Restoring The Temple Of Praise

April 15, 2014


Celebrate Jesus-forth1

SCRIPTURE

 The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and He healed them.  The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant.

~Matthew 21:14-15

QUOTE

Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ.

~William Van der Hoven

my thoughts red

Actually, the above scripture probably happened late Monday evening before Jesus retires to Bethany. Jesus spent only one night in Jerusalem, the night of his arrest. Jesus cleansed the Temple on Monday morning, set up shop and began using the Temple as a place of healing Monday evening. The miracles Jesus performed produced a chorus of praise lead by the children and this was very disturbing to the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus goes back to Bethany for the night and returns early on Tuesday morning. On His way in to the Temple, He curses the barren fig tree which some believe is a symbol of the spiritual impotence of the Jewish nation. When He enters the temple He begins to teach. So Monday was a healing day and Tuesday is a teaching day. The Jews did not like His teaching anymore than His healing so they question His authority. “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?” They asked.

Jesus was absorbed in ministry. He was focused on the needs of others. The Jewish religious leaders were concerned with their position and focused on authority. Jesus heart was to serve; the religious leaders had no heart for serving, they wanted to rule. In my 45 years of ministry, I cannot recall one person with a servant’s heart and deeply committed to helping others who got involved in authority issues. This is not a coincidence, people who are focused on ministry are never concerned with position or power.

They who have no heart to help have no right to question.

EXTRA animated

  • I may have mentioned this yesterday, don’t remember but we had 302 in the am service which makes two Sundays in a row that we’ve been over 300 and our offering was over $12,000.00 which makes two very good offering in a row. Speaking of offering, this Sunday is your last opportunity to give to the ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER offering. Beginning April 27, we will focus on the Guatemala Mission Trip and then the Block Party. The Mother’s Day offering will go to the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
  • I think more cold weather is on the way: I’m glad I did not set out any tomatoes. Teddy probably has corn up by now. It looks like it will be a late garden but it is just as well, we have not had time to work in the garden. It may be my age but we are having too many COLS.
  • Arvid Wakefield COLS is Wednesday April 16 at 6:00 at the Princess Theater.
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