Fr. Mike discusses God's instruction to the people of Israel not to marry women from foreign lands. He explains why God would provide this instruction and how Ezra reacted when he discovered that many prominent Israelites had not obeyed it. He also identifies the prophecies of Palm Sunday and the thirty pieces of silver found in Zechariah. Today's readings are Ezra 9-10, Zechariah 9-11, and Proverbs 20:16-19. 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.
The word “curse” is overused and under comprehended. Cursing can mean using words that are not acceptable to repeat in public. To curse can mean to call upon a perceived other-worldly power for the purpose of harming someone or something. Cursing can also mean the expression of great disdain and loathing for people or things. In Part II of our 3-part Curses Series, we observed in great detail how to properly understand cursing, especially the curses of God in the Old Testament. Today we dive into curses in the New Testament to find the differences and similarities with the Old Testament. Several people “cursed” in the New Testament, including Jesus. What does it all mean to us here and now? Are curses real today and if so, what should we do? Jesus cursed! The idea that Jesus “cursed” people or things can be a disturbing one. To understand what is meant by this, it is important to focus on the usual areas of concern, definitions and context. The Jesus uses when he talks about curses is a convincing one. It means to “execrate” (to have great loathing for) by analogy, to doom. It comes from two Greek words that include a sense of calling down harm upon someone or something. In the pagan Greek and Roman culture of Jesus' day, this word would carry a sense of gods and magic being involved. In Jesus' case, it had everything to do with God's will and God's judgments. What about that fig tree? The day after Palm Sunday when Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, he saw a fig tree and proclaimed it to become fruitless from that day forward. The following morning the tree was withered. Jesus, by the power of God's spirit, “cursed” this tree to dramatically show that Israel (symbolically represented by the fig tree) would lose their favor with God, as they would reject and crucify Jesus. There are several other times Jesus uses this specific Greek word for curse. The Apostle Paul also wrote several times about curses. He referenced Israel and the “curse of the Law,” as well as referencing curses regarding Christians who misrepresent or walk away from the gospel. What did he mean? Check out our September 27, 2021 podcast, “Can Christians be Cursed and Curse Others?” Curses Series (Part III) for more. We carefully categorize which words for curse mean what so that we can understand the messages behind them. Also, we get practical for today's world. Directly confronting the idea of curses existing today, we lay out what that means for Christians. This is tougher than you might think, because there are many scary and erroneous views that have influence in Christian culture. Can Christians be cursed? Do Christians have the authority to curse others? These important questions can only be answered by comprehensively understanding what the Scriptures really teach. Join us as we uncover the Bible's truth on curses in the New Testament and what we as Christians need to know and do today!
Text: Luke 12:8-9 Series: “The Church Your New Pastor Deserves” I think it was back in high school that I was introduced to the award-winning novel by Ralph Ellison titled The Invisible Man. You may have been assigned that book as well as you were coming along. The plot, of course, revolves around a young African American man who goes about his life without anyone's acknowledgement so that his existence as a minority in a majority-ruled world is insignificant and irrelevant, so much so that to him, it seems as if he is “invisible.” Hence the title, The Invisible Man. When I was first introduced to the book, I found it hard to relate to. After all, as a white male from a privileged family in my small town, visibility wasn't a concern for me. Truth be told, I probably craved a bit more invisibility. But now that I'm a pastor of a church in a season of life where the larger society doesn't respect institutions in general and the church in particular, at least not like they once did, I see Ellison's point more clearly. It's no fun to find yourself in a place where no one seems to pay attention to you anymore. I'm not talking about finding yourself in a place where people disagree with you. At least then they would be paying attention. I'm talking about finding yourself in a place where others don't even value your existence so that for all intents and purposes to them you are invisible. It seems to me that the primary challenge every church must face in the coming days is the challenge of regaining its visibility – not so much the church regaining a position of prominence in larger society. I don't know if such a thing exists anymore, and I don't know if it was ever something the church should have ever sought to begin with. I'm referring more to the church's ability to regain a hearing in the cultural conversations that are taking place so that our message – the message of the good news of Jesus Christ – might turn hearts away from the narratives of despair that are keeping so many from the abundance that God in Christ wants everyone to know. This concern also seemed to have weighed heavily on Jesus' heart as speaks to his disciples, preparing them for God's future in general and God's Final Judgment in particular. One thing to note about the Gospels, they are not merely biographies of Jesus, like biographies we might read of other famous individuals. Certainly, they contain important facts about Jesus' life: where he was born, how he lived his life, the manner in which he died, and in Jesus' case, the way God brought him back to life. But more than offering us historical details of Jesus' life, the Gospels are first and foremost sermons, intended to instruct the church on how to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our world today. That's why when we read the Gospels in that light we see more clearly how as the church we might find our voice in a season when only bad news has the floor and be seen once again as a community of faith that exists not just for itself but for the betterment of all humankind. In this section of Luke's Gospel, or better I should say Luke's sermon, Jesus is teaching his disciples as a large crowd gathers