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Holy Week and the Insomnia of Jesus

When the disciples screamed in the face of a storm, Jesus slept (Mk. 4:37-38). When Jesus screamed in the face of a cross, the disciples slept (Mk. 14:37,41).

Why could Jesus sleep so peacefully through a life-threatening sea-storm, and yet is awake all night in the olive garden before his arrest, crying out in anguish? Why are the disciples pulsing with adrenaline as the ship is tossed about on the Galilee Lake, but drifting off to slumber as the most awful conspiracy in human history gets underway?

Getting Ready for Good Friday

But, I’m nervous for us.

I’m nervous that we may merely go through the motions tomorrow. I’m nervous that whatever Good Friday service we attend tomorrow will be nothing more than an item on our “To Do” list. I’m nervous that we will sing songs with a more somber tone, hear a more sobering sermon, take communion and head home…completely unaffected by the weight of what really happened on what we call Good Friday.

Good Friday is a gift to the Church. We have the opportunity to be struck afresh by the reality of Jesus’ brutal death in our place for our sin. We have the opportunity to have our affections stirred by the display of Christ’s love on the cross.

In order to take full advantage of this Good Friday, we must prepare our hearts ahead of time. We can’t blow in and out, expecting to be moved. We must to give thoughtful and careful attention to this significant day. Here are three ways to get ready for Good Friday…

What Would You Do If You Knew You Were Going To Die On Friday?

Preaching from 1 Corinthians 15:29-34: “I Die Daily”

 

Here is the audio and manuscript for my message on Sunday morning:

 

Sermon Audio

 

Sermon Manuscript

 

Big Idea: The certainty of our future resurrection in Christ should compel us to risk everything.

Latest Sermon Now Online: “The Death of Death” Part 4 from 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

 

Sunday morning, November 28, I continued our study of 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. The sermon focuses on the connection between the resurrection and the kingdom of God.

 

Click below to read or listen to the sermon:

 

Sermon Manuscript

 

Sermon Audio

Latest Sermon Uploaded: “The Death of Death” Part 3

 

This morning I continued our study of 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. Most of the sermon I actually focused on v. 22 – “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” What a life changing verse!

Click below to listen or read:

Sermon Audio

 

Sermon Manuscript

 

 

Latest Sermon Now Online: The Death of Death Pt. 2

This Sunday morning I continued our series in 1 Corinthians and spoke from 15:20-28. The sermon title is “The Death of Death” Pt. 2. In it I urged myself and all present to stop being 2-dimensional in our thinking about the resurrection.

Click the links below to read or listen:

Sermon Manuscript

 

Sermon Audio

 

Click here for previous messages also available online.

Sermons Are Now Online…Well…Some Of Them Anyways!

I have added 2 new pages to the blog that you can access either above or on the sidebar or if you are really lazy, you can just click on them below:

“Latest Sermons”

“Sermon Series”

On each page you will find both my sermon manuscript and audio (provided we had no technical difficulties that day)!

Here is a full listing so far:

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part One October 17 2010

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation part 2 October 24 2010

1 Corinthians 15 12-19 What if Christ Is Still Dead October 31 2010

1 Corinthians 15 20-28 The Death of Death Part One November 7 2010

1 Corinthians Sermon Audio

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part One

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part 2 October 24 2010

1 Corinthians 15 12-19 What If Christ Is Still Dead October 31 2010

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 The Death of Death Part One November 7 2010

2 Kings Sermon Manuscripts

Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild Part One October 24 2010

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild part 2 November 7 2010

2 Kings Sermon Audio

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild? Part One October 24 2010

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild Part 2 November 7 2010

I am excited to be able to offer this online. May God be pleased to encourage His church with it if in only some small way.