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Issues In Perspective
Mark 14:12-42

Issues In Perspective

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 56:13


As Jesus eats the Passover meal, He institutes the Lord's Supper, foretells Peter's denial and then goes to Gethsemane to pray to His Father, preparing for His arrest.

The Seven Streams Method

John 13:31-16:4 We are in the Christ Stream reading from The Message. 7streamsmethod.com | @serenatravis | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Jesus, you are such a dear Savior, comforter, friend, instructor. Your love is overwhelming, we can but be inspired to live all our days for you. Amen. 13:31-38 - With Judas now gone Jesus can make the statements He needs to make, now that the group had been cleansed of its traitor.  They must love one another. It was now time for Jesus to proceed alone into a baptism that most of them would follow into within a generation or two.  He would die alone on a hillside while being mocked. Jesus knew what was coming in the next 18 hours. And notice that He says He will be glorified at this point, not crucified.  The disciples' hearts were still telling themselves, "say it isn't so..." 14 - all of this chapter was spoken to the 11 remaining disciples while they were still at the Communion Table of the Last Supper. This was in an Upper Room in the SW corner of the city of Jerusalem.  It is the most heart-warming material in the whole Bible. God/Jesus promised them that there was a wondrous celestial reward waiting for them, for certain, at the end of this pilgrimage. And Jesus' words were true because Jesus is the Truth. Their understanding of Jesus meant an understanding of God the Father. The Holy Spirit was coming to them to walk them through everything, to teach, and strengthen, and guide them all the way as they lived out their Calling. They will have peace. They need not fear anything. They must be loving; filled with love, and obedient to God. These two matters are verification of each other: to love is to obey - to obey is to love [and vice versa!]  15 - They had left the Upper Room and Jesus kept talking to them all the way to Gethsemane [ch's 15,16,17].The main points here are that we, his followers, are like branches of a main vine.  We are pruned so that we can be productive. We must be like pruned vines that are productive, not the prunings that are gathered and burned. "Abide" in Me means to stay attached/connected. The Message version this week says "stay joined with Me" (Jesus). This means to stay in God's love. Your joy will be the proof that you know God's love. You're being elevated to where I Am/Jesus is. Realize how special/chosen you are. And know this about the world: they don't know God, thus they hate Jesus, and they are going to hate you. That is simply the succession.  Just decide to be o.k. with it. 16:1-4 - Jesus told them about being hated by worldly souls so that the disciples were fairly warned.  And the disciples were violently hated. It's sobering that they all died from such cruel, criminal treatment and all of them were so completely loving to the end - even to their executors.  To be so hated and to be so loving at the same time. Perhaps this can inspire us all to do better with unpleasant people.

Straight From The Heart Radio

He took the cup- The significance of the last Passover meal Jesus celebrated with His disciples must have escaped them. What new covenant was Jesus talking about? After literally taking the cup of Passover, Jesus made His way to the garden at Gethsemane where He prepared to accept the cup of God's wrath for all of mankind.

The Cottondale Pulpit
Tested in the Garden -- A Sermon on Matthew 26:30-56

The Cottondale Pulpit

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 43:46


In the garden of Gethsemane we see (1) misguided courage, (2) total surrender), and (3) fulfilled Scripture. Learn more in this sermon presented to Cottondale Baptist Church in Eastman, GA on 11/21/21 by pastor Chad Hendley.www.cottondalebaptistchurch.com

Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens

Matthew 27 describes one of the most heart-wrenching episodes ever recorded. After hours of physical beating, the Son of God, the promised Messiah, is now on trial before Pilate. He is there because Judas, one of His disciples, has betrayed Him. The other disciples, some of whom declared their allegiance to Him only hours before, have scattered. Now Jesus stands alone before Pilate, the Roman governor who is supposed to uphold the rule of law. On three separate occasions, Pilate states that he finds Jesus “not guilty.” But despite knowing Jesus's innocence, Pilate yields to the crowd and condemns Jesus to death (John 18:38-19:22). After a grueling night of physical, mental, and emotional pain, Jesus is finally nailed to the cross, an excruciating form of execution. The Scriptures tell us He made seven different statements from the cross, but none as dramatic as His cry in Matthew 27:46, when He quoted Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” In this very moment, Jesus was bearing the sins of the world. The perfect Lamb of God, unblemished and without fault, accepted the guilt and shame of our sins. Jesus and the Father had always enjoyed perfect fellowship. But now, carrying the sins of the world, Jesus stood in judgment from His Father. No wonder Jesus had prayed earlier in the Garden of Gethsemane, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39). As horrible as the experience had been up to this moment, suffering His Father's wrath was surely the low point of Jesus's suffering. But this was the only way to fulfill the holy justice of God and open the door of relationship that our sins had closed. In love, Jesus provided the perfect, ultimate sacrifice. And after three days, God raised Jesus from the dead! Jesus's willingness to suffer the Father's just wrath allows us to be adopted by the Father. Because Jesus cried out from the cross, “Why have you abandoned me?” we can now shout in the joy of adoption, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). • Mike Hurley • How does what Jesus did on the cross reveal God's love for us? (Check out our "Know Jesus" page.) • If you'd like to dig deeper, read Acts 2:22-36 and Romans 8:15-39. Jesus called out with a loud voice...“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27:46b (NLT)

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Day 321: Jesus' Prayer in the Garden

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 26:46


Fr. Mike highlights how Jesus didn't pray in order get something from God, he prayed in order to be close to God. He also points to Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as a perfect example of how we should pray with honesty and trust. Lastly, Fr. Mike provides insights on the significance of the walk to Emmaus and Jesus' last words on the cross. The readings are Luke 22:39-24 and Proverbs 26:20-23. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

Alfreda Evans' Podcast
Part 1 The Ten Stages of Christ's Suffering

Alfreda Evans' Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 10:16


Dr. Joel Beeke on SermonAudio
Christ: Gethsemane's King-Lamb

Dr. Joel Beeke on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 79:00


A new MP3 sermon from Mount Zion Bible Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Christ: Gethsemane's King-Lamb Subtitle: Our Christ Conference 2021 Speaker: Dr. Joel Beeke Broadcaster: Mount Zion Bible Church Event: Conference Date: 11/14/2021 Bible: John 18:1-14 Length: 79 min.

RUF at Belmont
Seeing Jesus 2021-8 (Mark 14b)

RUF at Belmont

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 29:02


Kevin Twit's sermon on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane for his 2021 series for Belmont RUF

Alastair's Adversaria
Biblical Reading and Reflections: November 8th (Isaiah 21 & Mark 14:26-52)

Alastair's Adversaria

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 26:45


Oracles concerning Babylon and the Arabians. Betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane. My reflections are searchable by Bible chapter here: https://audio.alastairadversaria.com/explore/. If you are interested in supporting this project, please consider supporting my work on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/zugzwanged), using my PayPal account (https://bit.ly/2RLaUcB), or buying books for my research on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/36WVSWCK4X33O?ref_=wl_share). You can also listen to the audio of these episodes on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/alastairs-adversaria/id1416351035?mt=2.

Rocky Mount Baptist Church - Sermon Audio
A Place Called Gethsemane - Mark 14:32-38

Rocky Mount Baptist Church - Sermon Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 31:28


A place called Gethsemane.

