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04/06/2021

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Take a moment to listen the The Arivzus’ story. We are so blessed to have Mercedes as a leader and shepherd for Christ Church Women. She is a woman solidly planted in the truth of God's holiness and the power of his Holy Spirit. We honor and bless you, Mercedes and your husband Brian for your faithfulness to God and to Christ Church.

2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Have you felt alone and/or depleted during battle? God invites us to align our hearts in reverence to His holiness. You are not alone! God's army of angels is surrounding you. Declare it with your faith! For God invites us to be a church that walks by faith and not by sight.

04/05/2021

God's grace is EVERYTHING for us! Let's remember this together:

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

04/04/2021

Mamas, don’t miss out on this!!!

**** Congratulations to Alana Rodriguez for winning a free week of camp! Text “CAMP” to 43037 by midnight tonight to enter for a chance to win a FREE week of Pine Cove City at Christ Church this summer, July 19-23!!! Winner announced tomorrow!

04/04/2021

Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet yourself in the presence of God. Breathe deep. Sit completely still. Don’t rush it. During this week, please do everything you can to allow yourself time to just be with Jesus.

Read the following passage, then pray through the prayer point below.

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Matthew 28:1-20 (TPT)

After the Sabbath ended, at the first light of dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. Suddenly, the earth shook violently beneath their feet as the angel of the Yahweh descended from heaven. Lightning flashed around him and his robe was dazzling white! The guards were stunned and terrified—lying motionless like dead men. Then the angel walked up to the tomb, rolled away the stone, and sat on top of it!

The women were breathless and terrified, until the angel said to them, “There’s no reason to be afraid. I know you’re here looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here—he has risen victoriously, just as he said! Come inside the tomb and see the place where our Lord was lying. Then run and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead! I give you his message: ‘I am going ahead of you to Galilee and you will see me there.’ ”

They rushed quickly to tell his disciples, and their hearts were filled with fear, awe, and great joy at the same time.

Along the way, Jesus suddenly appeared in front of them and said, “Rejoice!” They were so overwhelmed by seeing him that they bowed down and grasped his feet in adoring worship.

Then Jesus said to them, “Throw off all your fears. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will find me there.”

After the women left the tomb, a few of the guards went into Jerusalem and told the chief priests everything they had seen and heard. So the chief priests called a meeting with all the religious leaders and came up with a plan. They bribed the guards with a large sum of money and told them, “Tell everyone, ‘While we were asleep, his disciples came at night and stole his body!’ If Pilate finds out about this, don’t worry. We’ll make sure you don’t get blamed.” So they took the money and did as they were told. (That is why the story of the guards is still circulated among the Jews to this day.)

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples heard the wonderful news from the women and left for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. The moment they saw him, they worshiped him, but some still had lingering doubts.

Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All authority of the universe has been given to me. Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”

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Prayer Point:

Those who saw Jesus and believed He was risen responded in worship. All our growth in knowledge about God and who He is should lead us to worship Him, too.

Spend a few moments worshipping God. What have you learned about Him this week? How has your love for Him increased as you walked through the Holy Week Scriptures?

Thank God for the good gift of His Word, filled with His promises!

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Readings written by and courtesy of The Austin Stone Church.

04/03/2021

Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet yourself in the presence of God. Breathe deep. Sit completely still. Don’t rush it. During this week, please do everything you can to allow yourself time to just be with Jesus.

Read the following passage, then pray through the prayer point below.

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Luke 22:27-23:47 (TPT)

At the end of the day, a wealthy man named Joseph, a follower of Jesus from the village of Ramah approached Pilate and asked if he could take custody of the body of Jesus. So Pilate consented and ordered that the body be given to him. Then Joseph wrapped the body in a shroud of fine linen and placed it in his own unused tomb, which had only recently been cut into the rock. They rolled a large stone to seal the entrance of the tomb and left.

Sitting across from the tomb were Mary Magdalene and the other Marys, watching all that took place.

The next day, the day after Preparation Day for Passover, the chief priests and the Pharisees went together to Pilate. They said to him, “Our master, we remember that this imposter claimed that he would rise from the dead after three days. So please, order the tomb to be sealed until after the third day. Seal it so that his disciples can’t come and steal the corpse and tell people he rose from the dead. Then the last deception would be worse than the first!”

“I will send soldiers to guard the tomb,” Pilate replied. “Go with them and make the tomb as secure as possible.” So they left and sealed the stone, and Pilate’s soldiers secured the tomb.

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Prayer Point:

The Jewish religious officials who had called for Jesus’ death were now afraid the disciples would steal Jesus’ body from the tomb. They didn’t believe it was possible for Jesus to rise, but they were afraid His followers would claim He rose.

Have you ever doubted Jesus rose from the dead? Do you doubt that now? Talk to God about any doubts you have about who Jesus is or what He did. God already knows what you think and how you feel; nothing is hidden from Him. But He wants you to talk to Him about everything—both good and bad—so don’t be afraid! He is both patient and kind.

