SUNDAY–MARCH 30, 2014: TRIUMPHANT AND VICTORIOUS

Devotional Readidng: Psalm 47; Background Scripture: Zechariah 9:9; 10; Matthew 21: 1-11

Triumphant and Victorious– Jesus Christ–in every situation–all the time!

In last week’s lesson, we focused on Jesus Christ as the Lamb being worthy of our worship God has given all power and authority to His Son, and He indeed is worthy of our praise. As the song writer says, “Every praise to our God”. By his death, He redeemed us and by his resurrection, he is the manifestation of the complete power of God.

In this lesson, we are looking at the events leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross. Zechariah foretold what was to come, and Matthew laid out the explicit details. Crowds were cheering and shouting words of praise as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Yet, how quickly the accolades turned to scorn. But wait, let’s back up a few verses. Jesus sent his disciples into the city to get a donkey. A donkey is considered a lowly animal, but also an animal of peace. Surely if the long awaited king was coming to town, he would ride in on a large horse. Not so–Jesus is the king of peace, love, gentleness, long suffering, and so much more. However as the scripture reads, the disciples did not hesitate, they did exactly what Jesus instructed them to do. What about you? When Jesus instructs you to do something, do you have a hard time doing it right away, why or why not?

Jesus was the complete essence of humility. In what ways can you aply this character trait in your life?

If Christ rode into Charlotte, and down Milton Road, what words of praise would you shout? What can yu do to take this message to your community? Jesus Christ is worthy of praise. Welcome Him into your life today.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014: PETER’S REPORT

Devotional Reading: Psalm–16:7-11; Background Scripture–Psalm 110; Mark–12:35-37; Acts–2:22-36

The foundation of the lesson is: Jesus’ resurrection is the culminating act which shows that God’s plan prevailed.

Victory was promised and Victory was achieved.

How do you allow the fact that Jesus is alive to influence your life?

When have you seen an evil intent result in ultimate good and glory to God?

The blog is open and waiting for your questions and comments.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014—–“AN ETERNAL KINGDOM”

Devotional Reading: Psalm 98; Background Scripture: 2 Samuel 7

 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The best laid plans of mice and men?”  This lesson reminds me of that particular statement.  David had built himself a beautiful mansion, and he was making big plans to build a lavash structure for God.  Now wanting to do something great for God is not a bad idea; however, this was not God’s idea.  How many times do we take off running with an idea that we are sure that it came from God?  Yet; we are completely disappointed  when we realize that we were serving our own interests and not the plans of God.  It’s not a pretty site or a good feeling, but it does happen.

If we go back a little further in 2 Samuel, we will find that even Nathan, David’s servant, thought the idea had merit.  Again, constructing a building for the mighty God, was a wonderful idea, but the essence of and completeness of God didn’t then and does not now, need to be contained in a lavish building.

Where was prayer in David’s plans?  Where is prayer in your plans?  You know, even when we get these great ideas as to what we can do for God  (yeah, like He needs us to favors for Him) , we should always pray so that we don’t put our plans in front of God’s plans.  God had to remind David, as He has to remind us sometimes; He has brought us to this place, protected us from dangers seen and unseen, from the beginning of time– invited us to be in a relationship with Him, has loved us through all of our mess ups and mis-steps–He has the ultimate plan for all things.  Keep your eyes on Jesus–that is where we find  “an eternal kingdom”.  What are your thoughts?