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - November 4 - How to Pray According to God's Will pt 3

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 10:35


Scripture For Today:Matthew 26:44(This was Jesus praying in the Garden after He said, “Thy will be done…), So he left them (the disciples) and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing…”How to Pray According to God's Will pt 3If there was ever anyone, ANYONE, who knew what the Will of God was – it was Jesus. Amen! But, in this story about his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, we see Him asking if there was ANY OTHER WAY to accomplish the plan of Salvation, He was asking God to do it.  But when He did not hear anything, no response whatsoever from the Father, He understood that everything written in the Bible about Him and about His sacrifice WAS God's Will. Amen! The fact that here, we see Him returning to His disciples, only to find them sleeping, proved the fact that HE had to do this alone. It was ONLY His decision. The Father had made HIS decision. The fact that scripture talked about what was going to happen is proof enough of that! Jesus KNEW the scriptures. He KNEW what was required.  But yet, as a temptation ONLY HE could overcome – and yes, there was a temptation to NOT go through with it… HE had to go back and remember what the scriptures had to say. What they said about Him. What they said about the sacrifice only HE could make. What they said about the future coming Kingdom. What they said about HE was the only way any other human being could EVER enter into a relationship with the Father – through HIM and only when HE went through with the ultimate torture, sacrifice and DEATH that awaited Him. But, He also had the promises of being RAISED UP from the dead.  He had risen the dead. He understood that, as written in  John 10:17-18, “The reason the Father loves me is that I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it (my life) from me. No one. I lay it down of my own accord. Since I lay it down, I also have the authority to take it up again. THIS is the charge I have received from my Father.” He understood that. He KNEW it was His destiny from before the foundation of the world was laid. Amen! Because of that, when He prayed to the Father that “if there is any other way – take this cup from me.”  But when He did not hear one peep from the Father – He said, “not my will but YOUR will be done.” He did not ask, “Take this cup away from me if it be thy will.” He KNEW what the scripture said. He KNEW that the Word of God IS the WILL OF GOD.  That is what we are reading here. Now, if that was good enough for Jesus – WHY on God's green earth do YOU think it is not good enough for you? WHY?  Go ahead… think of your excuse… I'll wait.  You can't. Because there IS NO VALID REASON for YOU to pray “if it be thy will.”  NONE. ZERO.  If YOU know what the scriptures say – you know God's Will on the matter.  The only way you will ever know God's will on the matter in front of you is to know the scripture. The only way you will ever know the scripture is – WHAT?  You have to READ the scriptures!   Ok, I've gone over again today… I pray you are getting this. It really is a matter of life or death that you understand what we are talking about. Life or death. Your life or your death. Maybe even the life or death of your spouse or kids. How about that? Get into the Word and LEARN what the Will of God truly is. Amen! Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this...

Lakewoodgrace
October 31, 2021 | Mark Sermon Series - Episode 25

Lakewoodgrace

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 30:11


Pastor Bill Wa rd shares from Mark 14:27-52 on the incredible importance of Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Family Bible Church weekly message

* We have spent the last eight months studying John's account of the ministry of Jesus Christ - the Son of God who became the Lamb of God in order to take away the sin of the world. * Over the past two months, we have been studying chapters 13-16 which record Jesus' actions and instructions to His disciples during the final hours of His life. They traveling to the Garden of Gethsemane where He will pray and then, subsequently, be arrested. However, before they arrive there, Jesus takes a moment to pray for His disciples. We have the blessing of having that High Priestly prayer of Jesus recorded for our learning. * Today, we will consider the first eight verses of chapter 17, which records an important request of Jesus'. * This message was presented on October 31, 2021 by Bob Corbin.

Liquid Church Message Video
Dealing With Grief As A Christian | Emotionally Healthy Spir

Liquid Church Message Video

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 49:43


When we think of grief and loss, we usually imagine the emotions we feel when someone we love dies. But the reality is, there is loss in every stage of life. What is Jesus teaching you as you deal with grief as a Christian? Think about it: You may have lost dreams or influence over your kids. There's also catastrophic feelings of loss when someone we love dies or a relationship ends. The truth is, grief and loss seem to come out of nowhere and interrupt our everyday lives. But the good news is, as Christians we can look to the example of Jesus to learn how to deal with grief and loss in a spiritually healthy way. In this message from Liquid Church's Emotionally Healthy Spirituality series, Pastor Kayra Montanez examines Jesus' grief in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26 of the New Testament. Here, we see Jesus didn't bury the pain of knowing what He would go through on the Cross. He brought his pain and feelings of loss to God the Father, surrounded himself with people to support Him and prayerfully processed his pain with God. As you learn how to develop an Emotionally Healthy Spirituality in your life and relationships, we pray the Holy Spirit will spark a spiritual revolution of healing in your life and home. Dealing With Grief As A Christian | Pastor Kayra Montanez | Liquid Church #Grief #Loss #Tragedy #Pain #Hurt #Emotions #Spirituality #Prayer #Faith #LiquidChurch #Christianity #ChristianChurch

Liquid Church
Dealing With Grief As A Christian | Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Part 5

Liquid Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 50:33


When we think of grief and loss, we usually imagine the emotions we feel when someone we love dies. But the reality is, there is loss in every stage of life. What is Jesus teaching you as you deal with grief as a Christian? Think about it: You may have lost dreams or influence over your kids. There's also catastrophic feelings of loss when someone we love dies or a relationship ends. The truth is, grief and loss seem to come out of nowhere and interrupt our everyday lives. But the good news is, as Christians we can look to the example of Jesus to learn how to deal with grief and loss in a spiritually healthy way. In this message from Liquid Church's Emotionally Healthy Spirituality series, Pastor Kayra Montanez examines Jesus' grief in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26 of the New Testament. Here, we see Jesus didn't bury the pain of knowing what He would go through on the Cross. He brought his pain and feelings of loss to God the Father, surrounded himself with people to support Him and prayerfully processed his pain with God. As you learn how to develop an Emotionally Healthy Spirituality in your life and relationships, we pray the Holy Spirit will spark a spiritual revolution of healing in your life and home. Dealing With Grief As A Christian | Pastor Kayra Montanez | Liquid Church #Grief #Loss #Tragedy #Pain #Hurt #Emotions #Spirituality #Prayer #Faith #LiquidChurch #Christianity #ChristianChurch

Theology Mix Network
Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” – October 30, Evening

Theology Mix Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 3:01


“Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.”-Song of Solomon 8:13 My sweet Lord Jesus remembers well the garden of Gethsemane, and although he has left that garden, he now dwells in the garden of his church: there he unbosoms himself to those who keep his blessed company. That voice of love with which he speaks to his beloved is more musical than the harps of heaven. There is a depth […] The post Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” – October 30, Evening appeared first on Theology Mix.

Morning and Evening with Charles Spurgeon

“Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to Thy voice: cause me to hear it.” — Song of Solomon 8:13 My sweet Lord Jesus remembers well the garden of Gethsemane, and although He has left that garden, He now dwells in the garden of His church: there He unbosoms Himself to those who […]

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
In Today's Uncertainty, We Need to Remember that God Wants to Walk with Us In All Our Life Situations, Both Good and Bad – Just Ask Him

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 1:00


In Today's Uncertainty, We Need to Remember that God Wants to Walk with Us In All Our Life Situations, Both Good and Bad – Just Ask Him MESSAGE SUMMARY: “Lord is my helper and confident, why should I be afraid? What can man do to me?” For this confidence, you must know who Jesus is – both in your heart and in your mind. Jesus is the Son of God – God in the flesh. As Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.". Therefore, You do not need to worry about troubling circumstances in your life because you know that He is with you; and He will guide you no matter how dark your life seems. Jesus is the light that shines in darkness.  As Jesus tells you in Luke 12:4-5, that when you have anxiety and fear in your life, you must determine if this anxiety derivative of the right kind of fear: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”. When you are faced with life's tragedies and the anxieties that result from just living your life, Jesus can turn those situations and your fears into ways and results that you cannot fathom, understand, or anticipate; but you can certainly appreciate. Why not give God a chance to walk with you in all your life situations -- good and bad? Ultimately, the Psalmist got it right in Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.".   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, everything in me resists following you into the garden of Gethsemane to fall on my face to the ground before you. Grant me the courage to follow you all the way to the cross, whatever that might mean for my life. And then, by your grace, lead me to resurrection life and power. In Jesus' name, amen.   Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 100). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will entrust to Him my future. I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  (From 2 Timothy 1:12). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Philippians 4:4-9; Mathew 6:25-34; Psalm 23:1-6; Psalms 22b:17-31. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “As Christians, We Tend to Easily Walk Away from Jesus, but He Rejoices When We Return.”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke - Learning the Catholic Faith
Biblical Roots of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden

The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke - Learning the Catholic Faith

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 28:15


Cale looks at Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane: did he actually sweat blood? How could he be afraid if he is God? Cale also looks at Jesus’s nature, his acceptance of the Father’s will, and compares this to Adam in Eden. All show notes at Biblical Roots of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden - This podcast produced by Relevant Radio