Ask God to comfort you even in your doubts, to reveal truth, and to give you faith to believe He is who His Word says He is. Ask Him to help you believe that all His promises are true, and that they are for you!

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Readings written by and courtesy of The Austin Stone Church.

04/02/2021

Sin

"Sin is choosing to say to God, 'I want my way more than I want yours.'"

04/02/2021

Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet yourself in the presence of God. Breathe deep. Sit completely still. Don’t rush it. During this week, please do everything you can to allow yourself time to just be with Jesus.

Read the following passage, then pray through the prayer point below.

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Luke 22:27-23:47 (TPT)

No sooner had he finished speaking when suddenly a mob approached, and in front of the mob was his disciple Judas. He walked up close to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss. For he had agreed to give the religious leaders a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the one to seize.”

Jesus looked at him with sorrow and said, “A kiss, Judas? Are you really going to betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

When the other disciples understood what was happening, they asked, “Lord, shall we fight them with our swords?”

Just then, one of the disciples swung his sword at the high priest’s servant and slashed off his right ear.

Jesus stopped the incident from escalating any further by saying, “Enough of this!” Then he touched the right side of the injured man’s head and the ear grew back—he was healed!

Jesus turned to those who had come to seize him—the ruling priests, the officers of the temple police, and the religious leaders—and said, “Am I a criminal that you come to capture me with clubs and swords? Wasn’t I with you day after day, teaching in the temple courts? You could have seized me at any time. But in the darkness of night you have now found your time, for it belongs to you and to the prince of darkness.”

The religious leaders seized Jesus and led him away, but Peter followed from a safe distance. They brought him to the home of the high priest, where people were already gathered out in the courtyard. Someone had built a fire, so Peter inched closer and sat down among them to stay warm.

A girl noticed Peter sitting in the firelight. Staring at him, she pointed him out and said, “This man is one of Jesus’ disciples!”

Peter flatly denied it, saying, “What are you talking about, girl? I don’t know him!”

A little while later, someone else spotted Peter and said, “I recognize you. You’re one of his, I know it!”

Peter again said, “I’m not one of his disciples.”

About an hour later, someone else identified Peter and insisted he was a disciple of Jesus, saying, “Look at him! He’s from Galilee,[e] just like Jesus. I know he’s one of them.”

But Peter was adamant. “Listen, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t you understand? I don’t even know him.” While the words were still in his mouth, the rooster crowed.

At that moment, the Lord, who was being led through the courtyard by his captors, turned around and gazed at Peter. All at once Peter remembered the words Jesus had prophesied over him, “Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” Peter burst into tears,[g] ran off from the crowd, and wept bitterly.

Those who were guarding Jesus mocked and beat him severely. They also made fun of him, blindfolding him and slapping his face and saying, “Prove that you are a prophet and tell us which one of us hit you!” They blasphemed and heaped insult after insult upon him.

At daybreak the high priests, the experts of the law, and the top religious leaders convened and had Jesus brought before their council. They asked him point blank, “Tell us, are you the Christ, the Messiah, or not?”

Jesus responded, “If I tell you the truth, you won’t believe me. And if I question you, you will not answer me or release me. But from today on, the Son of Man will be enthroned in the place of honor, power, and authority with Almighty God.”

They all shouted, “Then you do claim to be the Son of God?”

He said to them, “You are the ones who say I am.”

They all shouted, “We’ve heard it from his very lips! What further proof do we need?”

The entire council stood at once and took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor. They accused him of false testimony, saying, “This man tells us not to pay our taxes to Caesar. And he proclaims himself to be Christ the King and Messiah. He’s a deceiver of our nation.”

Pilate asked Jesus, “Is this true? Are you their king and Messiah?”

Jesus answered, “It is true.”

Pilate turned to the high priests and to the gathered crowd and said, “This man has committed no crime. I find nothing wrong with him.”

But they yelled and demanded that Pilate do something, saying, “He has stirred up our nation, misleading people from the moment he began teaching in Galilee until he has come here to Jerusalem!”

When Pilate heard the word Galilee, he asked if Jesus was a Galilean, and when they told him “yes,” Pilate saw a way out of his problem. He knew that Antipas, son of Herod, ruled over Galilee, and he happened to be in Jerusalem at that time, so Pilate sent Jesus to Antipas.

When he saw Jesus, he was elated, for he had heard a great deal about his ministry and wanted Jesus to perform a miracle in front of him. Antipas questioned him at length, but Jesus wouldn’t even answer him.

All the while the high priests and religious leaders stood by, accusing Jesus of wrongdoing, so that Antipas and his soldiers treated him with scorn and mocking. Antipas put an elegant purple robe on Jesus and sent him back to Pilate. That day, Antipas and Pilate healed their long-standing feud and they became good friends.

Pilate gathered together the people, the high priests, and all the religious leaders of the nation. He told them, “You have presented this man to me and charged him with stirring a rebellion among the people. I have examined him here in your presence and have put him on trial. My verdict is that none of your charges against him are true. I find no fault in him. Then I sent him to Antipas, son of Herod, who questioned him and found him not guilty. Since he has done nothing deserving of death, I have decided to punish him with a severe flogging and release him.” For it was Pilate’s custom to honor the Jewish holiday by releasing a prisoner.

