Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while."  When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.
Mark 6:30‭-‬31‭, ‬34 GNBDC

Jesus said let's rest. Before you do more. Chill out. 
Martha is busy. Mary keeps asking Jesus to tell another story. Martha you are distracted. Chill out girl. It's better to rest. 
Are you frazzled? Rest. Take care of yourself. Resting and doing needs balance. Do and Are. Chill out. Time away with Jesus. Be. Be with your spouse. 
Take a nap. Did it the next day. Woke up refreshed. Things went well after that. Jesus took a nap. Just be. 
Our devices tell us to slow down. Quiet doesn't mean silent. Take a walk on the board walk. Take out the jump rope. Jump. 
Breathe once in a while. 

When Peace Like A River
It is well with my soul

Sunday, July 15, 2018

There is power in the Name of Jesus

2 Samuel 6
Aqueelah Ligonde Far Rockaway Presbyterian
The Ark of the Covenant had been at Abinadab's house for 20 years. David decided it needed to be in Jerusalem. 
Uzzah had died. 
He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.  Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
2 Samuel 6:10‭-‬12 NIV
The power of the presence of God was there. Dangerous. We love joy and dancing. 2 years ago Sandra died in a jail cell. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents. So much injustice. 
Saw the presence of God all week at Vacation Bible School. 
We saw God's presence in the celebration of homegoing. Joy comes in the morning. We get tired in life but there is hope and rejoicing on the other side. 
David had to recalculate his next move but he danced for God. 
Don't be the miserable person. Dance a little. Even when it hurts. Joy comes in the morning. Don't stop dancing. The presence of the Lord is here. 
Here my cry oh Lord song the rock  that is higher than I 
Hear My Cry Oh Lord https://g.co/kgs/oT3Bv4

There is power in the name of Jesus

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Far Rockaway Namaste


Mark 6:1-13 Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. 
Pastor Rev Aqueelah Ligonde
 Namaste is said to respect each other. I bow to the light in you. 
In Jesus's home town they did not see the light in him. 
Some folks refuse to recognize the light in you. It really hurts when your family turns their back on you. We want our family to be our cheer leaders. 
Jesus kept serving even when they didn't like him. 
He sent his boys into the community. If they don't see the light in you SHAKE IT OFF! 
We've got work to do. This community needs some Namaste moments. There is a reason you are here today. God saw this moment. 
I'm preaching at myself today. When you pour light into somebody it pours back into you. 
What we have is the answer to Far Rockaway. To change the world. Recognize the light in somebody today. 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Sunder Krishnan prayer


Gesalt story
Amusement is the opposite of muse to think
Moses felt called to rescue his the. He had lots of vision passion and purpose. Not the right kind. 
He fled. 
Became a shepherd. 
Saw a burning bush that was not consumed. The fire did not need the bush for fuel. 
Rexdale Alliance was to become a beacon to the world. The excellence of the human soul
The horrifying prospect of success without God. 
The Emotionally Healthy Leader. Larry had a growing church but failed miserably.

The LORD said to Moses, "Leave this place, you and the people you brought out of Egypt, and go to the land that I promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to their descendants. You are going to a rich and fertile land. But I will not go with you myself, because you are a stubborn people, and I might destroy you on the way."  When the people heard this, they began to mourn and did not wear jewellery any more. So after they left Mount Sinai, the people of Israel no longer wore jewellery.
Exodus 33:1‭, ‬3‭-‬4‭, ‬6 GNB

When Moses went into the tent the Israelites stood and worshipped. 

Moses said to the LORD , "It is true that you have told me to lead these people to that land, but you did not tell me whom you would send with me. You have said that you know me well and are pleased with me. Now if you are, tell me your plans, so that I may serve you and continue to please you. Remember also that you have chosen this nation to be your own."  The LORD said, "I will go with you, and I will give you victory."  Moses replied, "If you do not go with us, don't make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you are pleased with your people and with me if you do not go with us? Your presence with us will distinguish us from any other people on earth."
Exodus 33:12‭-‬16 GNB

Egypt knew how to build pyramids on the bodies of slaves. Moses was trained in that wisdom. 