around to listen in. It's the perfect setting for what Jesus has for his disciples to hear, given how they are surrounded by people who are desperate for a message that will lead them to life. “I tell you,” Jesus says to them. “Whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” Without question, Jesus was concerned that in due time his visibility would be in question, as this crowd, many of whom would hail him on Palm Sunday as the coming Messiah, would turn against him by that next Friday and press Pilate, the Roman governor, to crucify him. And how would his disciples handle that turn of events? Their willingness to proclaim Jesus would be the deciding factor. From its very inception the church has always been a community of proclamation. No one got that better than Luke, who in his first volume, the Gospel of Luke, has disciples going out post-Easter to announce the Gospel message – the women at the tomb, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the disciples in the upper room – “it is true! Jesus is not invisible! We have seen the Lord.” And in his second volume, the book of Acts, Luke tells of the Risen Jesus' instructions to those first believers that as they receive the Holy Spirit's power, they are to go forth as his witnesses, “to Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the world.” Such is still Jesus' command to the church – to acknowledge him before others, to make his Risen Presence known to this world, to stand with him and for him in a day when every poll that is taken on every matter has more and more people opting for “undecided” than anything else. In such a day, can you publicly acknowledge Jesus so that in the day of Judgment Jesus will also acknowledge you? The temptation so many churches face is to substitute programs for proclamation. Part of that impulse stems from their concern that they not come off as intrusive or overbearing, like that person you don't want to be like who always has to weigh in on every conversation, whether their opinion is wanted or not. And so, because these churches know they must find ways to connect with the larger culture, they decide to offer programs that they hope will meet desired needs in the community. I have nothing against programs per se. Programs are important. Activities are essential. Ministries do matter. But even then, those programs must serve the church's mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and representing that community of faith's commitment to elevating Jesus. Otherwise, they amount to nothing more than entertainment or baby-sitting or life-improvement skills – things you could just as easily get at the YMCA or civic club of your choice. What makes the church necessary is our readiness to point people to Jesus, which if done respectfully and humbly and graciously will always command a hearing, not because of who we are, but rather because of who Jesus is. So, let this church continue to be defined, even as we always have, more by what we say than what we offer. Let us recognize that the times have changed and whereas we once were able to rely on our strategic location and exemplary ministries to attract people, we now must become more missional, as we go out into this community to speak Jesus' joy into the despair and disillusionment that abound. We must name Jesus in our everyday conversations. We must live in such a way that our deeds give credibility to our witness. We must exude our Easter hope that because we serve a Risen Lord in every circumstance and situation, by siding with him a new world is always possible. Only then will Mountain Brook Baptist Church see people checking out what's going on in our most strategic location and finding fulfillment through their participation in our exemplary activities. More importantly, only then will we in the midst of all life's uncertainties know the blessed assurance that faith in Jesus provides and the perfect peace of knowing how in the Day of Judgment, because we have acknowledged him, Jesus in turn will acknowledge us. On that Day we will be visible and we will be validated and, praise God, we will be victorious. Luke 12:8-9
Dr Maria Vivod is an Ethnologist and anthropologist from Serbia, with an interest in Visual Anthropology. Today we discuss the subject of one of her short documentary films and accompanying paper “The Fairy Seers of Eastern Serbia” The fairy-seers of Southeastern Europe are usually women who fall into trance through dancing on special days in a year and are able to communicate with women-like creatures from the supernatural world. During the process of communication with the fairies the fairy-seers can prophesy future events. The fairy-seers also bring messages to the living from the behalf of their deceased relatives. Similarly, they can give advice about how to heal an ill individual or they can proceed to the treatment of the ill individual after consulting the fairies. These illnesses are usually a form of a fairy-illness – a disorder which has its origins in a curse or a spell of the human-offended fairies. The subject of the film we discuss is Ivanka, she is a Vlach woman from eastern Serbia. She sees her ‘sisters' since her early twenties and is able to communicate with them on three exact days of the Christian orthodox calendar: Epiphany, Palm Sunday, St.Peter's Day. This trance was Ivanka's last. You can find a link to the film in the show notes. In the Patreon Plus show we discuss Dr Vivod's own remarkable consultation with the Fairy Seer and the funeral rites of the Vlach people and the views of the relationship with spirits of the dead. Dr Vivod explains the process of curse removal through a process called ‘melting fear' and an extraordinary rite called a ‘Black Wedding' wherein the young who have passed before their time are symbolically married so they can wed on the other side. Show Notes: https://independent.academia.edu/MariaVivod https://www.academia.edu/video/lg4Vrk Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spiritbox TWITTER - https://twitter.com/spiritbox3 SUPPORT - https://www.patreon.com/spiritbox PODCAST - https://anchor.fm/spirit-box Music by Obliqka --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spirit-box/message
