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Easter Reading Plan – Mark’s Gospel

Beginning tomorrow, I want to encourage you to take time to read, pray, and reflect on Holy Week. The reading plan below takes you through each day from the Triumphal Entry to the Resurrection.

Dr. Wayne Slusser’s Easter Reading Plan Through the Gospel of Mark:

• Sunday (Palm Sunday) – Mark 11:1-11 (Entrance into Jerusalem, Triumphal Entry)
• Monday–Mark 11:12-19 (The Fig Tree and Cleansing the Temple)
• Tuesday–Mark 11:20-33 (Discussion with the disciples)
• Wednesday–Mark 13:1-37 (Olivet Discourse)
• Thursday–Mark 14:1-72 (Passover, Last Supper, Gethsemane, Betrayal, Arrest, and Trial)
• Friday (Good Friday)–Mark 15:1-47 (Roman Trial, Crucifixion)
• Saturday–Mark 15:42-47 (Burial)
• Sunday (Easter)–Mark 16:1-8 (Resurrection)
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steven


Video – Pastor’s SPace #2

Check out the last episode of Pastor’s SPace video on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster). It is a brief message from Philippians 1:2. The message is under Pastor’s SPace.
 
 
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Video – Pastor’s SPace

Check out the first Pastor’s SPace video on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster). It is a brief message from John 16:33. The message is under Pastor’s SPace.
 
 
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Resurrection Resources

“Resurrection Resources”

On Sunday, April 12 we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus stated before his death that he would rise again on the third day (Matthew 28:6).  Furthermore, Paul states that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:14).  With such an important time of the year approaching, I wanted to provide you with some suggested resources to prepare your hearts for this great day.

Bible Reading:

  • Chronology Bible Reading = https://carm.org/bible-difficulties/matthew-mark/resurrection-chronology
  • Scripture Verses for the Passion Week = https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/he_is_risen/index.cfm

 

Books/Reading:

  • The Final Days of Jesus = https://www.amazon.com/Final-Days-Jesus-Important-Person/dp/1433535106/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=easter+last+days+of+jesus&qid=1583175903&s=books&sr=1-2
  • Ryken & Boice “The Heart of the Cross” = https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Cross-Philip-Graham-Ryken/dp/1581346786
  • David Jeremiah “Seven Signs of the Resurrection” = https://davidjeremiah.blog/the-true-meaning-of-easter-and-seven-signs-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead/

Audio:

  • Warren Wiersbe – Back to the Bible – The Last Seven Words from the Cross = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqyNEIly7tc&list=PL7SX6GaWeL8S-7-VHf0uwcuXSg1q0fJIK
  • Warren Wiersbe – https://www.moodymedia.org/sermons/seven-words-cross/

May the Lord bless you and encourage your hearts because our Savior lives today.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



A Difficult Journey

Psalm 25:4-5

Life is sometimes called a journey.  Over the course of life, each person experiences a variety of events, experiences, and unique situations.  Some of these are pleasant while others can be very difficult.  In Psalm 25, David pictures life not simply as a journey but as a difficult one.

However, David does not desire to go through life on his own.  Rather, David seeks the Lord’s instructions as he journeys through all of his days.  He desires that the LORD show him His ways and teach him His paths.  David wants the LORD to help lead him into a greater knowledge of the truth.  This is all a result of David’s great love for the LORD who is his salvation (Psalm 25:5).

Life is a journey and sometimes the journey can be difficult.  As a result, we should not try to go through our lives on our own.  To do so is like going on a long trip with no directions.  We can follow David’s example by seeking direction from the LORD by spending time in His Word and in prayer.  These two things will help us as we grow in our love for Him. 

If you are not currently seeking Him daily, why not start today?

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Tempter

“The Tempter”

On Sunday mornings, we have been studying the Gospel of Matthew.  This Sunday, we will begin a two-part look at the temptation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-4).  Matthew makes it clear that the “tempter” is the one who tempts Christ.  In Paul’s writings, he too refers to Satan as the tempter of believers today (ex. 1 Thess. 3:5).

Below is a helpful link that discusses Satan as the Tempter as presented in the Dictionary of Bible Themes. 

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/4122-Satan-as-tempter 

Take some time over the next week or two to read the passages in the link.  Satan tempts believers today, but Jesus can help us to overcome him.  How?  Read the Bible and see for yourself.    

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Bible Reading in the New Year 2020

At this time of the year, many people come up with numerous resolutions for things they would like to do in the New Year.  Often times Christians will look to commit to reading the Bible more.  However, sometimes help is needed to maintain a good Bible reading schedule. Below are a series of links that provide a wide variety of Bible reading plans.  Perhaps you will find one that works for you.
 
 
 
 
In addition, below are a few devotional resources that can be used along with daily Bible reading.  This should not replace the Bible but serve as a supplement.  
 
Today in the Word – We receive these monthly devotions at the church.  An electronic version can be found here = https://www.todayintheword.org  
 
 
 
My prayer is that you will seek to read your Bible every day in 2020.  
 
Blessings,  
 
Pastor Steven


From Malachi to Matthew

On Sunday (12/15) we began a new sermon series in the Gospel of Matthew having recently concluded the book of Malachi.  Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament whereas Matthew is the first book in the New Testament.  The period in-between the two books is often called the 400 years of silence.  I prefer calling this period 400 years of prophetic silence because God was still working in history, He simply did not provide any new Biblical revelation.  

 

So what was God doing during this period of time?  Below is a great video that will provide you with an overview of the 400 years of prophetic silence.  I hope you will enjoy Dr. White’s message.  
 
 
Also, here is an additional resource that provides a brief overview of this period – https://www.gotquestions.org/400-years-of-silence.html    
 
Blessings,  
Pastor Steven


Behold The King

Beginning Sunday morning, December 15, we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Behold the King.”  The series will be an exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.  The first four messages will be:
  • Matthew 1:1-17 “The Genealogy of The King”
  • Matthew 1:18-25 “The Birth of The King”
  • Matthew 2:1-12 “A Shepherd For My People”
  • Matthew 2:13-23 “Out of Egypt I Called My Son”

  Below are some resources that you might find helpful as we begin our study through this Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus.  

Blessings,
 
Pastor Steven


2 Thessalonians

“Stand Firm Until He Comes” 2 Thessalonians
 
On Sunday evenings beginning December 1, we will begin a new series in 2 Thessalonians entitled “Stand Firm Until He Comes.” Paul wrote this letter a short time after 1 Thessalonians. The letter was written to correct some doctrinal errors in the church, as well as encourage believers to stand firm until Jesus returns for them. By correcting the doctrinal error, Paul restored their joy, hope, and peace.
 
Below are some resources that you might find helpful as we study this wonderful letter.
 
Dr. Andy Woods – 2 Thessalonians Book overview video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lbqRan_kWA&feature=share
 
 
 
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:18 (NASB)
 
Blessings,
Pastor Steven