Maundy Thursday 2023

We’re almost there. Easter is right around the corner. Throughout your Lenten journey, we pray that your affection for Jesus has grown. Let’s be honest, though, it’s easy to love Jesus, isn’t it? He heals the sick, raises the dead, washes your feet, feeds you with His body and blood for the forgiveness of sins, and gives up His life so that you might have eternal life. At this moment, as the focus is rightly on Jesus, He turns to you and does not say, “Love me.” His new commandment is much harder than that, “Love one another.”

Faith Stories: Dianna

The day before Palm Sunday was a crazy day. Jesus was entering into Holy Week. Judas was self-righteous and a greedy whiner. Lazarus, fresh out of the tomb, joined Jesus and the disciples for dinner. Martha and Mary assumed their typical positions. This week, as we prepare for Holy Week, let us step into the stories of Martha and Mary. Through their Faith Stories, perhaps you’ll see that while we all have different stories, one thing remains the same – Jesus Christ.

Laodicea

Christ desires real relationship with us. Our wealth, resources, and sense of self-sufficiency often prevent us from reliance upon his gift and promise. Repent of self-sufficiency to restore relationship with Christ.

Faith Stories: Tom

Somewhere in your Faith Story, there was a time when you stood looking into the future wondering, “How will it all work out?” At that moment, you may have not had much to work with. Chances are, you had more than Abraham. Imagine you’re Abraham and Sarah, you’re 80 years old with no children and the Lord tells you that your offspring will be as numerous as the stars. You have no idea how it will happen, but you know one thing – God is faithful to fulfill His promises. What leap of faith does your Faith Story tell?

Philadelphia

Christ has the authority of his kingdom, and those he has saved can rest in the security of his promises. Endure earthly trials with the promise of coming redemption.

Faith Stories: Allison

Consider Gideon’s Faith Story. He was the weakest of the weak. He was afraid. He doubted. Yet God demonstrated His power and promise despite his weakness. In fact, at his greatest moment of weakness, the LORD called him a “mighty man of valor.” How does your Faith Story demonstrate the truth that “when I am weak, then I am strong?” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Sardis

Christ supplies to his church the power of the Holy Spirit to resurrect them in their spiritual death and enable them to live faithfully. Do not lose sight of the sustaining source and purpose of your call.

Faith Stories: Joy

Pain is preparation, but it never feels that way in the moment - it just hurts. As you look back on your Faith Story, consider ways that the Lord was working through you to prepare you for something that you could not have envisioned in the moment. By sharing your Faith Story, how might you be able to encourage others during a painful moment in their life? Like the story of Ruth, we can all see through our Faith Story that God has a plan, and He will accomplish it.

Thyatira

Christ has the knowledge and power to judge the church, calling it to endurance and purity. Root out the “pet sins” in your life and in the life of your community.

Faith Stories: Charley

In many ways, your story is like a resume. Highlights from your life that have brought you to where you are today. If you were to write your resume today, I bet you would include a list of all your accomplishments. But did you learn more from success or failure? For most of us, failure shapes us and teaches us more and sharing what you’ve learned through failure can be a powerful aspect of your faith story. Therefore, please consider adding your “Failure Resume” to your Faith Story. Like the Apostle Paul, the story of our failures can shine the light on the marvelous grace of God.

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