This Podcast Won't Run A Week
"Quirky and The Bad Bitch" - Young Frankenstein

This Podcast Won't Run A Week

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 58:07


What Knockers! This episode Kat and SLee are diving back into the adorable, madcap world of Mel Brooks with Young Frankenstein! Listening along as Kat pronounces Gethsemane correctly, SLee shares her college audition songs, and they both find out disappointing news about the West End Production. Later they chat about assigning roles for sing-a-longs, the formula for story telling, and Kat unveils information that has shaken the very foundation of everything she knows.Performance Links:https://youtu.be/QtOlUqXPQFo - ”Roll in the Hay” performed by Sutton Foster, Roger Bart, and Christopher Fitzgeraldhttps://youtu.be/zfK8l2Vabgo - “Please Don't Touch Me” performed by Megan Mullallyhttps://youtu.be/fJ274vPxINM - “Surprise” performed by Megan Mullallyhttps://youtu.be/9ztzz6Mdv0s - “The Brain” rehearsal performed by Roger Barthttps://youtu.be/zz9jNN75D5A - “Together Again” performed by Roger Bart and Christopher Fitzgeraldhttps://youtu.be/g37mtvbQCoI - “He Vas My Boyfriend” performed by Andrea MartinCheck out Down The Yellow Brick Pod! Available wherever you listen to podcasts!@downtheyellowbrickpod on instagramFollow us on Social Media!! @thispodwontrunaweek on instagram @thispodwontrun on twitter  Hosts: Kat Shaw, @katlynwithak on all platforms Savannah-Lee Mumford @dntcallmesavannah on instagram and @dntclmesavannah on twitter  Theme Song written and performed by:Rachel Lind @rachellindnyc on instagram and @rachelglind on twitter

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts
157 Peter - Pre-Pentecost

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 26:22


Lessons from their lives.  Talk 23.  Peter (Part One) Welcome to talk 23 in our series, Lessons from their lives. Last time we were considering the call of the four fisherman in Matthew 4. We saw seven lessons that we can learn about winning others for Jesus: Winning others for Jesus means calling them to repentance You don't need a special call to tell others about Jesus Winning others for Jesus may well involve a complete change in lifestyle This may involve forsaking one's means of livelihood It may also involve leaving one's family behind Winning others for Jesus means allowing him to make us Winning others for Jesus means proclaiming the kingdom of God These points (esp. 6) can be clearly seen in the life of Peter who was, of course, one of those four fishermen. Peter is the subject of our talk today and as we look at the key aspects of his life we see how Jesus was making or moulding him into the person he wanted him to be. As we saw last time, Jesus' first recorded words to Peter were, Come follow me. Jesus' final words to Peter (and to all the disciples) are found in Acts 1:4-8 where he told the disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait until they were baptised in the Holy Spirit, finishing with the promise in v.8: … you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. This was of course fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and the difference this made in Peter's life is clearly seen in the book of Acts. So, bearing this in mind, we'll divide our study into two sections: Peter before Pentecost (today) Peter after Pentecost (next time). Peter before Pentecost Peter is probably the best known and best loved of Jesus' disciples, partly because the Gospels tell us more about him than the other disciples and partly because in Peter's life we see a reflection of our own shortcomings. In this talk we'll be looking at a few well known examples from Peter's life and see how Jesus was preparing him to become a fisher of men. We'll discover that the lessons Peter had to learn are in many ways applicable to our lives too. Walking on water In Matthew 14:25-33 we have the story of Peter walking on water. The disciples are in a boat on the sea of Galilee when Jesus comes to them walking on the water. The disciples are terrified thinking they're seeing a ghost, but Jesus says, Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid. ‘Lord, if it's you,' Peter replies, ‘tell me to come to you on the water' and Jesus says, Come. So Peter gets out of the boat and walks on the water towards Jesus. But when he sees the wind, he's afraid and begins to sink. So he calls to Jesus,  Lord, save me! Jesus reaches out his hand and catches him. You of little faith, he says, why did you doubt? Peter believes that Jesus had the power to enable him to do the impossible (28) Peter acts on Christ's command and starts to do the impossible (29) BUT As he looks at the natural circumstances Peter is afraid and begins to sink (30). This is the result of Peter doubting (31). Peter needed to learn to keep looking to the Lord, whatever the outward circumstances might be. Confessing Jesus as Lord In Matthew 16:13-25 Jesus asks his disciples, Who do people say the Son of Man is? (13) They reply, John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the prophets (14) Jesus asks, But what about you? Who do you say I am? (15) Peter answers, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God (16). BUT When Jesus begins to explain that he must suffer and be killed in Jerusalem (21) Peter begins to rebuke Jesus and responds, ‘Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!' (22) Jesus turns his back on Peter, saying,  Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns (23). Peter needed to learn that the cross is central to our faith, that like Jesus he must deny himself (v24) The Transfiguration In Matthew 17:1-8 Jesus takes Peter, James and John and leads them up a high mountain. There he is transfigured before them. His face shines like the sun, and his clothes become as white as the light. Then Moses and Elijah appear before them, talking with Jesus. Peter says to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. (Luke adds: He did not know what he was saying. See Luke 9:28-36). But while Peter is  still speaking, a bright cloud covers them, and a voice from the cloud says, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him! The disciples are terrified and fall face down to the ground. Jesus comes and touches them and tells them not to be afraid. When they look up, they see no-one except Jesus. Peter needed to learn to listen before he spoke. (Jesus is the fulfilment of the law and the prophets). Cutting off Malchus's ear In Matthew 26:49-54 and John 18:10-11 we read how, when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. But Jesus said to him: Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?' John tells us that the servant's name was Malchus and that Jesus said to Peter: Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? Peter needed to learn that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual angelic forces are more powerful than military weapons what God has said in the scriptures must be fulfilled it's more important to do the will of God than to avoid personal suffering Denying Jesus Still in Matthew 26 we read how after Jesus was arrested Peter denied that he had anything to do with him. The relevant verses are 30-35, and 69-75. In v.31 Jesus tells his disciples This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘ “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” Peter replies, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.' To which Jesus answers Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times. But Peter declares Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you. But of course we know what happened. Sitting in the courtyard of the high priest, Peter is accused three times of being one of Jesus' disciples. And three times Peter denies it. He begins curse and swear. I don't know the man! And immediately a cock crows and  Peter remembers what Jesus said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.' And Peter goes outside and weeps bitterly (75). But even despite this awful failure the Lord's purpose for Peter remains unchanged. In John 21:15-19 Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to make amends. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?' ‘Yes, Lord,' he said, ‘you know that I love you.' Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.' Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?' He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.' Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.' The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?' He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.' Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.' Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!'” Brief comment on the use of Greek verbs for love. Peter needed to learn that despite his failures, Jesus was willing to forgive him and still had a purpose for his life. Summary - how does all this apply to us? Like Peter we need to learn: to keep looking to the Lord, whatever the outward circumstances might be that the message of the cross is central to our faith and that like Jesus we must deny ourselves to listen before we speak that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual - the angels are on our side that we can have confidence that what God has said in the scriptures must be fulfilled that it's more important to do the will of God than to avoid personal suffering that despite our failures, Jesus is willing to forgive us and still has a purpose for our lives.

Giving Up Normal
Getting Out of a Spiritual Rut [EP:114]

Giving Up Normal

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 29:00


O God, you are my God;      I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;      My whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land      where there is no water.   Can you relate to these words written by David in Psalm 63? Do you feel like you are searching for God? Maybe you can feel the dryness of your soul and you know it is impacting your life and leadership. Maybe you are worn out. The journey has depleted you, it's made you tired and even though you search for God you can't seem to connect with Him. He feels distant and you feel lost.   We all go through times when we feel less connected to God and there can be a variety of reasons for it. Maybe you feel stuck as you seek to grow in intimacy with God. Nothing you're doing right now makes you feel like you are growing closer to Him. Maybe you are not able to hear Him because you are distracted or not stopping to listen. Or maybe you have hit what Pete Scazzero calls, "the wall" and you are in a deeper place of distress because of God's silence and perceived absence. All of these things are a normal part of life with God and the good news is that when we find ourselves in these places, it is because God loves us and wants us to be even more intimately connected and dependent on Him.  Today we are going to talk about being in a spiritual rut and I will share some tips that may help you. The reason why this is so important is that the state of our soul directly impacts our life and ministry. The condition of our soul affects every part of our life...all of it. And if we don't attend to our inner life with God and try different ways to connect with God when we are feeling thirsty for Him, we could be setting ourselves up for depletion and burnout.   Our relationship with God is the strength that carries us through all of life and it is our relationship with God and His strength that allows us to serve in the place He has called us to. Our doing for Him comes directly out of our intimacy and meaningful connection with Him. Too many of us feel like David...parched, searching, weary, longing for God AND we don't do anything different. We keep doing the same things expecting, hoping for a different result. While you can't fix it (God is the fixer of things) you can explore with God and try some things to put you in a place that helps you be open to God and what He is doing.   If you feel dry, if you feel like you just aren't able to connect, you may be in a spiritual rut. You may need to reposition yourself (maybe literally in a different place) and do some things with God a little differently.   Some of the thoughts I'm sharing are things that I rediscovered as I recently read a book by Gary Thomas called “Sacred Pathways: Nine Ways to Connect With God" and I wanted to make sure to acknowledge his work.    Here are some tips to help you explore different ways that you can connect and love God.    PRAY. God, I'm not connecting. I'm not feeling like I'm connecting. Help me. Take me beyond my feelings. Pray the words of Psalm 63.   Go back to your Gethsemane.  You may know the garden of Gethsemane as the scene of the agony and arrest of Jesus and therefore it is a place of great mental or spiritual suffering. That's what I always think of when I hear Gethsemane. While this is true, there is something that Gary Thomas pointed out in his book Spiritual Pathways that I had missed. Jesus went out and made his way as usual to the Mount of Olives. (Luke 22:39) John 18 says, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. Jesus went back to a place that was familiar. It was a place that He had often visited.  Do you have a place? Do you have a place you like to meet with God? Where is it? Where do you feel drawn to Him? Go back if you can and if you can't get to that particular place, go back to the type of place. Discover how you connect with God in this season. God doesn't change, His love doesn't change, but how we connect with Him can and often does. We tend to narrow our approach from our past experience or what others tell us we should be doing. Consider your wonderful, unique design and imagine how that might help you connect with God. Explore what you and God can do together as you worship, pray, read the scripture, and listen.   Learn from others. This is another way to explore. Not because you want to copy someone else. Not because you are looking for the right way. But sometimes it's helpful to get ideas. Again, our thinking is so narrow...we never even consider connecting with God in certain ways, it just hasn't crossed our mind, it wasn't on our radar. As we listen to others we can be inspired by God to lean in to Him in different ways. And we may find encouragement in hearing stories about how others have also found themselves in a dry and weary land.   Experiment. You are not going to know until you try. You may be surprised. You can't fail. You will learn something about you and something about God.   Be a good steward of your life for the long haul. Spiritual replenishment, soul care, self care are all intertwined and absolutely necessary in order to develop Christ-like character and glorify God in whatever you. Too many people are not speaking up for themselves and creating the rhythms and boundaries necessary to do what God has called them to do for the long haul. Burnout is real. In fact, God wants to connect with you because you matter to Him apart from what you do!   Connect with Jen If God is revealing to you that you need to attend to your soul and journey with Him to be a healthier leader but you just don't know where to start, let's connect. Let's have a discovery call and figure out your next step. You can schedule one HERE.   Whatever you do, whether or not you want to hang out together, don't keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result. Lean into God and what He is trying to do in you.  

Abiding In Christ Ministries
Corum Deo God with Us

Abiding In Christ Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 14:24


Air Date 10/27/2021 Wednesday The Christian who compartmentalizes his or her life into two sections of the religious and the nonreligious has failed to grasp the big idea. The big idea is that all of life is religious or none of life is religious. To divide life between the religious and the nonreligious is itself a sacrilege.   This means that if a person fulfills his or her vocation as a steelmaker, attorney, or homemaker coram Deo, then that person is acting every bit as religiously as a soul-winning evangelist who fulfills his vocation. It means that David was as religious when he obeyed God's call to be a shepherd as he was when he was anointed with the special grace of kingship. It means that Jesus was every bit as religious when He worked in His father's carpenter shop as He was in the Garden of Gethsemane.   Integrity is found where men and women live their lives in a pattern of consistency. It is a pattern that functions the same basic way in church and out of church. It is a life that is open before God. It is a life in which all that is done is done as to the Lord. It is a life lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the tutelage of conscience that is held captive by the Word of God.   Coram Deo ... before the face of God. That's the big idea. Next to this idea our other goals and ambitions become mere trifles.     Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ  

Fern Creek Christian Church
The Olive Press - Coming Back from Pain

Fern Creek Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 31:25


Pain is an inevitable part of life. No matter who you are, you will experience pain in some form, but God offers healing through His Son, Jesus. Today, we take a look at the most painful night of Jesus' life in the garden of Gethsemane - a night where He knew the painful experience on the cross would bring healing to all mankind. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ferncreekcc/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ferncreekcc/support

Central Baptist Church of Ponca City

Watch/Listen here using the Embedded Subsplash Playerdiv.sap-embed-player{position:relative;width:100%;height:0;padding-top:56.25%;}div.sap-embed-player>iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;}Central Baptist Church of Ponca City, OKDATE: Sunday AM, October 24, 2021SERMON BY: Dr. John Waterloo SERMON TITLE: Not My Will, But Thine!SERMON THEME: Gethsemane—A Place of Decision!SERMON SERIES: The Gospel by MarkSERMON VERSES: Mark 14:32-42; Romans 7:14-25Mark 14:32-42  And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.— — —Watch/Listen here using our Subsplash WebShare Playerhttps://subspla.sh/2qkxqk9Listen here on Archive.orghttps://archive.org/download/102421-am-facebook-stream/102421AM-FacebookStream.mp3

FBC Crosby
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane - 10.21.21

FBC Crosby

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 51:53


Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Many Focus on Earning Money and Living a Financially Driven Life Which Lets Money Become Their “god”

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 1:00


Many Focus on Earning Money and Living a Financially Driven Life Which Lets Money Become Their “god” MESSAGE SUMMARY: We are so focused on earning money and other financially driven life activities so that it is easy for money and finances to become our god. Making finances “our god” violates the Second Commandment. Jesus is Lord over all Creation, as we are told in Psalms 24:1: “The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”. Therefore, everything that has been entrusted to you is God's. In James 5:1-3, the author of the Book of James provides insight into someone who does NOT make God the Lord of their finances: “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”. Therefore, let God Be Lord over your finances, which are, in reality, God's finances.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, everything in me resists following you into the garden of Gethsemane to fall on my face to the ground before you. Grant me the courage to follow you all the way to the cross, whatever that might mean for my life. And then, by your grace, lead me to resurrection life and power. In Jesus' name, amen.   Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 100). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will seek God's perspective on my situation. For I know that in all things God works together for good to those of us who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (From Romans 8:28). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Psalms 24:1-10; James 5:1-6; Psalms 25:1-22; Psalms 45:1-17. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Put God First and All Else Will Follow”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

ESV: Straight through the Bible
October 21: Mark 14

ESV: Straight through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 8:56


Mark 14 Mark 14 (Listen) The Plot to Kill Jesus 14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” Jesus Anointed at Bethany 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,1 as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii2 and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Judas to Betray Jesus 10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him. The Passover with the Disciples 12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Institution of the Lord's Supper 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the3 covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane 32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”4 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant5 of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled. A Young Man Flees 51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. Jesus Before the Council 53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council6 were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”7 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows. Peter Denies Jesus 66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway8 and the rooster crowed.9 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.10 Footnotes [1] 14:3 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 [2] 14:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [3] 14:24 Some manuscripts insert new [4] 14:34 Or keep awake; also verses 37, 38 [5] 14:47 Or bondservant [6] 14:55 Greek Sanhedrin [7] 14:60 Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you? [8] 14:68 Or forecourt [9] 14:68 Some manuscripts omit and the rooster crowed [10] 14:72 Or And when he had thought about it, he wept (ESV)

ESV: Chronological
October 21: Mark 14

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 8:56


Mark 14 Mark 14 (Listen) The Plot to Kill Jesus 14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” Jesus Anointed at Bethany 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,1 as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii2 and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Judas to Betray Jesus 10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him. The Passover with the Disciples 12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Institution of the Lord's Supper 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the3 covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane 32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”4 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant5 of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled. A Young Man Flees 51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. Jesus Before the Council 53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council6 were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”7 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows. Peter Denies Jesus 66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway8 and the rooster crowed.9 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.10 Footnotes [1] 14:3 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 [2] 14:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [3] 14:24 Some manuscripts insert new [4] 14:34 Or keep awake; also verses 37, 38 [5] 14:47 Or bondservant [6] 14:55 Greek Sanhedrin [7] 14:60 Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you? [8] 14:68 Or forecourt [9] 14:68 Some manuscripts omit and the rooster crowed [10] 14:72 Or And when he had thought about it, he wept (ESV)

