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Remembering Jesus!

Scripture reading for July 19th:  Psalm 30-33, 1st Corinthians 11

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26 “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the Same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant in My blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

Paul passed on the sacrament of the Lord’s supper to the Corinthian believers.  He had gotten this from the Lord Jesus, Himself.  Jesus had shared the meaning of the elements of the bread and cup of grape juice with His disciples at His last meal with them on earth before the crucifixion.  The bread represented His body, broken for them, their true sustenance.  The cup of wine represented His shed blood that granted them forgiveness of sins.  The sacrament was to be taken as often as they desired in remembrance of Jesus, proclaiming His sacrificial death until He returned for them.

Psalm 32:1-2 “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your body and blood, broken and poured out for my sins.  I receive Your promise of covering and the blessing of eternal life with You.  Amen!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Joy of the Lord

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this first day of a new week!  It is a joyful day to praise our Lord and gather with God’s people.  We gather to worship, honor God and read His word.  We study and pray together as those being equipped for a battle with the forces of darkness to deliver the souls of men from their clutches.  We join our church family and others around the world in every time zone who gather to praise His name.  From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, His name is praised!

God’s people are marked with joy.  We are filled with joy because we know God as our father and Jesus Christ as our savior.  We know that we are forgiven by God’s grace and free from condemnation.  God doesn’t even remember our sins that we have confessed to Him.  We know that we have a future and hope in God that far exceeds our understanding or imagination.  Death is no longer an enemy to be feared, but is a doorway to God’s presence and a glorious future.

The people of Nehemiah’s day heard the word of God read by Ezra and taught by the Levites.  When they understood it, some began to weep.  Nehemiah encouraged them to enjoy the day and share choice food with others who had none, because that day was sacred to the Lord.  The joy of the Lord was to be their strength!  Let His joy fill your lives today as you listen to God’s word in the presence of His people!  Rejoice in your God and Savior, Jesus Christ!  He was filled with joy at the thought of seeing us in God’s presence and endured the cross and shame on our behalf!  (Hebrews 12:2) May His joy be your strength!

In His Love, Pastor John

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