We need to get deeper and deeper in debt to God. Apart from me you can do nothing. Teach me your ways so I may know you more. 

36 years of preaching has changed me. Still learning. God is more concerned with how we do, not what. 

God you started this and now you finish it. These are your people. 
3 words 
Teach me
We want your presence to go with us. Everybody needs to know who you are. Unique.
Any time of prayer can be an adventure. 
Show me your glory. This is the foundational prayer. Revelation mission accomplished. It's the fuel that keeps us going.  
 The joy is complete when others see it too. 
God says v23 you can see my hind quarter
We are not like Moses. We don't need the veil. 
You will be touched and transformed. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Andrea Wiebe


Tim works with Skip The Dishes. An old man paid $100 for $40 pizza. 
Mephibosheth was lame. 

There was a servant of Saul's family named Ziba, and he was told to go to David. "Are you Ziba?" the king asked. "At your service, sir," he answered.   The king asked him, "Is there anyone left of Saul's family to whom I can show loyalty and kindness, as I promised God I would?" Ziba answered, "There is still one of Jonathan's sons. He is crippled."  When Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul, arrived, he bowed down before David in respect. David said, "Mephibosheth," and he answered, "At your service, sir."  "Don't be afraid," David replied. "I will be kind to you for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will give you back all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always be welcome at my table."  Ziba answered, "I will do everything Your Majesty commands." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, just like one of the king's sons.
2 Samuel 9:2‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬7‭, ‬11 GNB

When we do kind things the people experience God's mercy and kindness. 

With God's help we can find opportunities all the time. 

We have kids at all levels in kid's church. We need more volunteers. Jayden is the leader for the grade 4 kids that each get an autographed Bible. 
Grade 6 kids are moving to student ministries. Andy teaches them.

Encouragement. We took 25 on a weekend retreat to encourage them. They have a heart for God.

Pastor Dwight grade 12 graduations. Pray for them.

We are blessed. 
Inspired by song
Christ has no body here but ours


This song is composed by Brian Mclaren, from "songs for a revolution of hope." 

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands, no feet here on earth but ours
Ours the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness

Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Baptism Sunday Father's Day

Bruce Dyck transfer from Presbyterian
Miqdalia Daniels from non Christian home. Jesus changed my life through the youth group.
Braidy Waschuk grew up in a Christian home. Camp Arnes changed my life. Went to Soar Heartland this year. That changed my life. Want to show I'm a Christ follower. Luke 17.6 faith like a mustard seed. 

Reckless Love song. Is God's love reckless? God just puts himself out there no matter what. Luke 15.3-7
The shepherd looks for his sheep. 

Reckless Love
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it,
Shalom Grateful Unique
Do you believe Jesus  is the son of God and he died for you? 
Do you choose to follow Him? Yes! 

It is my pleasure to baptize you in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit. 

Delbert Enns
Christ my Anchor
Anyone can be a father but it takes somebody special to be a daddy. 

Our society has little respect for Fatherhood. Too few fathers have been good examples. Family anchor. 
When we have crisis do we have a solid anchor? 
God allows us to walk through crisis from time to time. When it's your own fault it's one thing. 
What if the crisis is caused by others? How do we deal with that? 
Paul Acts 27.10
saying, "Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
Acts 27:10‭-‬12 ESV

When you face a crisis do you allow experts or circumstances to direct you? Do you go by feelings? Do you follow the crowd? V15 driven along by the wind. V18 storm tossed and threw every thing including the ship's tackle. Everything. Hope was abandoned. 
V29 let down the anchors and prayed. Paul rises up and tells them to take heart. No lives will be lost. God's presence will go with you. Do not be afraid. God's purpose will be established in you. 
3. God's promise will prevail. 
Be encouraged. 
4. God answers prayer. God is close to the broken hearted. Paul's bay in Malta is where they landed.
Do not give up. 