Victory Life KY
Ambassadors III

Victory Life KY

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 54:48


2 Corinthians 5:14-15,17-21,NKJV- For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15, and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.17,Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18,Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20, Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21, For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Philippians reminds us, we are citizens of Heaven. I'm just wondering how many of us go through humanity, confident that Heaven is our destination, grateful Jesus made us righteous, but give little consideration to the world God says we're currently citizens of. We get so consumed with this portion of what we call life but leave the Kingdom this distant, future reality. Remember, Jesus told us to put the Kingdom of Heaven first. He knows that when we do this, God will open doors and surround us with His favor. As His ambassadors, He will position us for influence. Psalm 18, He arms us with strength, gives us victory, enlarges our path, making us great. He will deliver us from the strivings of people, putting us in leadership roles in society. His original design was and is, “Let them have dominion.” 2 Chronicles 16:9,NKJV- For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  Something I think we might still struggle with, God is Sovereign. Which means, “Let them have dominion” hasn't changed, because He doesn't change. This is why He's constantly looking for His sons and daughters, heirs to the Kingdom to be His ambassadors in the earth. And I get it, putting the unseen world above what we see can be a challenge. And most definitely requires sacrifice. Romans 8:28-30,NKJV-  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. And I realize, because of our enemy's constant distractions, vision drift can set in. Let's face it, it's just easier to accept Him as Savior than Lord. The enemy knows that if he's even the slightest bit successful, this world will dictate our decisions and actions, limiting our authority and influence. This is why Ephesians makes it very clear, “Give no place to the devil” And even though Chronicles tells us God is looking for loyalty, without revelation of who Jesus actually is to us, that loyalty will be nothing more than religious practice.  Matthew 16:15-16,NKJV- He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And on Peter's revelation of who Christ is, Jesus gave him the keys to the Kingdom.Keys represent, access, possession, and authority. Our ambassadorship hinges on this reality, who do you say that He is? You remember, Jesus told us us to pray, the Father's will be done on earth as it is in heaven? As His church today, our role is to be an extension of the Kingdom. To exercise authority, demonstrating God's government. The thing is, it was never His plan for it to be reduced to what we do within the walls of what we've concluded is the church. We come together for fellowship, unity, worship, inspiration, edification and equipping. But we actually become the church when we go out. Ephesians 4:11-16,NKJV- And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, 12, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ,16, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. From God's perspective, in our new nature, we are seated with Christ in Heaven, but in our humanity, just like Jesus when He was on the planet in a body, was our example, and now we're assigned to finish what He started. This is why He gave us the keys to the Kingdom. But when we refuse to step into our role, not only do we undermine God's government, we actually give place to the enemy. Let's go back to what Jesus told us concerning His Kingdom. Matthew 6:24,33,NIV- No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. He knows that whatever we prioritize is what will shape how we live. Throughout Jesus' short time here He spend a large portion of His ministry teaching and revealing the Kingdom of God. But like most of us today, even His closest followers had issues with what many refer to as the "mysteries of the Kingdom." It was such as issue that after His resurrection, He came back and spent another month with them going over Kingdom realities. Acts 1:3,AMP- To these men He also showed Himself alive after His suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross, by a series of many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God. Something every disciple has to come to terms with concerning the realities of the Kingdom of God, and that is that we can only function to the level of our current revelation. Remember, who do you say that I am? But because of free will, not to mention the deception of our enemy, kingdom realities becoming a priority don't always make the cut. Think about it for a second, it's our priorities that define us. When we neglect to put the things of the Kingdom first; Ephesians shows us that we remain children tossed in different directions. So the enemy works relentlessly from within the church, many times under the deception of religion, keeping us divided. I believe we're having this talk because God's raising up disciple that will dare to believe that all things are possible. That will make the choice to seek first the Kingdom of God. Let's remember, God told us if you seek Me you will find Me. And it's not like He's hiding. It's just that He's in a different Kingdom, a different world, what most believers call the spirit. And I get it, it's difficult to practice putting a world first that we can't see, when we're constantly putting the one we can first. And it's absolutely understandable, there's a lot of Christians that just want to live a good life and go to Heaven. And because of God's amazing grace you can. But, what if our King is actually counting on us being ambassadors for Him while we're here? Colossians 3:17,MSG-  Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. And God's plan from the beginning is for His government to be established in the earth through His body, the church. Luke 17:20-21,NKJV- Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or see there! For indeed, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. Is it possible that God created a life for us where everything we need in this earth is independent of the current world we live in? What if Jesus is right? What if all we have to do is seek the Kingdom of God first? Christians need to realize Jesus isn't telling us we have to live a certain way out of some religious, legalistic obligation;  He's trying to get us to understand, kind of like a fish out of water, we can't live in two worlds. As He said, even though we're still in this one, we are no longer of it. What if this is the place God is talking about where all things are possible? Remember, as new creations, citizens of His world, ambassadors called by Him, we're built to live a different way.   

The Illuminated Word
Tuesday 10/19/21 I Am He John 18:1-11

The Illuminated Word

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 9:53


Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested in the garden of Gethsemane.

CGM Presents: Wives In the Word Podcast
Episode 3, "In the Garden" Series 9, "Empowered Through Jesus, Our Living Hope"

CGM Presents: Wives In the Word Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 13:37


Episode 3, “In the Garden”Today, we will answer the question, “Why did Jesus pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and not somewhere else before he was arrested?”Hello and welcome to Episode 3, in our new series “Empowered Through Christ, Our Living Hope.” In this series we are looking at how Jesus empowered men and women. My name is Stephanie Wright. Thank you for joining us today. It's time to go “In the Garden.”If you would like to be a guest on our podcast email us at: cgmpresents@gmail.com We can be reached on Facebook at CGM Podcast International and our handle for Twitter and Instagram is @cgmissions, and  for YouTube is cgmissions. CGM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations may be sent through CashApp to: $cgmissions

Jefferson Street Baptist Church's Podcast
Lessons from Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)

Jefferson Street Baptist Church's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 37:23


Sermons from Grace Cathedral
The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD

