Randy's Reflections
April 4, 2016, 9:26 AM

Afterword



Sometimes I have other thoughts after preaching on Sunday. I think of things I should have said or I am asked questions about what I meant when I said something. So I thought I would share with you a word the day after I spoke.

    Yesterday I mentioned that “Jesus wants us to break his body,” as I was officiating at communion. Does this mean Jesus wants us to beat him or cause his bones to be broken? No, I was trying to say that Jesus, who had longed for the Last Supper with his disciples (Luke 22:15), wanted them to share the symbol of his sacrifice with each other.

    Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:16b, “And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” Jesus longs for us to participate with others in the body of Christ. Our faith is not a solitaire faith. Communion was a new sacrament which offered an opportunity for believers to share their faith with each other.

    Secondly, I think I was trying to convey that Jesus wants us to admit that we are the ones who put him on the cross. It was not just the Jewish leaders, it was not just the Romans, it was not just the governmental authorities, but by our sin we made it necessary for Jesus to be crucified, to be the sacrifice in order for us to be reconciled or at peace with God.

    Jesus longs for us to admit that we need his offer of redemption so we may abide with him as he abides with God. This is an opportunity to be reconnected to God.

    I appreciate those that asked me about this phrase I used yesterday, it helps me clarify my thinking as well as hopefully you can be encouraged to grow in new ways in your faith.

    Hoping to continue the dialogue as we grow into new ways of understanding in our faith through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the sharing of the body.

 

    Walking with you,

 

    Pastor Randy




March 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 26


“Die”

This is the last word. The last word I will send you a message about. But certainly not the last word for those who are in Christ. When we say this word out loud how does it make us feel? When we say this word out loud what do we think of? I pray for you that this is not the last word.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that this is not the last word for us. Thank you that we can look forward not only to Easter, but new life, transformed life in you, both now and forever. Amen.




March 25, 2016, 7:03 PM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 25



“Gethsemane"

This word speaks of a horrifying event, but also the prelude to a magnificent one. Jesus seeks a garden to commune with his father, but also uses one for proclamation of a new beginning to the women. The disciples who accompanied him the night of his arrest fell asleep. The women who were confronted with his resurrection became alive. In a garden decay can become new life.

Prayer: Lord, help us in the garden to which we go be one from which we will grow. Amen.