We need one another. Covenant together. We have a great hope. 
Baptism is a picture of what Jesus has done for us. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Book: A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

Book: A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

I wondered if my family had been cursed. I entertained the idea that the accident was a demonic attack. I looked with cynicism on the absurdity of Life. Maybe, I thought, there really is no God and no meaning to life. I resigned myself to misery and thereby yielding to its inexorability. These machinations of the Mind tormented me because I could not discover any explanation that made sense of the tragedy. An answer to the "Why?" question alluded me.

Life in this world is an accident waiting to happen and there is not much we can do about it. Common sense, of course, tells us to wear seatbelts and make wise decisions. These good habits will minimize accidents but not eliminate them. Did I really want to know what was going to happen in the future so that I could protect myself from the accidents that inevitably and randomly occur every person's life? And if I knew what accidents were looming ahead and could change the course of my life but wouldn't  I want to know what accidents would befall me as a result of the new course I had set for myself? What I really wanted was to be God - an option obviously closed to me. So if I really wanted to protect myself from accidents I should lock myself inside an antiseptic bubble and live there for the rest of my life. But who would want that? Better to brace myself for accidents and injury as best I can. Better to give up my quest for control and live in Hope.

Maybe that is why most people seem to weather loss so well. They learn to live in hope. It is a Wonder, considering the suffering that awaits us all, how few of us live in constant dread, utterley immobilized about what may happen to us. Somehow we manage to live reasonably well, expecting the best, and when the time comes to face the worst, accepting it as part of the bargain of living in a fallen world. We are remarkably resilient creatures. When knocked down, most of us get up, like weeds bouncing back after being trampled. We love again, work again, and hope again. We think it is worth the risk and trouble to live in the world, though terrors surely await us, and we take our chances., All Things Considered, life is still worth living.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Church of the Rock Bronx Community

Pastor Mark Hughes

Our Identity in Christ
Who do you be? 
1st World War shell shocked soldiers forgot who they were. They had a rally where each of a 100 soldiers asked the group, do you know who I am?

Jesus always knew who he was. Peter said you are the Christ the son of the living God. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury got on an mental tour bus and when he said who he was he got counted with the nuts. 

Augustine
1.  No longer ashamed
2.  No longer insecure
3. 

Paul said that. He was the persecuter. He had a reputation to live down. 

Last week met someone who wanted to tell him about his past. That's behind. 
Don't look back. 

2. No longer insecure. Self esteem is the new era. Sin is the biggest problem that leads to low self esteem. One's ability to achieve is directly related to self esteem. 
All Things have become new. 
God why did you make me like this. God has a right to do what he wants. 
We're all of equal value. We are not created equal. All unique. Took I. Q. Test. 21 questions. Tough. Discovered I'm an idiot. We need to remember we are unique. Know thyself. Who you are. Do what God created you for. JFK began to think he was great. Nikita Khrushchev beat him up in negotiations. 

3 times Paul told us to be and 1x to do. If you be what you be you can do. 
Jesus chose 12 uneducated men and entrusted them with the kingdom of God. 

Preached 1st message and messed it all up. Billy Graham messed up his first sermon. 

You are God's masterpiece. If God be for you who can be against you? 

We always desire approval. The most important approval comes from God. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Redeemer Presbyterian East Side

Abraham Cho 
If work is as glorious as Genesis says what's wrong with it?
1. Work becomes rebellion
They began saying to each other, "Let's make bricks and harden them with fire." (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.)
Genesis 11:3 NLT
Come let us make a rival creation 
The materials to be used was a statement of rebellion. 
A tower to show the power of mankind. Set us up as gods to make a name for ourselves. So we don't have to fill the earth. 
A motive in every heart to reject God. Hubris the fatal flaw that leads to failure. 
Desire to scale the walls of heaven is our hubris. 
Our work goes wrong when we get hit with hubris. 
1. Love God 
2. Love your neighbour. All we do is to be driven my motivation of love. 
If not it becomes loving yourself. About winning and being in control. Toil by three sweat of your brow. It goes wrong when it becomes rebellion. 
2. Work becomes salvation.
V3 moving East is going farther away from God 

