PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Today is Ascension Day, and that means that it is a day of great joy for all who believe that Christ rules the world and our lives. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, … Continue reading A Worship Service – Celebrating the Ascension of our Lord
“Blessed are those who mourn” is, paradoxically, a more necessary message than “Rejoice in the Lord always,” because there can be no true rejoicing until we have stopped running away from mourning. - Simon Tugwell, The Beatitudes The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of Him who bears all suffering … Continue reading Reflections on “Those Who Mourn”
Revival begins when all eyes are on Jesus, revival ends when all attention is cast on the gifts, blessings, and manifestations of revival. When we ask, “What does Jesus Christ want of me today?” Revival begins in our hearts for that moment, for that hour, for that day. “What does Jesus want of me … Continue reading What does Jesus Christ want of you today?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer poured out his own life at the hands of the Nazis because he refused to allow the church to be a tool of oppression. His Christian classic, Life Together, outlines the essential principles of Christian fellowship, gleaned in the backdrop of the German underground. Here are a few insights and quotes from the … Continue reading Gleanings from Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer