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Blog Archives: April 2014

Secret Servants: Missions in Dangerous Parts of the World

April 29, 2014
Don Ward
Our weekly bulletin lists prayer requests for specific missionaries and Christian workers each week (in the order of service), and a description of areas of emphasis for prayer for that month.  Some of those workers have the name of their nation removed or given in vague terms (Central Asia, etc.).  One of our missionary couples uses pseudonyms because of the risk of their names and country being associated by mistake. Many of these workers are working in predominately Muslim countries where there are no missionary visas issued.  If it ...

The visible, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

April 23, 2014
Don Ward
The Christian Church uses a famous creed called The Apostles’ Creed.  The likely source of this creed is the training of new believers in preparation for baptism and communion in the early centuries of the Christian faith.  With Easter now in our rearview mirror, let’s think about the big deal about Easter: the Christian teaching that Jesus rose again from the dead. The Creed simply states:  “The third day he rose again from the dead.” A quick glance at the texts of the gospels and the other passages that discuss the resurrection (Acts ...

The Final Days of Jesus

April 16, 2014
Tag Tuck
Each year during the week before Easter we think about the final days of Jesus Christ. This is the time of year when the most Bible reading takes place because large portions of the gospel passion narratives are read by individuals and churches. It is also the time of year where people turn their attention to theology more than any other because we want to articulate an answer to the question of what exactly happened in Jesus’ death and resurrection? We also want to articulate an answer to the question of how exactly does the crucifixion and ...

Love is the Main Thing

April 08, 2014
Don Ward
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13:34-35 Love is the main thing.  It is the main thing of being a disciple of Jesus.  Disciples of Jesus love one another.  Disciples of Jesus love people who don’t know Jesus yet.  Disciples of Jesus even love their enemies. That’s the theory; no, that’s the commandment. It’s the main thing.  There are other important ...