Sunday Night Thoughts

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Four Days in a Row

While we woke up to bright sunshine and a temp in the low 20’s, there was just a little snow on the ground, but about the time Sunday School started, the snow really started flying.  It marked the fourth day in a row we have had snow.  Now that’s not so unusual in December or January when the lake effect snow is flying, but it is April.  The good news is that the weatherman says, things should be turning around this week.

Kicking Up the Steps

This week, despite the weather, I was able to get in 5 quality runs.  Most days, I was bundled up, but for the first time in many weeks, I was able to get in 20 miles.  For the rest of the month, I need this many miles to match last April.  If I can do that, I should be well on the way to matching or beating last year.

A Sabbath Week

After several crazy weeks, this week we stepped back.  For one it was a partial break week for school, so I didn’t have as many bus runs.  It was nice to be able to take a little break.

This week we return back to normal, without the community events.  I am looking forward to our board meeting this week as we continue to discuss how we reach those in our community with the gospel.

We had a good service this morning as we celebrated around the Lord’s Table.  I preached a short message about communion from 1 John 1:1-4.  It was good not to have anything this afternoon.  That’s about it…have a great week!

 

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Living In the Light

pexels-photo-401107.jpegActs 4:32-35  •  Psalm 133  •   1 John 1:1-2:2  •  John 20:19-31

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

1 John 1:1-2:2 New Living Translation (NLT)


This morning we find ourselves in the opening paragraphs of 1 John.  The lectionary will take us through 1 John during the season of Easter.  I find it interesting that many times the texts from the Epistles after Easter are from eyewitnesses of the resurrection. Last year we looked at the writings of Peter and this year we will look at John.  John’s epistle opens much in the same way as his Gospel.  The prologue introduces us to Jesus.  John is testifying that he has heard and seen Jesus…and that he has touched him.  Jesus is a real person. John reminds us again that Jesus is the creator of life that Jesus is life itself.

John writes in this letter and in his gospel that he writes these things so that we may believe that Jesus is the Son of God – that we may have fellowship with Him – that we may have communion with Him – so that we may be joined in communion with other believers and that we may share in each others joy.

John goes on in the next paragraph to remind us that believers need to live in the Light of Christ.  You may remember that Jesus declared himself to be the Light of the world.  Over the last few weeks at McCrae Brook we have been look at who Jesus is.  One of the things that we learned is that Jesus is our great example…as believers we should exhibit the same characteristics of Jesus.  John says we must live in the light as Jesus is in the light.  We can’t go around living in spiritual darkness if we want to have fellowship with God.  If we live in the light, then Christ blood cleanses us from sin.

I think we are reminded that consistent sin should not be part of a believer’s life.  Is there hope for a believer who does sin?  Absolutely, but living in the light means not living in the darkness.  We are reminded that if we do sin, we have an advocate – a lawyer – Jesus Christ – who will plead our case before God.

It was Jesus whose blood atones for our sin.  Atones means that Jesus makes us at one with God through the blood that paid the price for our sin.  Jesus paid the price for all of our sin – you – me – the whole world. He is able if we trust and believe in Him to save us from all sin.  So go and live in the light!

 

Prayer for the Week

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgSecond Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for the Saturday after Easter

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgSaturday in Easter Week

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he
has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.