“When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”

We’re continuing to take some time reflecting on what being united with Christ means for us as Christians by studying Colossians 3.1-17. Last Sunday we considered what it means for Christians to be united with Jesus’ return and what happens to us at the final judgment.

One thing Scripture makes clear in its teaching on the subject: everyone faces the final judgment. We Christians, however, face that judgment without fear because of “The One Reason We Are Worthy.”

We are “Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ” and seek to live the life our new clothes describe–living with integrity— as citizens of the kingdom of God which Jesus so aptly described in the Sermon on the Mount (among other places). By living through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, we prepare to welcome Jesus back to earth.

In all these things, Christ’s glory shines and we are caught up in the light.

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New on the bookshelf

ImageHaving just returned from a study trip to the Middle East, our Pastor is really inspired to keep in touch with the historical and cultural context of Scripture. So added to the bookshelf this week is a book that focuses on God’s Word, seeking to understand Jesus more fully: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.

This book is easy to read (it’s not meant for academics and students, but for everyone who follows after Christ). It has the potential to inspire you to explore of the biblical narrative, cultural context, and wonder what God was/is up to, and it includes a sampling of prayers that Jesus himself would have prayed, affording Christians to the opportunities to use them as well.

At the Cross of Jesus

As we move closer to Good Friday, take some time to reflect on Jesus’ story and its shaping of your own.crosses

Christ Community Church has been journeying through the Gospel of Mark since the beginning of the year. Each week, their Pastor has shared reflections on the text that weren’t touched upon on the sermons. Read the reflection for Mark 15, “When a story ends & Hearing a New Grace” if you want to find some new perspective.

Here are three reflections on why Holy Week and what Jesus did still matters everyday from The High Calling:

 How can our lives intersect with the slow, significant events of the cross? Read on in, “Why Holy Week Matters: Meeting Jesus at the Table”

Jesus understands what it means to worry and be overwhelmed. Learn from him in “Why Holy Week Matters: Letting Go in the Garden”

Finally, don’t take the sacrifice of the cross for granted, instead, “Why Holy Week Matters: Taking Up Your Cross”

 

The image, “Crosses” is ©CreationSwap/Ron Loveday.

Holy Week Prayer and Reflection Guides

Here are a few online prayer and reflection guides you can use to guide you through the events that led to Jesus’ death on the cross.

Last year, Christ Community Church hosted a Stations of the Cross. Though we aren’t hosting a physical venue, you can use these pictures of the stations as well as the downloadable reflection booklet.

Here is a guided reflection with artwork for the Last Seven Words of Christ.

An alternate Stations of the Cross with artwork and reflections is available on Sacred Art Meditations’ website.

May you be drawn into closer communion with God.

Lenten Devotionals and Prayer Guides

Even though the Christian season of Lent started last week, it isn’t too late to get into a spiritual practice of devotions and prayer. In case you are still looking for a guide, here are a few.

From The High Calling, “Knowing Jesus Better.”

From Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, MI, “The Journey to Jerusalem.”

From The Gospel Coalition, “Journey to the Cross.”

From the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, “Prayers for Lent.”

May the Lord Bless and Keep you as you seek him.

Sunday follow up: “Look at Jesus”

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This short follow up to Sunday’s message by Pastor Chelsey from Luke 24.13-35, “The Best Kind of Heartburn,” reminds us who we are looking for and how to look for him in our modern post-Resurrection walks.

NT Wright encourages us to spend more time with Jesus by spending more time getting to know him in the Gospels.

 

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on April 7, 2013. Because of technical issues, the sermon is not available online.

Easter Sunday follow up

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

On Sunday, March 31st, our Easter message, “Dead is dead, right?” was from 1 Corinthians 15.12-26 as we reflected on the need for Jesus’ resurrection to be real as we look ahead to our future. You can listen to it on Christ Community Church’s sermon website (or in the archives).

John Updike’s poem, “Seven Stanzas At Easter” is a reflection on the same biblical truth: the resurrection was, is, real!

And what does it all mean for us today? Bob Robinson offers a few good reasons that line up with 1 Corinthians 15 over at Re-integrate.org; be sure to check out the book recommendations if you want to do some more thinking on the subject.

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on March 31, 2013.