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The Power of the Cross

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Today, the cross is probably the most widely recognized symbol of Christianity in the world.  However, in the time of Christ the cross was viewed as the ultimate symbol of punishment, and represented one of the most barbaric practices of the Roman Empire.  It was this punishment that Jesus Christ endured for each of us, so that our sins could be forgiven.

Today as we observe Good Friday, we remember Jesus' pain, suffering, and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for us at the cross.  It was on that "darkest day" that the Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah was fulfilled.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was o…

The Last Supper

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Greetings, Church Family:
Today on this Thursday of Holy Week, we as Christians observe Maundy Thursday.  It is on this day that we commemorate the Last Supper, the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples celebrated in the upper room, just before his crucifixion.  
Here is the passage from Matthew 26:26-29:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” At the time, the disciples did not understand Jesus’ words, but we understand now that the bread they broke represents the body of Christ, broken for us.  The cup represents the blood of the new covena…

Our Creator Will Sustain Us

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From Christy Smith:

Hello, Greenway Church Family! One of the good things that has come out of our family’s quarantine is the return of regular family meals. I’m spending more time cooking and have a new appreciation for the variety of foods that God has made. He has put so much detail and care into creating the things we eat. Can you even fathom how much more infinite detail and care He put into creating us, His beloved children? 

The Bible tells us that we should be anxious for nothing, that He has already taken care of all our needs. Our Creator will sustain us in every way, including gifts of farm fresh eggs, tiny tomatoes, and juicy apples. What things are you thankful for today? 

Blessings,
Christy Smith






“Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these thi…

Gethsemane

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Thank you to Lynn Beebe for sharing these songs and her thoughts with us.  May they bless and humble all of us as we reflect on what Christ did for us this Holy Week.

"There is a lot that happens between Jesus' triumphal entry on Palm Sunday and His resurrection on Easter.  This week, I am remembering where Jesus walked and what He did during this time:  His anointing at Bethany, The Last Supper, Gethsemane, His betrayal by Judas, His arrest, His trials, and His crucifixion, death, and burial.  He did everything for each one of us.  I hope that this song/video will be meaningful to you as you remember our Savior's sacrifice for us."




Katelyn's Holy Week Painting

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Katelyn spent some of her day painting on Palm Sunday.  Take a look at her work pictured here!  What ways are you expressing yourself, praying, meditating, and reflecting this Holy Week?  Feel free to share with us!  If you have anything you would like to share on this blog, remember you can email it to me at justintbeebe@gmail.com.  Let's remain in community this week!

Blessings,
- Justin

Sunday Sermon & Worship - April 5, 2020

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Good Morning!
As we celebrate Palm Sunday this morning we invite you to check out these links for this week's sermon and worship. Pastor Darrell continues with the second sermon in his 3-part series: "Jesus: Prophet, Priest, and King." We hope you will find spiritual nourishment through this content!
Call to Worship:  Today is Palm Sunday! This video has an excellent message.




Music for Prayer and Meditation: Check out these hymn recordings by Jon Beebe.  They were recorded just after 9/11 in response to the tragedy.  They are as much a blessing now as they were then.
Jon Beebe, bassoon
Laurie Nicholson, piano
Rosen Concert Hall
Thursday, September 13, 2001

Sermon: “The Priestly Work of Christ” CLICK HERE to read the scripture (Hebrews 4:14-16)




Song of Reflection: Before the Throne of God Above

Prayer:




Be sure to check out these other recent blog posts as well:
Strength and Endurance by Robert McKethan
Through It All, It Is Well, song shared by Martha Addison
Katelyn's Holy Week Pai…

Through It All, It Is Well

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Thank you to Martha Addison for sharing another great song with us!  The song"It Is Well" by Bethel Music reminds us that no matter what we go through, God is in charge.  We just have to keep our eyes fixed on Him.  One well-known Bible verse that speaks to this is Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.


I hope you can take the time to listen to this song, and most importantly, reflect on the message: "Through it all, my eyes are on You; through it all, it is well."


Verse 1 Grander earth has quaked before Moved by the sound of His voice Seas that are shaken and stirred Can be calmed and broken for my regard Chorus Through it all, through it all My eyes are on You Through it all, through it all It is well Through it all, through it all My eyes are on You It is well with me Verse 2 Far be it from me to not believe Even when my eyes can't see…