Sermons from Grace Cathedral

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 15:46


San Francisco's Beautiful Ugly Truth “[W]however wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all” (Mk. 10). How do you know if Christianity is true? Proving that there is a personal God or heaven, the trinity or the divinity of Christ might be difficult. Arguing that our religion is the best religion seems silly. I'd much rather hear about what I can learn from other religions than debate their relative deficiencies. Instead I want to ask about perhaps the central teaching in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is talking about status and its meaning in our life. Quite simply is it better for us as individuals and a society when people use power to dominate others, or should they act in Jesus' words like “servants.” This question concerns every aspect of our social life. You can see it built into our material world. I want to begin with two things I love about San Francisco and what they say about our history. The first is Victorian houses. Between 1850 and 1900 about 40,000 of them were built in San Francisco.[i] The writer Thomas Aidala writes that the, “city was put together out of buildings that roar with fun, that never… take themselves so seriously that they forget to smile.”[ii] Victorian houses were built using the latest technology.[iii] They were thoroughly modern and made to look old. They were mostly sold to working and middle class people. Despite all the changes in real estate markets they still feel like eccentric mansions for ordinary people. Another thing I love about San Francisco are the Sutro Baths out at Lands End.[iv] Adolf Sutro loved watching the waves at Fisherman's Cove and in 1884 he built a living 100 foot by 100 foot aquarium. By 1887 it could be emptied of 250,000 gallons of water in five minutes. In 1888 Sutro started running a steam train (that started from the corner of Presidio and California). It cost a nickel (compared to the 20 cent Southern Pacific line).[v] The Sutro Baths opened for bathing in 1896. At 500 feet long and 354 feet wide with six saltwater tanks, it was the largest indoor swimming complex in the world. Sutro had a passion for, “making amenities affordable for the common” person.[vi] But initially they excluded black people. After John Harris won a law suit in 1897 everyone was welcome.[vii] There could be as many as 8,000 visitors on a weekend day. The whole thing burned down in June 1966, but even the ruins are beautiful and available to everyone. My point is that an idea is built into this place. Even in the past we had more millionaires here than other cities, but back then people understood that radical differences in wealth destabilized community and made it harder for the ones who served others to be respected. They wanted to make the really good things in life available to everyone. I understand that our experience of inequality in this particular place is affected by markets, property arrangements and tax codes beyond our control. But something is missing at the heart of our experience of San Francisco today. The force of our gospel gets obscured because we do not know the full context of the story (which begins with Mk. 10:32). Jesus is walking along ahead of everyone. Mark explains that they are amazed and also afraid. Jesus takes his twelve closest friends aside and tells them exactly what is going to happen to him, that he will be condemned and then tortured to death. Then in the next sentence James and John, the two brothers who with Peter constitute Jesus' inmost circle, ask to be seated next to Jesus in his “glory.” We the hearers know the irony of this request because Jesus will be crucified. Despite being plainly told they still do not understand. This scene in which Jesus 1. tells the disciples what will happen to him, 2. they misunderstand and 3. Jesus tries to teach them, is repeated three times. To further emphasize the disciple's refusal to see, these three scenes take place sequentially between two stories about Jesus healing blind people.[viii] The cross, a suffering messiah who dies for the people, a new way to be human in which we no longer try to dominate others but serve them instead – this is hard for them and for us. On Saturday night we saw the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. In the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus longs for his friends to be with him they wear headphones and sleep through his moment of need. This seems like the nearly universal response to him. Jesus gives his life as a ransom for many, so that we can be free. Jesus tries to show us how to be free from the constant preoccupation with status that destroys our life. And the cross, that cynical instrument of torture and death, cannot obscure this truth. The nations have rulers who lord it over them. Their great ones are tyrants. “But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant” (Mk. 10). Humans are not the only ones consumed by questions about status. Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky studies how various other primates (but particularly baboons) “lord it over” each other.[ix] Through MRI studies he concludes, that primates are, “fantastically attuned to status differences.” We perceive these differences subconsciously, in less time than it takes to blink our eye.[x] High levels of inequality make us less likely to believe that other people can be trusted, less inclined to join groups. Inequality erodes social capital which is the trust, reciprocity and cooperation that we need to live together in peace. High inequality makes us treat each other more poorly.[xi] Those people who scientists of have studied and who especially value prestige and power seem less able to care about those who are less fortunate.[xii] Furthermore lower socioeconomic status has an immensely detrimental effect on our health. It's not just that the poor have bad health and everyone else is doing equally well. Every step down the ladder means worse health. This is not just because poor people have less access to healthcare. This phenomenon can be observed even in countries with socialized medicine. He concludes that the problem is that “the psychological stress” of having a low socioeconomic status is what decreases health.[xiii] Sapolsky concludes writing, “When humans invented material inequality, they came up with a way of subjugating the low ranking like nothing ever before seen in the primate world.”[xiv] I began by asking how we know if Christianity is true. A central part of the Gospel of Mark has to do with the role that status plays in our life. We are like the headphone wearing disciples. We cannot hear because we cannot imagine what it would be like to really be free of our attachment to status and power. But Jesus persists in calling us back home to God. He warns us that our preoccupation with status damages us as a society and as individuals. Learning to put others first is how we realize this promise of freedom. This is not at all easy. We are entangled in so many contradictions. But church can help us to live in this new reality. We offer each other the chance to really act as if every single person has infinite value as a child of God, as if Jesus gave his life even for that person who irritates us most. On 1 April 1989 there was a funeral in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, of the Empress Zita of Austria/Hungary, the widow of the last Emperor Charles 1 who died 70 years before. She was 96. It was a two hour service with 6000 people. They sang Mozart's Requiem. Then they went to the church of the Capuchins – the burial place of the Hapsburgs. When the procession arrived, the doors were closed. The chamberlain knocked three times and one of the friars inside called out: “Who requests entry?” The reply was formidable and spoke of a vanished Europe. “Her Majesty Zita, Empress of Austria, crowned Queen of Hungary, Queen of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galizia, Illyria, Queen of Jerusalem, Archduchess of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Cracow, Duchess of Lorraine, Salzburg – the list went with over twenty more titles. There then followed her orders which were not modest. After all this the friar replied, “We do not know her. Who requires entry?” “Her Majesty Zita, Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary.” Again the reply came, “We do not know her. Who requires entry?” This time the chamberlain replied: “Our sister Zita, a poor mortal sinner.” And the gates were thrown open.[xv] There is a desire in our hearts to live in equality which I see built into the landscape of this city. But still we lose ourselves in our own ego. We hunger for recognition in a way that set us at odds with others. And yet the gates of this Cathedral are thrown open for us. I have always loved the “Brotherhood Window” in the South Transept. James and John, the brothers who were so blind to Jesus' teachings and infuriated their fellow disciples are actually honored in the window at Jesus' right and left hand. What they wanted was misguided and showed their ignorance and yet somehow their dream was realized two thousand years later in this Cathedral in a faraway land that they had never heard of. May the impossible contradictions of our life find resolution in God's holiness. Let us Pray: Dear God, give us peace in the restless slumber of our egotism. When the thought of you wakes in our hearts, let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies away in dismay but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile. Amen.

Bethel Baptist Church
John: The Son Glorifies the Father

Bethel Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 44:25


Scripture Reading: John 12:27-36a John does not record the scene in Gethsemane when Jesus prayed the night before His crucifixion, but this passage captures the same emotions Jesus had as He faced His work on the cross. Jesus is ever aware that He has come to the earth, taking on human flesh, to do the will of the Father who sent Him. Here Jesus prays, "Father, glorify your name." God the Father responds with the declaration, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again" (Jn 12:28). We see here the truth that God, Himself, is committed to the glory of God. In this passage the cross of Christ glorifies God in at least three ways. First, the cross of Christ is the basis of judgment on the world. "Now is the judgment of this world" (Jn 12:31). The death of Jesus is the dividing line between the justified and the condemned. Second, the cross of Christ is the basis for the judgment of Satan. "Now the ruler of this world will be cast out" (Jn 12:31). The cross is the decisive defeat of the devil. The blood of the lamb stripped Satan of his one condemning weapon, our unforgiven sin. Third, the cross of Christ is the means of drawing people from every tribe to Himself. "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" (Jn 12:32). This 'all' is not all individuals without exception, but all people without distinction.