Full Text of ReadingsMemorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Lectionary: 445All 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 Our Lady of Sorrowsof Our Lady of Sorrows For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September. The principal biblical references to Mary's sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon's prediction about a sword piercing Mary's soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus' words from the cross to Mary and to the beloved disciple. Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary's sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment. Saint Ambrose in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son's wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed, but offered herself to her persecutors. Reflection John's account of Jesus' death is highly symbolic. When Jesus gives the beloved disciple to Mary, we are invited to appreciate Mary's role in the Church: She symbolizes the Church; the beloved disciple represents all believers. As Mary mothered Jesus, she is now mother to all his followers. Furthermore, as Jesus died, he handed over his Spirit. Mary and the Spirit cooperate in begetting new children of God—almost an echo of Luke's account of Jesus' conception. Christians can trust that they will continue to experience the caring presence of Mary and Jesus' Spirit throughout their lives and throughout history. Click here for more on the sorrows of Mary. Saint of the Day Copyright Franciscan Media
Part of the title for this episode, "Making and Ass Out of Rome," is borrowed from Warren Carter, who entitled the section on this passage in his commentary with those words.In this episode, I mention The Yes Men, modern tricksters who expose some of the more absurd and cruel aspects of capitalism. To find out more about them and see them in action, go to https://theyesmen.org/. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)
Why did the followers of Jesus line the streets with palms? This morning we will learn three powerful truths about the palm branch. First, palms are are sign that Christ is Victor. Second, the cutting down of branches is symbolic of giving Christ all our glory. Third, the palms represent that Jesus brought us back to the Garden Oasis in fellowship with Himself. Join us as we worship the Lord and shout Hosanna! The Lord truly is great and greatly to be praised!
Luke 19:29-49 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
Father Mattingly, Director of City on a Hill, is also the associate pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Kansas City, MO. In an effort to tap into the City on a Hill pillar of 'formation', we we will begin to record and share his Sunday homilies. Listen to this episode today, to prepare your heart to enter into Holy Week! Have you ever thought about the wounds of Christ in correlation with how quickly He is to offer forgiveness?
Palm Sunday – Jesus Our ChampionMark 11:2-10 “Go into the village opposite of you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?' say, ‘The Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here.” 4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”1. Behind the Palm Leaves, Jesus Could See the CrossHeb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of GodJesus didn't walk away, this entry was His declaration that He was the son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of our sinHe thought of you and me as He stepped closer to the crossJohn 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeWhen the people cried out “HOSANNA” they were crying out “Save please! Save we pray!” and “Thank you, salvation has come”Ps 118:25-26 Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord2. Praisers Turned Into Doubters – Don't Let the Doubts InHe was betrayed on Thursday, the people who praised him just four days before began to yell “crucify him”, and on Friday He was crucifiedDoubt will turn you from faith to fear and will rob your blessing2 Cor 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every placeEph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to standGal 6:7,9 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap… 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heartWhat have you sown for? What are you sowing for today? Hold on to the promises of God3. Get Ready, Cause Sunday's ComingJohn 11:25-27 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world”
In this Palm Sunday (yet Monday) episode of Mornings with Mel, Melissa Faisst walks us through how to deal with disappointment in our Walk with God.Because even in Jesus' day, the disciples and the people of Jerusalem were all able to praise Jesus when they seemed like things were going their way, but when God decided to do it differently than they all expected, they were disappointed and turn their back on Him. So if you are dealing with any disappointment with God and want to reorient your hope in Him, then this episode is for you!// The Mornings with Mel PodcastA Daily Devotional for Christians where every morning, Monday-Friday we open up the Bible together seeking to know God, love Jesus & live our life with Christ.Each day, your host, Melissa Faisst from Ronnie and Mel Ministries, will take you through a passage in the Bible, help you apply it to you life, and help you grow in your love for Jesus.We want to be ones with unshakeable faith, and that is only possible by knowing and spending time with our Savior Jesus Christ.So together, let's seek to know & love Him more each morning. Thanks for joining in with us here at the Mornings with Mel Podcast.And we would love to hear how this podcast is helping you in your walk with God, so make sure to let us know in the reviews.If you don't have a Bible for yourself, here are Mel's faves! For women & For men!For free Christian Resources to help you find God & walk with Jesus in your everyday life, make sure to check out our website or our YouTube Channel here!We are a non-profit and none of this would be possible without our ministry partners. So to give a tax-deductible gift to our ministry, you can support this podcast here!Make sure you are connected with us on Instagram at @ronnieandmel . And make sure to tag us in if you ever share this podcast!And be sure to check out our Christian Clothing & Lifestyle Brand MARKD Collective here!Also, if you are struggling & need help, click here to see if Christian Counseling may be right for you!Love & Blessings, Mel Support the show (https://ronnieandmel.com/giving)
The Sunday before Passover was the day when Jews would select a lamb to be sacrificed for their Passover celebration. Jesus chose this day to enter Jerusalem, among crowds waving palm branches and cheering, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Jesus knew what the crowds did not -- that in a few short days they would be cheering for him to be crucified.
