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The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Passion – Pastor Rusty Rushing

On Palm Sunday, as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem, the people cried ”Hosanna” which means save us. Jesus came to offer them peace and reconciliation with God. Their passion for Jesus turned to “crucify” because he wasn’t what they wanted.  Jesus Christ had a passion for us, a passion so great that he gave his life for us. Are you passionately in love with Jesus? Are you serving Him as He served you? Matt 21:1-11, Zachariah 9:9, Philippians 2:5-11

Join us each night this week for our Holy Week Scripture Readings as we follow Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion on Good Friday…7pm in the Chapel.

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.04.13.mp3


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Sermon: The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Peace – Rev. Jay Harbinson

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He gives us the kind of peace the world cannot give. Jesus paid the price for that peace on the cross on that Good Friday. It was done for us. Join us as The Rev. Jay Harbinson, retired Lutheran Pastor, takes us back to that day when God gave his one and only son to pay the price for our sins.

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.04.06.mp3


Silent Meditation (11:00 am) — 04.20.2014

Today is the day of salvation for the world… Christ is risen from the dead: arise with him. Christ returns to Himself: you also must return to Him. Christ has come forth from the tomb: free yourselves from the fetters of evil. The gates of hell are open and the power of death is destroyed. The old Adam is superseded, the new perfected. In Christ a new creation is coming to birth: renew yourselves.                                                                    

— Gregory Nazianzen


Silent Meditation (Sunrise) — 04.20.2014

“The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.”

— Peter Marshall


Watchword for the Week — 04.20.2014

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

— Colossians 3:1


Gospel Lesson — 04.13.2014

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

— Matthew 21:1-11


Epistle Lesson — 04.13.2014

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

— Philippians 2:5-11


Silent Meditation — 04.13.2014

Practically everyone has known the taste of Palm Sunday—the sweetness of success and popularity, and nearly all of us have tasted the bitterness of Good Friday, of failure and rejection. What saves us from an endless round of ups and downs, what frees us from the tyranny of events over which we have no control is our commitment to press forward in obedience to God—it is trust in God’s love to bring about Easter morning—knowing that the meaning of life is to be found in the knowledge and love of God, and in sharing that knowledge and love with those who accompany us on the way.

— Rev. Richard J. Fairchild


Watchword for the Week — 04.13.2014

And being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.

— Philippians 2:7,8


Gospel Lesson — 04.06.2014

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

— Luke 23:26, 32-34


Epistle Lesson — 04.06.2014

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

— Romans 8:1-6


Silent Meditation — 04.06.2014

A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do—is to enter into it.

— Dwight L. Moody


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Lent & Easter Schedule

Sunday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship:
We proclaim Jesus as Lord as He takes His rightful place as King.

Sunday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
This is the first of our Holy Week services.
A lovefeast will be observed with the readings from the Passion Week manual.
These readings are all scripture as they tell us the accounts of Jesus’ last days.
(This will be held in the Chapel. If you wish to attend and need a nursery for this
and other services, please call the church office.)

Monday – Wednesday, April 14 – 16, 7:00 p.m.
In the Chapel – Each night there is prayer, a message of the day and the Passion Week Readings. These describe the events of the day for Jesus.

Maundy Thursday, April 17,  7:00 p.m. – Holy Communion
In the Chapel – This is the night Jesus spent His final hours with His disciples.
He broke bread and gave us the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
During the readings, we will partake of Holy Communion.

Good Friday, April 18,  7:00 p.m. – Tenebrae Service
In the Sanctuary – We come to hear the last accounts of Jesus’ life.
We listen and experience what happened as Jesus gives us the ultimate sacrifice.
We leave in silence waiting for the cry that He’s Alive!

Easter Sunday – April 20, 7:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service
We begin in the front of the church to hear “The Lord is Risen!”
The band leads us in singing as we begin our celebration. After the Easter liturgy, the service continues inside with a lovefeast.

8:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast
Following the Sunrise Service, everyone is invited for breakfast. This is for everyone to enjoy just as we do each Sunday. Breakfast will be served until 9:15 a.m. Fellowship time until 9:45 a.m.

9:45am – Sunday School Bible Study will be held from 9:45am  - 10:45am.

11:00 a.m. Easter Celebration Worship Service
We proclaim the life which is available to us through Christ’s death and resurrection.

The preparation and celebration remind us of God’s blessings through His gifts.
We hope you will take the time to realize how much you are blessed!

 


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Sermon – The Path to Calvary: Jesus Is Our Passover – Pastor Rusty Rushing

God created an exit for the Israelites out of Egypt, creating a family of people for him. The Feast of the Passover is a commemoration of this event, reminding the people of what God did for them in sparing their firstborn sons from death. God gave us an exit from our sins by sending his one and only son, Jesus, to be our sacrificial lamb. Jesus blood covers our sins and delivers us from the judgment we so deserve. We commemorate Jesus sacrifice and remember we are washed by the blood of the lamb through Holy Communion. May we never forget the price Jesus paid on the cross for us. Exodus 12:1-13, Exodus 4:22-23, 1 Peter 1:19 and 1 Corinthians 5:7

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.03.30.mp3


Gospel Lesson — 03.30.2014

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

— John 1:29-32


Old Testament Lesson — 03.30.2014

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.

— Exodus 12:1-12


Silent Meditation — 03.30.2014

All the words and events of the Old Covenant had great value, meaning and dignity in and of themselves.  But they also pointed forward to a greater Covenant, to a Person who was the Word made flesh, to a Lamb who saved Israel from a deeper slavery than Pharaoh’s, to an event that would be the culminating moment in human history.  The Word came as a spotless Lamb to offer the perfect sacrifice of love that would outweigh all human evil and therefore take away all sins.

— Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio


Watchword for the Week — 03.30.2014

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

— Psalm 23:6


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Sermon – The Path to Calvary: Jesus Is Our Provision – Pastor Rusty Rushing

God always provides exactly what we need. We need God more than anything and we need a restored relationship with Him. God provided Jesus as our provision to pay for the death we needed. As God sent a lamb to save Isaac, He sent Jesus to save us from our sins. May we live each day in the reality that Jesus is our provision. Genesis 22:1-14 & Romans 5:8-10.

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.03.23.mp3

 


Gospel Lesson — 03.23.2014

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

— John 4:5-42


Old Testament Lesson — 03.23.2014

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

— Genesis 22:1-14


Silent Meditation — 03.23.2014

Have you been holding back from a risky, costly course to which you know in your heart God has called you? Hold back no longer. Your God is faithful to you, and adequate for you. You will never need more than He can supply, and what He supplies, both materially and spiritually, will always be enough for the present.

— J. I. Packer


Lent Turn Away From Sin

Sermon – The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Promise – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rusty begins our Lenten series today with ‘Jesus Is Our Promise.’ Jesus path to Calvary begins with our sin. We live in a world tainted and corrupted by sin. It is not the world God created. All hope is not lost – through God’s grace he provided a means for us to be restored. His son Jesus came to save us from our sins. Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, why not do it now and let Jesus walk with you through your pain and suffering. Genesis 3:1-15, Matthew 1:21-22 and John 3:16.

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.03.16.mp3


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March 2014 Newsletter

Read the March 2014 Little Church Press by selecting Little Church Newsletter under Links.

Highlights:
Pastor Rusty’s Thoughts and Reflections
Congregation Luncheon March 23
Stewardship
“The Acts of Our Hands” Spiritual Life Retreat
Greetings from Helen Gulledge
and more news


Gospel Lesson — 03.16.2014

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

— Matthew 1:18-25


Old Testament Lesson — 03.16.2014

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

— Genesis 3:1-15


Silent Meditation — 03.16.2014

As you gaze upon the cross, and long for conformity to him, be not weary or fearful because you cannot express in words what you seek. Ask him to plant the cross in your heart. Believe in him, the crucified and now living one, to dwell within you, and breathe his own mind there.

