Posts Tagged ‘jesus’

crossdownToday is Good Friday. My hope is that I wouldn’t just see today as another day, but would look to the cross and realize what it cost this man Jesus to get to Resurrection Sunday. The road to the cross was not an easy one, it was one filled with pain, heart break, tears of blood, betrayal, mockery and denial. That Friday was the sacrifice that Jesus made so that we could be free. Jesus willingly went to the cross, like a lamb before the slaughter. He had no control over the resurrection, that was all God. The event that Jesus had control over and chose to walk into out of His love for God and obedience to the father was the cross. Take some time today to read and reflect on Mark 14-15

Today I was reading and came again to the section where it talks about Joseph of Arimathea, and how he asked Pilat for the body of Jesus. The part that stood out is vs. 43 where it say’s “he was also himself looking for the kingdom of God.” This is so beautiful. All others ran from him, those who had followed him for years turned and betrayed Him, but then this man, a member of the council who was not a follower of Jesus, but was just looking for the kingdom of God stepped in and boldly took the body of Jesus to rest.

Where are you at today in your belief in Jesus? Are you a follower of Him, are you searching for the Kingdom? Jesus today is waiting for you, wherever you are at. If you are searching, know that He can be found. Know that he died for you and accepts you where you are at right now. It is beautiful that you are searching for the Kingdom of God, know that it can be found and it is found in Jesus.

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I (Phil Cunningham) have worked with Mission Adventures for the past 15+ years and it has played a huge roll in my life. Mission Adventures has seen ten’s of thousands of students falling in love with Jesus and going on Missions around the world. It is a program that I would recommend to any youth worker/college worker to take their students on. Lives are transformed, not only the lives of the people we are serving, but also the lives of the students participating in the program. Below is a video that some of my friends put together, take a minute or 5 and check it out.

Mission Adventures Promo from YWAM Salem on Vimeo.

Mission Adventures Promo from YWAM Salem on Vimeo.

 

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Today I posted on TwitterThank you for leading me in worship but please don’t tell me what posture I need to take while worshipping Jesus.” I just wanted to take a bit to explain what I meant. I love worshipping Jesus, I am a follower of Him and it is a part of my lifestyle.

On Sunday mornings our church gathers to worship Jesus together. I love those gatherings where we hear from the Word and take time to respond through worship, communion and the giving of tithes. Today I found myself a bit frustrated in our weekly gathering. The worship team was leading us and at one point one of them asked all of us to raise our hands and not just stand there passively. He told us that we need to respond to the words that they were singing “I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned In awe of the one who gave it all, I’ll stand my soul Lord to you surrender all I am is yours.” I love this song and I fully agree with the theology and the words, but I don’t take in literally that I have to stand up and raise my hands while I am singing. Today when the leader told us to do this I kind of felt bullied.

I stood there thinking “I need to do this so that people won’t think that I am being rebellious. I need to do this cause he told me to and if I don’t then he may feel bad, or even worse call me out on it.” All I wanted to do was worship God with the posture that I felt like being in, hands in my pockets, eyes closed and confessing with my mouth and believing in heart that Jesus is good and God. I realized today my own sin and rebelliousness, but also that in the church we sometimes lead people to respond in a way that works with us, not necessarily in a way that God commands.

I don’t mean to be harsh, I was just thinking about it and didn’t want to tweet something random and out there without explanation. Thoughts?

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