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What does it mean to actually believe in God? Is it just stating you love Him and then living how you want, or does there need to be more with how we live? In part 12 of VERIFY JESUS, Pastor Josh shares from John chapter 12 at some of Jesus' final words days before going to the cross. The life that Jesus offers is better than anything we can imagine, if we choose to give Him our devotion and follow His direction. - Thanks for streaming our podcast! We hope you were encouraged. Sunrise Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in southern California led by Pastor Steve Garcia. Sunrise desires to see people BE ONE who is faithful to God, BRING ONE to a relationship with Jesus, and BUILD ONE to maturity in Christ. To learn more about Sunrise Church, visit sunrisechurch.org. - NEXT STEPS Looking to take your next step? We want to help! Text NEXT to 909-281-7797 or visit us at sunrisechurch.org/nextsteps. - FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunriseChurchCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunrisechurchca Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/SunriseChurch
The crowds call out expressions of desperation, "Save us now" and calling Jesus the "King of Israel." And as He looks upon the city of Jerusalem, He weeps, knowing that their reception of Him is superficial and momentary. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6iFjfgzzajleMLL2F99Rg/playlists Help Support: https://paypal.me/thekingdomproject Join the group: https://www.facebook.com/thekingdomprojectpodcast Email: email@example.com
Hello and welcome to the Easter 2021 Mini Series, preparing us to walk into Season 4-- a quest to discover, interact, and explore the characters of the first generation church; we're calling it GEN1 and consider these Scriptures we will read through this week a prologue to their stories to come. Happy Easter! This short mini series is simply the Holy Week story, with daily readings from the New Living Translation, broken up into 10 parts with a thoughtful prayer and question to consider for your day. May they be an encouragement to you as you are reminded of Jesus's journey to the cross and what that means for us today. Enjoy. Zech 9:9 - CLICK HERE & Luke 19:28-40 - CLICK HERE Question: In this portion of the text, we see the natural world contrasting the human world. Which one is most jarring to you and why-- the donkey colt submitting to be ridden? The palm branches torn from the tree and waving to a king? Or the idea of the stones crying out in cheer? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/podcastparables/support
Pastor Adam Montes"When we have false expectations of God, we develop the wrong view of God." This week we study the Palm Sunday story and see how important it is to not project our expectations onto God so that we have the right perspective of God. We should always remember that Jesus has a plan, He's near to us, and He saves.
Led by: Officiant: Mtr. Lisa Meirow, Old Testament: Fr. Wiley Ammons, New Testament: The Rev. Tim Baer, logo image by Antonio Allegretti, used by permission.
"They took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna!'" (Jn 12:13). A reflection by Jaime L. Waters. Didn't the past year feel like one, long season of Lent? Do we really need to observe Lent 2021? At America, we get it. That's why we're offering all new Lenten reflections each week to accompany you through this difficult period. Journey with America's editors as they reflect on Scripture, prayer, fasting and almsgiving both in written form and right here on “The Word” podcast. Visit: https://www.americamagazine.org/lent2021 Sign up for The Word e-newsletter here: https://americamagazine.org/wordnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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At the Procession with Palms: Mark 11:1-10 First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Mark 14:1--15:47 (Mark 14:1-9 read) --- Visit ashowerofrosespodcast.com for more! This episode brought to you by sockreligious.com. Use the code ROSES at check out for 10% off your order. This episode also brought to Hallow. Visit hallow.com/showerofroses for your FREE trial!