This week, Jon spoke about Simon, Peter and his nickname “The Rock”. We followed his path through the highs and lows in following Jesus and saw how Peter’s story reflected our own path in becoming who Jesus envisions us to be.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32
Jon Osmond offered us a message on Christ’s love through the story of Judus’ betrayal this past Sunday. We learn that at the depth of our human failing we are met with the depth of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
“When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?” He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!” Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”- Matthew 26
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Jordan Duerrstein delivered the second message of our Lent series: Finding Your Self at the Cross. Jordan spoke on John and his evolving reputation from a “Son of Thunder” to a “Writer of Love”.
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We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
We began our Lent series this past Sunday by looking at the unlikely followers of Jesus: Joseph, a rich politician, and Nicodemus, a religious Pharisee. These rich and religious men used discretion in following Jesus but are seen stepping out in in courageous acts in devotion to Christ when they are at the Cross. The story of these followers offers us an opportunity for us to examine how publicly we proclaim our own faith and where we have opportunities to step out in courage.
Jon concluded our series on the Psalms this past Sunday at FreeChurch with a look at Psalm 146. This Psalm of praise demonstrates our journey to get to hallelujah – how through placing our trust in the Lord we can navigate the peaks and valleys and find resolve in praise.
“Any prayer, no matter how desperate it’s origin, no matter how angry and fearful the experiences it traverses, ends up in praise. It does not always get there quickly or easily – the trip can take a life-time – but the end is always praise.” – Eugene Peterson