Then they said, "Come, let's build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world."
Genesis 11:4 NLT
We want our name to be a top hit in Google
The Greatest Showman track is what my family is listening to. 
The love story of creating the greatest show and looking for validation. 
Come back home. I drank champagne with kings and queens. These eyes will not be blinded

We are most godlike when we're working. How am I doing things that only God can give. Only God 

3. Work becomes defeat. 
But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.
Genesis 11:5‭, ‬9 NLT
They are scattered. Babel the gate of the gods comes to mean gibberish. 
Mercy is in God's response of scattering them. God confuses our languages to protect us. 
Abraham was promised a name by God. As a gift of grace. 

Our performances can never reach to heaven. Only God can reach us. Jesus came. The cross of suffering and shame is the human creation that reaches to heaven. Babel couldn't do it. Only the Prince of Peace could seal our salvation. 
He is bearing our hubris to silence our discontent. 
Come too Jesus today. 
Let's pray.  

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Empty Tomb

http://www.youranchorpoint.com
Armann Jakob Palsson associate pastor. In Winnipeg since June. 
Donavan - church went witnessing yesterday. Lots of good contacts. Next time on the 28th. Some people got on the bus for Good sharing. 

The Empty Tomb for now we see dimly. 

I see dimly. Like going to the ocean for a thimble of water and getting excited about that. 

How can we achieve more? Gratitude and relationships are as important as reading the Bible. 
Growth Gratitude Relationships
Jesus loved stories. 1/3 of his teaching was in parables. 
The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?" He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it. I don't want Isaiah's forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don't see a thing. The people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them.
Matthew 13:10‭-‬15 MSG
You will be given more wisdom joy faith. 

He who improves what he has will get more. 
Be faithful, courtiers. Extend love.

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you'll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That's why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live.
Romans 13:1‭-‬3 MSG

We may throw the dice but God controls how they fall. 

Honour God and others.

Let's make a rule to avoid distractions for certain hours each week. 

Mom was born in a barn with a drunk doctor that threw her away. 

Listen on line. 

Susan Pinker Ted Talk personal close relationships helps people live to 100 on an island in Italy.

How can I bless the people around you. Think of others before yourself. JOY - Jesus first Others next Yourself last.

We need each other. Live long by being with others. Live long spiritually by being with others in church. Get pumped to be with others.

Let's not tear each other down. Keep meeting and encouraging one another. 

Contact the missing. Keep an eye out for one another. 

Think about this song, 
 In the morning, when I rise,
in the morning, when I rise,
in the morning, when I rise,
give me Jesus.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Happy Resurrection Day

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus' body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus' body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
John 19:38‭-‬42 NLT

www.EasTview. org chor: Hear the bells ringing Jesus is risen

They sealed the tomb

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. for until then they still hadn't understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.
John 20:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭, ‬9‭-‬10 NLT

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin. Your grace was so free washes over me
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It's your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Christ is risen indeed
500 eye witnesses proved Jesus had risen. It took a miracle to convince the disciples that he was alive. Remember the empty tomb. 

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. "Dear woman, why are you crying?" Jesus asked her. "Who are you looking for?" She thought he was the gardener. "Sir," she said, "if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him." "Mary!" Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, "Rabboni!" (which is Hebrew for "Teacher"). Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord!" Then she gave them his message.
John 20:11‭-‬12‭, ‬15‭-‬16‭, ‬18 NLT

The doors were locked. Jesus did not need to open doors. Just to be where no one else could go. 
Jesus can help when no one else can. He'll give you victory. He can reach in to you. He simply shows up. Would you allow Jesus to find you today? 

There are so many nice resurrection songs why do we need to listen to noise? 