When the crowd heard this, they went wild. Erupting with anger, they cried out, “No! Take this one away and release Barabbas!” For Barabbas had been thrown in prison for robbery and murder.

Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, tried to convince them it was best to let Jesus go, but they screamed out over and over, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
A third time, Pilate asked the crowd, “What evil crime has this man committed that I should have him crucified? I haven’t found one thing that warrants a death sentence! I will have him flogged severely and then release him.”
But the people and the high priests, shouting like a mob, screamed out at the top of their lungs, “No! Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Finally their shouts and screams succeeded. Pilate caved in to the crowd and ordered that the will of the people be done. Then he released the guilty murderer Barabbas, as they had insisted, and handed Jesus over to be crucified.

As the guards led Jesus to be crucified, there was an African man in the crowd named Simon, from Libya.[p] He had just arrived from a rural village to keep the Feast of the Passover. The guards laid Jesus’ cross on Simon’s shoulders and forced him to walk behind Jesus, carrying his cross.

Massive crowds gathered to follow Jesus, including a number of women, who were wailing with sorrow over him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. You should be weeping for yourselves and your children. The day is coming when it will not be the women with children who are blessed but those who are childless. Then you will say, ‘The barren women are the most fortunate! Those who have never given birth and never nursed a child—they are more fortunate than we, for they will never see their children put to death!’ And the people will cry out for the mountains and hills to fall on top of them to hide them from all that is to come. For if this is what they do to the living Branch, what will they do with the dead ones?”

The guards led away two criminals with Jesus, to execute all three at the same time. When they came to the place that is known as The Skull, the guards crucified Jesus, nailing him on the center cross between the two criminals. While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

The soldiers, after they crucified him, gambled over his clothing.

A great crowd gathered to watch what was happening. The religious leaders sneered at Jesus and mocked him, saying, “Look at this man! What kind of ‘chosen Messiah’ is this? He pretended to save others, but he can’t even save himself!”

The soldiers joined in the mockery, offering Jesus a drink of vinegar.

Over Jesus’ head on the cross was written an inscription in Greek, Latin, and Aramaic: “This man is the king of all the Jews.” And all the soldiers laughed and scoffed at him, saying, “Hey! If you’re the king of Jews, why don’t you save yourself?”

One of the criminals hanging on the cross next to Jesus kept ridiculing him, saying, “What kind of Messiah are you? Save yourself and save us from this death!”

The criminal hanging on the other cross rebuked the man, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You’re about to die! We deserve to be condemned. We’re just being repaid for what we’ve done. But this man—he’s done nothing wrong!”
Then he said, “I beg of you, Jesus, show me grace and take me with you into your everlasting kingdom!”

Jesus responded, “I promise you—this very day you will enter paradise with me.”

It was now only midday, yet the whole world became dark for three hours as the light of the sun faded away. And suddenly in the temple the thick veil hanging in the Holy Place was ripped in two! Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, I surrender my Spirit into your hands.” And he took his last breath and died.

When the Roman captain overseeing the crucifixion witnessed all that took place, he was awestruck and glorified God. Acknowledging what they had done, he said, “I have no doubt; we just killed the righteous one.”

The crowds that had gathered to observe this spectacle went back to their homes, overcome with deep sorrow and devastated by what they had witnessed. But standing off at a distance were some who truly knew Jesus, and the women who had followed him all the way from Galilee were keeping vigil.

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Prayer Point:

As Jesus hung on the cross, He prayed for the criminals who were hung alongside Him. As He waited at death’s door, Jesus was thinking of others and how He could point them to the Father. Even knowing that one of the criminals would mock Him, Jesus prayed that His Father would forgive them. In His most vulnerable state, Jesus was considering others above Himself. With some of His final breaths on this earth, He was praying for someone who desperately needed God.

What a beautiful reminder Jesus gives us to remember others, even at our most vulnerable. When we’re suffering, it’s easy to turn inward and forget about the world outside. It’s especially easy to ignore those who make our lives more difficult.

Who is your enemy? Who mocks you? Who is it that is most difficult for you to pray for? Maybe it’s a rival at school or work, or someone with different political beliefs. Maybe it’s a family member who doesn’t know God or a spouse who’s walked away from the faith. Maybe it’s the “perfect” mom on Instagram or that person in your community who has everything you’re still asking God for.

Ask God to show you how to genuinely love and pray for the people in your life who are the most difficult. Ask Him to strengthen you and give you words to pray when you absolutely don’t want to show love to that person. Ask Him to transform your heart as you pray, that you would look more like Jesus and receive joy in praying for that person.

Remember that when you’re at your most difficult, God’s love for you never wanes. It never fails you or holds you in contempt. It’s that transformative love in us that gives us the ability to truly and sacrificially love others.

Rest in the Holy Spirit working in you.

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Readings written by and courtesy of The Austin Stone Church.

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