Sermon Audio – Cross of Grace

Mark 10:35-45James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” Jesus said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” They answered him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism with which I have been baptized. But to sit at my right hand or my left is not mine to decide. It is for those for whom it has been prepared.”When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they regard as their rulers lord it over them; and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you. For whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant. And whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve; and to give his life a ransom for many.”I often feel like Jesus regrets some of the things he says sometimes. Like that time he said, “Ask, and it will be given to you…” Or when he said, “everyone who asks receives...” Or, that time he promised, “I will do whatever you ask in my name…”Because James and John, the Sons of Zebedee, really take him up on that kind of thing this morning, don't they? They sound like a couple of the most spoiled-rotten kids you ever met, in this Gospel, right? They are selfish and entitled and not even trying to hide it. They're the kind of entitled that has no shame. They don't even know they should try to hide it. And I want to be mad at them for that, like the other ten disciples were, but maybe I shouldn't blame them. Maybe they were just taking Jesus up on his offer, holding him to his word when they ask, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” There's no hemming and hawing… there's no beating around the bush… there's no bargaining, even, as far as we can tell. “Teacher, we want you to do for us … whatever we ask of you.”And we can't tell it from here, but I imagine Jesus must be a little exasperated by it. “What is it you want me to do for you?” he asks them back. And when they request the best seats in the kingdom – when they tell him they want to be front and center on the other side of God's heaven – Jesus tells them they don't understand what it is they're talking about; that they really have no idea what they're asking for.See, when Jesus says they will “drink the cup” that he drinks, and “be baptized with the baptism with which he's been baptized,” he's not talking only about the cup of wine they'll share at the table of the Last Supper sometime soon – as if they could have known that was even coming. No, the cup he's really talking about is the one he prays about in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest and crucifixion. (“Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass from me.”) It was a cup full of suffering and struggle he wasn't sure even he could drink, in all its fullness.And the baptism he's talking about isn't just that holy moment in the river with his cousin, John the Baptist, when he came up from the water, when the dove descended, and when the voice from heaven declared him to be God's beloved Son. All of that was and would be part of it. But James and John didn't know, they couldn't imagine – or had forgotten about – the temptation that followed the beauty of that moment in the river and, of course, the promised suffering and death that were to come along with that baptism, too. Just like James and John, none of this is what we always want to hear. None of this is how the world operates. All of this is summed up in the promise we heard last week, in the scripture just before this one, when Jesus tells the disciples that “many who are first will be last and the last will be first.” Because a front row seat in God's kingdom means becoming a servant. Glory is achieved by becoming a slave. It means heading to the end of the line. It means giving more than you take; sharing more than you ask for yourself; not being served, but serving. Those sitting at the right and at the left of Jesus, “in his glory,” remember, were a couple of criminals – convicted, crucified, and condemned to die, just like he did, on the cross at Calvary. Maximilian Kolbe I just recently read about a man named Maximilian Kolbe who was born in Poland in 1894, and who, after experiencing a vision of the Virgin Mary at the age of 12, signed up for a life of humility, purity, holiness, and martyrdom. (What were you doing when you were 12?)Anyway, Kolbe eventually became a Franciscan friar, earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and built monasteries in Japan and India. And when the Nazis invaded Poland, Kolbe was told he could earn enhanced rights and social privileges – that he could get a better seat, move to the front of the line, you might say – in exchange for signing a document that acknowledged his German heritage, which he refused to do. He also refused to stop publishing religious texts, books, and essays, which were critical of Hitler and the Nazis and their evil, oppressive regime.Eventually, he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Auschwitz, where he continued to live out his calling to purity, love, compassion, and all the rest – for which he suffered mightily.In July, 1941, ten prisoners escaped from Auschwitz and, in order to deter more of that in the future, ten other prisoners were chosen to be deliberately starved to death in an underground bunker. When one of those ten protested that he had a wife and children, Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take his place – and to receive his punishment, instead.According to witnesses, Maximilian Kolbe led the condemned men in regular prayer throughout their punishment, starvation, and demise in that bunker. And Kolbe, himself, lasted for two weeks of that torture and was the last of the condemned men to die, requiring, ultimately, a lethal injection which – again, according to witnesses – he accepted peaceably with courage and grace.We want to be first, but we think that means being the fastest. We want to know peace and comfort, but we think that means having more power and money and stuff. We want to walk more closely with Jesus but we're not always willing to follow where he leads. We want to be successful, but we use all the wrong measuring sticks to determine what that means for ourselves.What Jesus shows us, and what people like Maximilian Kolbe lived, is what it looks like to serve rather than to be served; to choose others over and above ourselves; to give instead of take; to find victory in loss; to become a slave, a suffering servant like we heard about from the prophet Isaiah a minute ago.What Jesus shows us, and what Maximilian Kolbe learned and lived in ways I can't fathom, is that to sit at the right hand of Jesus isn't just a position to which we will be promoted someday. To sit at the right hand of Jesus is a position to which each and every one of us is called to experience, somehow, right where we live, on this side of heaven. This is where we are called to drink the cup. Here is where we're invited to live out the calling of our baptism.And as hard as that is sometimes. As much courage and faith and generosity and sacrifice as that may invite us to at times, we are blessed with this God – in Jesus – who never calls us to something God hasn't already done, first, for our sake: to give generously … to sacrifice … to suffer … to die, even.And that's Jesus invitation to James and John – and to each of us, too – as we live in the strange pull between the Kingdom of God and this world that surrounds us. And there are a million ways we can practice answering the call of our baptism that don't look anything like starvation and martyrdom in a Nazi death-camp, thanks be to God.I think it means giving away our money. I think it means helping refugees. I think it means building homes in Haiti, helping the Sonrise Bible Study, serving as a Stephen Minister. I think it means saying “I'm sorry,” and proving it. I think it means saying “I forgive you,” and meaning it. I think it means cleaning the bathrooms at church, mowing the lawn at church, and doing yard work around the church. I think it means working in the nursery and teaching Sunday School at church, too. I think it means sitting with the lonely kid in the cafeteria or picking the last kid, first, on the playground some of the time, too.Because we are called to be servants. We are called not to ask “what can I get?”, but “what can I give?,” instead, and “how much?” and, “to whom?” … like Jesus did when he climbed onto a cross and out of a tomb and into our hearts so that we would share the grace of God in as many ways as we can manage – and so that, through sharing it – humbly, selflessly, generously, without hope for worldly gain, recognition, or reward – we might experience God's kind of glory most fully ourselves – and for the benefit and blessing of somebody else, in Jesus' name.Amen

Fr. Kubicki’s 2 Minute Prayer Reflection – Relevant Radio
Father Kubicki – Prayer Reflections October 17, 2021

Fr. Kubicki’s 2 Minute Prayer Reflection – Relevant Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 2:00


In the gospel at Mass today, two of Jesus’ closest friends, the brothers James and John who were there at Jesus’ transfiguration, and again at the Garden of Gethsemane, during His agony, bring a request to Jesus. All show notes at Father Kubicki – Prayer Reflections October 17, 2021 - This podcast produced by Relevant Radio

Today's Catholic Mass Readings
Today's Catholic Mass Readings Saturday, October 16, 2021

Today's Catholic Mass Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021


Full Text of ReadingsSaturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 472All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Saint Margaret Mary AlacoqueMargaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus. Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation. “The heaviest of my crosses was that I could do nothing to lighten the cross my mother was suffering.” After considering marriage for some time, Margaret Mary entered the Order of the Visitation nuns at the age of 24. A Visitation nun was “not to be extraordinary except by being ordinary,” but the young nun was not to enjoy this anonymity. A fellow novice termed Margaret Mary humble, simple, and frank, but above all, kind and patient under sharp criticism and correction. She could not meditate in the formal way expected, though she tried her best to give up her “prayer of simplicity.” Slow, quiet, and clumsy, she was assigned to help an infirmarian who was a bundle of energy. On December 21, 1674, three years a nun, she received the first of her revelations. She felt “invested” with the presence of God, though always afraid of deceiving herself in such matters. The request of Christ was that his love for humankind be made evident through her. During the next 13 months, Christ appeared to her at intervals. His human heart was to be the symbol of his divine-human love. By her own love Margaret Mary was to make up for the coldness and ingratitude of the world—by frequent and loving Holy Communion, especially on the first Friday of each month, and by an hour's vigil of prayer every Thursday night in memory of his agony and isolation in Gethsemane. He also asked that a feast of reparation be instituted. Like all saints, Margaret Mary had to pay for her gift of holiness. Some of her own sisters were hostile. Theologians who were called in declared her visions delusions and suggested that she eat more heartily. Later, parents of children she taught called her an impostor, an unorthodox innovator. A new confessor, the Jesuit Claude de la Colombière, recognized her genuineness and supported her. Against her great resistance, Christ called her to be a sacrificial victim for the shortcomings of her own sisters, and to make this known. After serving as novice mistress and assistant superior, Margaret Mary died at the age of 43, while being anointed. She said: “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.” Reflection Our scientific-materialistic age cannot “prove” private revelations. Theologians, if pressed, admit that we do not have to believe in them. But it is impossible to deny the message Margaret Mary heralded: that God loves us with a passionate love. Her insistence on reparation and prayer and the reminder of final judgment should be sufficient to ward off superstition and superficiality in devotion to the Sacred Heart while preserving its deep Christian meaning. Click here for prayers to the Sacred Heart! Saint of the Day Copyright Franciscan Media

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Says “Self-Denial” Is Required of Jesus Followers: “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 1:00


Jesus Says “Self-Denial” Is Required of Jesus Followers: “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" MESSAGE SUMMARY: In a time in which we hear so much about self-help, self-image, and self-actualization, Jesus is saying self-denial is the way to life. Jesus tells us, in Matthew 16:24, that self-denial is a key element in following Him: “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'". “Taking up one's cross” means to die to self-ambitions. When we die to our self-ambitious and put them on the cross, Jesus' life moves through us: “Not my will but Thy will.”. By denying self, we become alive in Jesus; and His Spirit flows through us – we experience eternal life and abundant life.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, everything in me resists following you into the garden of Gethsemane to fall on my face to the ground before you. Grant me the courage to follow you all the way to the cross, whatever that might mean for my life. And then, by your grace, lead me to resurrection life and power. In Jesus' name, amen.   Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 100). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be ashamed of the Gospel. I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (including me). (From Romans 1:16). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 16:24; Mathew 10:38-39; Galatians 6:14-17; Psalms 141:1-10. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Put God First and All Else Will Follow”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Generations Church Messages
The Gospel of John | Part 14

Generations Church Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021


Check out the podcast from Sunday, October 10, 2021 as Pastor Brian continues his series on "The Gospel of John." The gospel of John was the last of the gospels to be recorded but it emerges as the most unique of all the gospel writings. This week, Pastor Brian spoke on John, Chapter 17, Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane.

