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A boy-filled couple of days

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:24
We've had quite a time over the last two days. Note that doesn't say a "quiet time". No Good Friday holiday in Japan. Easter is relatively unknown in Japan. No Easter eggs. School had a half day...

Two Videos of Sendero de Vida's Church Service

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:20
Below, several videos of services that we've had at the new property. The first video was made by co-worker Jim Cottrill, and records the very first service in the new building (March 16). Several...

"A time to be silent..."

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:35
The last few years God has been teaching me more about what it means to wait on him and spend time together in solitude and silence.   Over the past few months I have simply been...

Nothing is Impossible!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:00
Matthew 27:57-66 They made the tomb "as secure as they knew how" and still You rose!  May all the best efforts of the enemy be as nothing to You!  Thwart all of the plans of the evil one....

GOOD Friday indeed!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:36
I woke up feeling grieved on Friday. I felt like I was mourning the death, murder, crucifixion of Jesus instead of celebrating its end result. I was shadowed and feeling pain in my soul. I thought...

Proud little Canadian!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:29
Rosslyn Elementary SchoolSpring Concert This past week was the annual Spring concert for the elementary school at Rosslyn Academy. It was a lot of fun to see the children sharing about God’s Gifts in...

GOOD Friday indeed!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:22
I woke up feeling grieved on Friday. I felt like I was mourning the death, murder, crucifixion of Jesus instead of celebrating its end result. I was shadowed and feeling pain in my soul. I thought...

Five Minute Friday ~ Glue

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:47

Ride-a-Long

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:56
On Thursday I got the chance to do a "Ride-a-Long" to observe a typical MAF flight day here with MAF Uganda.  I accompanied MAF pilot, Dallas, on a day that took us on a few stops up...

GOOD Friday indeed!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:36
I woke up feeling grieved on Friday. I felt like I was mourning the death, murder, crucifixion of Jesus instead of celebrating its end result. I was shadowed and feeling pain in my soul. I thought...

Are we still asleep in the Light?

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:14
While I am encouraged by great mission effort from the global church, I know that more must be done. May we all be committed to the great commission locally and globally by praying, giving, going,...

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Forty One

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:13
Time and again, one of the major hermeneutical moves Tom Wright makes is what I will call the ‘both-and’ approach. For instance, on pp. 821ff. we hear that Christ has taken on both the role of Adam in ruling over creation and the role of the Messiah in rescuing God’s people, and in Wright’s view [Read More...]

A Messianic Passover Sedar in Pictures

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:23
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He was most eager to make sure He could keep the Passover with His disciples, a meal that pretty much points to Jesus. This is the second time I’ve had a...

Having People Over

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:32
Here is a little bit about a gathering that we had-wow, a week ago already. Andrei and I had some of his "former students" (from the SPB Christian University) over for dinner and fellowship. I...

Please pray for my DTS outreach

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:34
Happy Easter Everyone! I pray that you will have a very blessed Easter weekend as you celebrate what Christ has done for us (his death and Resurrection). Today we had a very delicious Easter dinner...

On the mission field

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:16
Sometimes it can feel quite lonely on the mission field. You miss your family and friends in the uk and your colleagues. But every now and then God brings friends your way, he did today. It was great...

Through the Life of Christ – A Worship Collection

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:27
I wanted to post more of Michael Card’s music in my last post and it dawned on me like Easter morning that over the years, Michael has published so much Scripture and biblical narrative in his...

A Worship Collection (according to Michael Card’s music)

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:27
I wanted to post more of Michael Card’s music in my last post and it dawned on me like Easter morning that over the years, Michael has published so much Scripture and biblical narrative in his...

Bank Holiday?

Behind The Child - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:08
"So, is it like, cos it's a Bank Holiday that you're going to church?" asked our carer this morning.

"It's kind of an important day for a Christian," I replied. Possibly not the clearest or most tactful of replies, but it hadn't occurred to me that someone who has grown up here, attended primary and secondary schools here, and probably even been to the occasional Christening or Wedding, might not make a connection between Good Friday and church. Hot Cross Buns for breakfast not enough of a clue.

So for anyone else not sure why some of us might be going to church whilst you are enjoying a day off (or being frustrated by closed shops and banks), here's a quick reminder.

Today's the day we call Good Friday. The day when Jesus, Son of God and God made man allowed himself to be nailed to a cross, and chose to stay there until he died. Betrayed by one of his closest followers the night before (proving that, right from the start, his followers aren't always the nicest of people), he chose not to defend himself in court, nor to step down from the cross, but to hang in shame and pain until the very end.

On the face of it, possibly not a very Good Friday for God or man.

Or it wouldn't be, if it ended there. But at the moment Jesus died, the separation between God and man died too, the temple curtain ripped from top to bottom, and one perfect sacrifice replaced unending pigeons and bulls and constant rivers of animal blood. Grace and mercy and forgiveness replaced the Law, a law which no man had ever been able to keep since it was written back on a mountain in the wilderness.

And it doesn't even end there, with a new covenant. But in just a couple of days, we get to celebrate the fact that not even death can have victory over God. And, just as Jesus himself rose from the grave, we know that death itself is not the end, but the beginning. Something all the more precious for those of us with friends and family who have gone on before us.

The celebration is ahead of us right now though. For today we come as a church to the foot of the cross, joining in thought with those first followers, watching with them as the Lord breathes his last. Lost in awe at the love which offers such sacrifice, thankful beyond words.



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