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“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:11) I can picture it, a priest of the old covenant when he was on duty in the temple, standing. Standing and attending to his duties. He sees a man coming toward him with his prized bull because he wants to make a sacrifice for his sin. The priest approaches this man and his bull, and the cere-mony begins. The man lifts his eyes to heaven, places his hands on the unsuspecting animal, and confesses his sins. He then takes the ceremonial knife and thrusts into the place shown by the priest; a basin catches the blood until the bull slumps to his knees. Then the priest takes the basin of blood to the outer sanctuary and sprinkles some blood before the veil saying, “O God, forgive this my repentant brother; do not hold his sin against him. Be merciful to him, a sinner.” He then sprinkles some blood on the four corners of the altar and pours out the remaining. In another part of the temple, an additional priest receives a peace offering; in another place, a person brings a thank offering. The court of the temple was a busy place of ritual; some came with sincere and humble hearts; others strutted their way through crowds and the process with a kind of arrogant indifference, nevertheless fulfilling the law. All types of people came through, Pharisees, hardworking laborers, the poor and the wealthy. All Israel was there, every day, month after month, year after year. Activity never stopped in the temple. It had been going on like this for centuries. I can also visualize when word swept through Israel, “Christ is risen!” How thousands of people were transformed. And, now as they walked by the temple, them seeing all the sacrifices being offered, wanting to shout, “Jesus is the One great sacrifice, no more need for any other.” The Hebrew pastor writing to his congregation is bringing his argument to a close with one final contrast between priests. Instead of many sacrifices, Jesus offered ONE. Instead of the sacrifices being made “repeatedly,” Jesus “offered for all time a single sacrifice.” Instead of the attitude of standing, Jesus, having accomplished His work, “sat down at the right hand of God.” The pastor’s desire for his congregation and for all readers of his sermon, was that this deeper understanding of what Jesus has accomplished for us through the cross ought to make us want to stop and worship. It should make us want to sing and pray. It should also make us want to show our gratitude by living our lives in unreserved obedience to Him.

Pastor Bert

Preparation for sunday May 15th

Sermon Series: Hebrews “Faithfulness to the End”

Title:  Absolute Forgiveness part 2

Passage:  Hebrews 10:1-18


Reflection  for Sunday: Read Hebrews 10:1-18


Application  for Sunday:  Old covenant religion is one of always trying to earn forgiveness. New covenant religion is resting in the finished work of Jesus. What kind of religion do you have?


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Sunday May 15th

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Leader: Ed

“But he was pierced for our transgres-sions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5

  • Jesus Son of God

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  • At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

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  •                                                     Worthy Worthy

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May 15th, 2022


“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,”     1 Timothy 2:1


 

Call to Worship:  “Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalms 28:6-7

 

Pray for our church: Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto men in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of His name. Amen

 

Pray for those in local, state, and national offices.

 

Pray for our partners in Spain:

The transition of leadership for INFORMA continues to move forward. Although the new director is still in Peru awaiting the visa for Spain, Dr. Francisco Cerrón officially assumed office as the new rector on May 1. Steve Irvin, as the outgoing rector, still has to facilitate the transition, including meeting the logistics team in preparation of an online module that begins today. Pray for wisdom the two men work through this process. Intercede for Rev. Jorge Alvarez as he teaches each evening this week on Pastoral Care and Responsibilities. 


Claudia Irvin met with her ladies' Bible study group yesterday and will be transitioning out of that role in the coming weeks. In the meantime, she has started to go through the arduous process of deciding what things to take back to the US, what things to leave, what things to sell, etc. Ask the Lord for strength and discernment as Steve and Claudia wade through the countless details of moving to the US for the next stage of life and ministry. They will be speaking in Alliance churches across Florida during their final home assignment before retirement. 


The East of Madrid team has enjoyed working as families on the renovations on their ministry center. The bathrooms are almost finished, and the atrium still needs to be finished but the center is in use. Continue to pray as we are still waiting on the lawyer and the Town Hall to become an official Cultural Association. Ask the Lord to facilitate the process so that it will all be in place in September so they can officially open the doors and start classes.


Panta ta Ethne (Matthew 28:19 “all nations”): Mon in Myanmar

 

Persecuted Church:  India