ESV: Chronological
October 13: Matthew 26

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 9:29


Matthew 26 Matthew 26 (Listen) The Plot to Kill Jesus 26 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” Jesus Anointed at Bethany 6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,1 7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” Judas to Betray Jesus 14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. The Passover with the Disciples 17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.2 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Institution of the Lord's Supper 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the3 covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial 30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane 36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch4 with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.5 See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.”6 Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant7 of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council 57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council8 were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”9 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Peter Denies Jesus 69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. Footnotes [1] 26:6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 [2] 26:20 Some manuscripts add disciples [3] 26:28 Some manuscripts insert new [4] 26:38 Or keep awake; also verses 40, 41 [5] 26:45 Or Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? [6] 26:50 Or Friend, why are you here? [7] 26:51 Or bondservant [8] 26:59 Greek Sanhedrin [9] 26:62 Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you? (ESV)

Today's Catholic Mass Readings
Today's Catholic Mass Readings Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Today's Catholic Mass Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021


Full Text of ReadingsWednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 469All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Blessed Marie-Rose DurocherCanada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher's life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only 44 years before. She was born in a little village near Montreal in 1811, the 10th of 11 children. She had a good education, was something of a tomboy, rode a horse named Caesar, and could have married well. At 16, she felt the desire to become a religious, but was forced to abandon the idea because of her weak constitution. At 18, when her mother died, her priest brother invited Marie-Rose and their father to come to his parish in Beloeil, not far from Montreal. For 13 years, Marie-Rose served as housekeeper, hostess, and parish worker. She became well-known for her graciousness, courtesy, leadership, and tact; she was, in fact, called “the saint of Beloeil.” Perhaps she was too tactful during two years when her brother treated her coldly. When Marie-Rose was 29, Bishop Ignace Bourget—who would be a decisive influence in her life—became bishop of Montreal. He faced a shortage of priests and sisters and a rural population that had been largely deprived of education. Like his counterparts in the United States, Bishop Bourget scoured Europe for help, and himself founded four communities, one of which was the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Its first sister and reluctant co-foundress was Marie-Rose Durocher. As a young woman, Marie-Rose had hoped there would someday be a community of teaching sisters in every parish, never thinking she would found one. But her spiritual director, Oblate of Mary Immaculate Father Pierre Telmon, after thoroughly—and severely—leading her in the spiritual life, urged her to found a community herself. Bishop Bourget concurred, but Marie-Rose shrank from the prospect. She was in poor health and her father and brother needed her. Finally Marie-Rose agreed, and with two friends, Melodie Dufresne and Henriette Cere, entered a little home in Longueuil, across the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal. With them were 13 young girls already assembled for boarding school. Longueuil became her Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Gethsemane. Marie-Rose was 32 and would live only six more years—years filled with poverty, trials, sickness, and slander. The qualities she had nurtured in her “hidden” life came forward—a strong will, intelligence and common sense, great inner courage, and yet a great deference to directors. Thus was born an international congregation of women religious dedicated to education in the faith. Marie-Rose was severe with herself and by today's standards quite strict with her sisters. Beneath it all, of course, was an unshakable love of her crucified Savior. On her deathbed, the prayers most frequently on her lips were “Jesus, Mary, Joseph! Sweet Jesus, I love you. Jesus, be to me Jesus!” Before she died, Marie-Rose smiled and said to the sister with her, “Your prayers are keeping me here—let me go.” Marie-Rose Durocher was beatified in 1982. Her liturgical feast is celebrated on October 6. Reflection We have seen a great burst of charity, a genuine interest in the poor. Countless Christians have experienced a deep form of prayer. But penance? We squirm when we read of terrible physical penance done by people like Marie-Rose Durocher. That is not for most people, of course. But the pull of a materialistic culture oriented to pleasure and entertainment is impossible to resist without some form of deliberate and Christ-conscious abstinence. That is part of the way to answer Jesus' call to repent and turn completely to God. Enjoy this list of popular patron saints! Saint of the Day Copyright Franciscan Media

Morning Watch Prayercast

"When we do what we do for God's Glory it becomes so natural that we don't realize that we are doing what we do." Hsys 

Bethel Baptist Church
John: The Son Glorifies the Father

Bethel Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 45:58


Scripture Reading: John 12:27-36a John does not record the scene in Gethsemane when Jesus prayed the night before His crucifixion, but this passage captures the same emotions Jesus had as He faced His work on the cross. Jesus is ever aware that He has come to the earth, taking on human flesh, to do the will of the Father who sent Him. Here Jesus prays, "Father, glorify your name." God the Father responds with the declaration, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again" (Jn 12:28). We see here the truth that God, Himself, is committed to the glory of God. In this passage the cross of Christ glorifies God in at least three ways. First, the cross of Christ is the basis of judgment on the world. "Now is the judgment of this world" (Jn 12:31). The death of Jesus is the dividing line between the justified and the condemned. Second, the cross of Christ is the basis for the judgment of Satan. "Now the ruler of this world will be cast out" (Jn 12:31). The cross is the decisive defeat of the devil. The blood of the lamb stripped Satan of his one condemning weapon, our unforgiven sin. Third, the cross of Christ is the means of drawing people from every tribe to Himself. "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" (Jn 12:32). This 'all' is not all individuals without exception, but all people without distinction.  

Christ PCA Temecula
Drinking the Cup (Matthew 26:36-46) - Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom

Christ PCA Temecula

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 29:02


Descending further down the path leading to the cross, Jesus leaves the upper room to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. This scene reveals Jesus' heart for sinners and invites us to behold the goodness, beauty, and love of our Savior and comforts...

Alastair's Adversaria
Biblical Reading and Reflections: October 9th (Psalm 102 & Matthew 26:31-56)

Alastair's Adversaria

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 16:21


Psalm 102. Jesus in Gethsemane. My reflections are searchable by Bible chapter here: https://audio.alastairadversaria.com/explore/. If you are interested in supporting this project, please consider supporting my work on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/zugzwanged), using my PayPal account (https://bit.ly/2RLaUcB), or buying books for my research on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/36WVSWCK4X33O?ref_=wl_share). You can also listen to the audio of these episodes on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/alastairs-adversaria/id1416351035?mt=2.

30 Minutes In The New Testament
Mark 14:12-42 (Episode 233)

30 Minutes In The New Testament

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 29:23


Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples and institutes the Lord's Supper. They are told they will soon all abandon Jesus, but Peter pushes back. Jesus prays in Gethsemane under great distress while his disciples struggle to stay awake. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen! 1517 Podcast Network Regional Event in Las Vegas 1517 YouTube Donate

Solid Joys Daily Devotional
Jesus's Pursuit of Joy

Solid Joys Daily Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 3:01


What sustained Christ in the dark hours of Gethsemane was the hope of joy beyond the cross.

The Call to Mastery with Jordan Raynor
I'm giving away a trip to the Holy Land!

The Call to Mastery with Jordan Raynor

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 4:33


My new book, Redeeming Your Time, won't be released until October 19, but today I'm announcing an epic incentive for you to pre-order the book: I'm giving away a trip for two to the Holy Land (or a cash prize of equivalent value)!Why the Holy Land? Because Redeeming Your Time is centered around 7 timeless time management principles from the life of Christ and 30+ hyper-practical practices to help us live out those principles today, ensuring that we can all walk like Jesus walked. So, I thought, how awesome would it be to give one of you (plus the guest of your choice!) a chance to visit the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked!? So that's exactly what I'm doing!Now, I know many of us are not comfortable traveling internationally right now. That's why I'm giving the winner of this sweepstakes three years to book their trip to Jerusalem! Still not comfortable traveling to the Holy Land? No worries. If you win, you can choose to receive the equivalent cash value of the trip instead.Entering to win is super simple:Step 1: Pre-order Redeeming Your Time on Amazon or one of these other retailers (1 entry per copy, maximum of 3 entries)Step 2: Fill out the form at JordanRaynor.comWhat will you see on the trip?You'll visit the place of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, the site of his crucifixion, and the Garden Tomb that he broke through that first Easter Sunday. You'll see where Jesus turned water into wine, stand on the Mount of Beatitudes, and walk through the Garden of Gethsemane. You'll cruise on the same Sea of Galilee that Jesus sailed with his disciples, stand where David slayed Goliath, see the Dead Sea Scrolls and so much more.What's included in the giveaway?An 8-day guided tour of the Holy Land led by Globus, one of the world's largest, oldest, and most reputable tour companies All accommodations at excellent hotels in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem, each of which have 4 or more stars on TripAdvisorMost of your food during the tour (the tour company provides 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, and the freedom for you to choose your own dining options for the remaining meals)A $1,500 air voucher which will cover the vast majority of the cost of getting you and the guest of your choice to Tel Aviv where the tour beginsNO PURCHASE NEC. Restrictions apply. Visit jordanraynor.com for full rules, prize info, odds, free entry method & other details. Void where prohibited.