— Andrew Murray


Watchword for the Week — 03.16.2014

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

— John 3:16


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Sermon – Expiation – Rev. Tom Shelton

Rev. Tom Shelton, retired, brings our message today.
Expiation, The atonement for our sins, Romans 3:22-31 and Isaiah 53:4-6.
All of our happiness was bought with a price. Do you know the price Christ paid for you? Christ satisfied the need for our punishment by going to the cross that we should have died on. He was wounded for our transgressions. God loves us so much he gave his life for us.
What have you done for Christ? Have you been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb?

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.03.09.mp3


Gospel Lesson — 03.09.2014

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

— Matthew 4:1-11


Epistle Lesson — 03.09.2014

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

— Romans 3:21-26


Time of Silence — 03.09.2014

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

— James 1:12


Silent Meditation — 03.09.2014

Beloved, let the fact of what our Lord suffered for you grip you, and you will never again be the same.

— Oliver B. Greene


Watchword for the Week — 03.09.2014

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

— Psalm 32:11


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Leodicea – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:14-22 & John 10:10
Lukewarm Living
Today’s sermon concludes the Letters to the 7 Churches in Revelation. The church in Leodicea received the most stern condemnation of the 7 churches. They lacked compassion and Christ-centered works. They were spiritually poor and needed Jesus. They were living for self instead of living for Christ. Jesus was telling them to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ in faith. Jesus was not happy with their lukewarm living but he loves them. Are you living to satisfy yourself or Jesus Christ? Are you producing souls for the kingdom? Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Are you willing to answer the door?

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.03.02.mp3


Gospel Lesson — 03.02.2014

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

— Matthew 17:1-9


Epistle Lesson — 03.02.2014

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

— 2 Peter 1:16-21


Time of Silence — 03.02.2014

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

— Hebrews 4:14


Silent Meditation — 03.02.2014

To a true child of God, the invisible bond that unites all believers to Christ is far more tender, and lasting, and precious; and, as we come to recognize and realize that we are all dwelling in one sphere of life in Him, we learn to look on every believer as our brother, in a sense that is infinitely higher than all human relationships. This is the one and only way to bring disciples permanently together. All other plans for promoting the unity of the Church have failed.

— Arthur Tappan Pierson


Watchword for the Week — 03.02.2014

God said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with whom I am well pleased; listen to him!

— Matthew 17:5


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Philadelphia – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:7-13
Open Outreach
In His letter to the Church in Philadelphia Christ commends them for their faith and for standing firm as they are persecuted. Christ has opened a door of opportunity for them to reach out into the community to share the gospel, and no one can stand in their way or close the door. Are you standing firm on God’s word? How is God using you to share his gospel?

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.02.23.mp3


Gospel Lesson — 02.23.2014

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

— Matthew 5:38-48


Epistle Lesson — 02.23.2014

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

— 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,


Time of Silence — 02.23.2014

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

— 2 Peter 3: 8-9


Silent Meditation — 02.23.2014

He is intangible and invisible. But His work is more powerful than the most ferocious wind. The Spirit brings order out of chaos and beauty out of ugliness. He can transform a sin-blistered man into a paragon of virtue. The Spirit changes people. The Author of life is also the Transformer of life.

— R. C. Sproul


Watchword for the Week — 02.23.2014

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

— 1 Corinthians 3:11


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Sardis – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:1-6
Absent Authenticity
In His letter to the Church in Sardis Christ tells them they have an outstanding reputation, but their reputation is not what it appears to be. They are dwelling in their past glory, but in the present they are dead. They are encouraged to strengthen what life they have left and become active in the sight of God. In their complacency they have failed to represent Christ.  Christians bear Christ’s name so we must be authentic in our representation of him. If Jesus was writing a letter to you today, what would he say to you? Is your representation of Christ true?

www.littlechurchonthelane.com/audio/2014.02.16.mp3

 


Gospel Lesson — 02.16.2014

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

— Matthew 5:21-37