Doors were locked in the evening when loneliness and fear is at the highest. Jesus stepped into it. 
Behind locked doors we feel safe. 
Satan tries to mess you up. To leave you hanging there. 

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!" "My Lord and my God!" Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."
John 20:24‭-‬25‭, ‬27‭-‬29 NLT

Filled with wonder awestruck wonder

Jesus's death was difficult. Thomas was agitated. The sceptic in him screamed that he had to touch the wounds.

It happened. Jesus showed up in person. My Lord and my God! Those who believed he gave the right to be children of God. Surrender to Jesus today. Get the peace He offers. Pray now. 

Jesus Messiah name above all names

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness? The King of Glory. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

GOOD FRIDAY

Freedom in the Promised Land. The Passover in Jerusalem was special. His time had come. 
Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, "Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together." "Where do you want us to prepare it?" they asked him. He replied, "As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,  say to the owner, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?'  He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal."  They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there. When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.  Jesus said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.  For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come." He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. "But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.  For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him."
Luke 22:7‭-‬22 NLT


Communion

On the way, Jesus told them, "Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, 'God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there." Peter declared, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you." Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me." "No!" Peter insisted. "Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!" And all the other disciples vowed the same. Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go over there to pray."  And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. Jesus said, "My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for." Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will die by the sword.  Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?  But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures." At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Matthew 26:31‭-‬36‭, ‬47‭, ‬50‭-‬50‭, ‬52‭-‬53‭, ‬56 NLT

Each of us will make decisions. Jesus is standing on trial still. What will you do with Jesus? 

Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall,
friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?
What will you do with Jesus?

Refrain:
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Some day your heart will be asking,
"What will he do with me?"

Jesus is standing on trial still,
you can be false to him if you will,
you can be faithful through good or ill.
What will you do with Jesus? Refrain


That's just wrong. There are many things in that category. Lust. Unforgiveness. Jesus's crucifixion. 

He took all the wrongs. He sees our brokenness. Our pain. 
We must allow him to make things right. 
All to Jesus I surrender. 

Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. The leading priests picked up the coins. "It wouldn't be right to put this money in the Temple treasury," they said, "since it was payment for murder."  After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter's field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, "They took the thirty pieces of silver— the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel, and purchased the potter's field, as the Lord directed. "
Matthew 27:2‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬10 NLT

Falling into the water does not drown people staying under does. 
You may have sinned and suffer the consequences but you don't have to stay there. Peter repented. Judas was sorry but not willing to repent and walk in truth. 
Jesus changes everything. You don't want to miss him. 

In Pilate's hall He stands betrayed

The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. "Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face. Pilate went outside again and said to the people, "I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty." Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, "Look, here is the man!" When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" "Take him yourselves and crucify him," Pilate said. "I find him not guilty." The Jewish leaders replied, "By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. Then Jesus said, "You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin." Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, "If you release this man, you are no 'friend of Caesar.' Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar." "Away with him," they yelled. "Away with him! Crucify him!" "What? Crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have no king but Caesar," the leading priests shouted back. Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away.
John 19:2‭-‬8‭, ‬11‭-‬12‭, ‬15‭-‬16 NLT

The man sentenced for crucifiction would have to drag his cross. If he did not die from his injuries he would die of suffocation. 
Every sin has to be paid. Jesus took our place. 

Your blood ran down
From Your head down Your face
From Your hands to Your feet
Your blood ran down for me
From Your head down Your face
From Your hands to Your feet
Your blood ran down
Your blood ran down
Your blood ran down for me

Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha ). And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, "Rather than tearing it apart, let's throw dice for it." This fulfilled the Scripture that says, "They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing." So that is what they did. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son."  And he said to this disciple, "Here is your mother." And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
John 19:17‭, ‬19‭-‬19‭, ‬23‭-‬24‭, ‬26‭-‬27 NLT

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, "I am thirsty."  When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:28‭, ‬30 NLT

Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow. Jesus paid it all. 

The rest of the story Sunday at 9:15 & 11:15