Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Empty Tomb
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.

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