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We are gathering food in partnership with Raleigh Dream Center for families who have need this holiday season. Here is how you and your friends or coworkers can get involved:
-Drop off food items by Sunday, November 1st in the lobby or outfront in the bin
-Write a check to: Raleigh Dream Center, memo: “turkeys” and place the check in the giving box on the welcome table. Turkeys will be purchased then delivered to families.
-Sign up to volunteer during a food distribution or to help organize the warehouse: https://raleighdreamcenter.org/covid-19-2/
**Please no glass containers or items that need to be refrigerated.
Instant mashed potatoes
Canned vegetables and beans
Sugar and flour
Pie crust and pie filling
Broth (chicken and beef)
Macaroni and cheese
Downloadable list to take take to the store: https://hbcnr-video.s3.amazonaws.com/Sermons/RDC_FoodDrive_Single.pdf
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Each ministry year, we have a new year theme. It’s purpose is to help us concentrate on a central idea in the Scriptures over a year’s time.
2020-2021 year theme is:
Hold Fast means to cling tightly to convictions about Christ in mind and heart and will. Many people feel tossed to and fro by the winds and waves of doctrines and life right now. Jesus is our hold fast. And Jesus holds fast to us.
Our theme verse, hand painted and hung in our worship center is:
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23.
The phrase HOLD FAST is used 36 times in the Bible, most of which are an urgent call to HOLD FAST because of who we know Jesus to be.
Life as Christians can feel like a stampede is running the opposite direction of Christ. We are tempted in every way to hold on to things that consistently fail us. So we aim to HOLD FAST to Jesus, God’s Word, one another, and to help others HOLD FAST to Jesus as well.
This year, we will be studying the books of Hebrews, Ruth and Joel as well as multiple HOLD FAST passages throughout our Bibles.
Lord willing, as a result this time next year, we will…
-Be stronger knowing Jesus holds fast to us.
-Reason that holding fast to Jesus makes sense.
-Stop holding what is holding us back.
-Have our hopes set in the Lord.
Excited for another great year ahead!
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Matthew 28 says that Mary and Mary ran from the empty tomb to tell the disciples that Jesus rose. As they were running, they ran into guess who?! Jesus! And Jesus said: “Greetings!” That Jesus said “Greetings” makes me laugh. I regularly wish I had chosen better words after conversations. Jesus never gets anything wrong, so this word must have been perfect. Jesus not only rose from the dead but is relationally engaging with His disciples immediately and He still does today. All authority is His because He rose from the dead. He is with us to the end of the age because He rose from the dead.
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Good Friday Fasting
In Mark 2:18-20, some people asked Jesus why others fasted but His disciples were not fasting. Jesus said it was because He was with His disciples and that His disciples would fast when He is no longer physically here. That time is now. We fast because He is not here, but He is risen! Jesus is not here but He hears. We lose our way, Jesus lights it. We cry for help, God is our help.
Fasting is a temporary time of not-eating in order to, 1) Commit typical meal prep, eating and clean up time to prayer and to, 2) Illustrate our dependence on God as our provider and sustainer. Jesus said, “When you fast” not “If” then taught us not to fast as some do, to be seen and to impress people, but in order to draw near to our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:16-18). Fast a meal or more today. Fasting creates space to pray and reflect, worship and love God. The goal is drawing near to God and God drawing near to us. If you fast the entire day, we will break the fast tonight with communion during our Good Friday worship service.
Read Matthew 26-27. Observe our Lord, His love and His Sacrifice.
Pray for 5-10 minutes starting all sentences with “Thank You Jesus for…”. Finish all of those sentences with who He is, what He has done, what He has said, what He is going to do, the things He has provided for you by His grace.
Pray for 5-10 minutes confessing your sin, really allowing the Spirit to reveal any unclean way within you.
Pray for 5-10 minutes being grateful that you have been washed clean by Jesus and your standing before God is all because of Jesus and not you.
Pray for 5-10 minutes about what God is showing you personally during this season of coronavirus. Let the Lord use this trial to produce in you steadfastness in your faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray for 5-10 minutes for your loved ones.
Pray for 5-10 minutes for our church family.
During the remainder of the day, pray for the following:
This pandemic is opening people’s eyes about many things. We feel them too. What is really precious in life? What is most important? Who is most important? What is most enduring? Who is most enduring? What is actually worthy of my worship and attention? Pray that people all over the world will recognize that Jesus Christ is the only rock and all else is shifting sand (Matthew 7:24-27). Pray that people would recognize that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow while all else is constantly changing (Hebrews 13:8). Pray that people would ask Jesus, who came to us, for forgiveness of their sins and new life rather than trying to work their way to God (Romans 10:9). Pray for specific countries you have heard about in the news. Pray for friends you have who are from other countries.
Tens of thousands have died from coronavirus. Many more than that are sick. Their loved ones are devastated and scared. Pray the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) will be near to them and make Himself known as their Comforter. Pray they would feel that God is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Pray for economic recovery for nations and neighborhoods. Pray that eyes would be opened to needs in our communities to be addressed with our loving effort now and for years to come.
Wisdom for our Leaders
World leaders are faced with very difficult decisions about lives versus livelihood, both of which have terrible consequences if the leaders shift too much in one direction. Medical professionals and scientists are racing to create testing, treatments and vaccines while needing to yield to the wise timelines of safety. Pray that God, who appointed and gifted these leaders for such a time as this, will direct them (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Pray these leaders will pray. Pray these leaders will lead as servants.
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Today is “Maundy Thursday”. As a kid, I used to think, “Who got confused and called ‘Thursday’ ‘Maundy’ and what accent is that anyway?!” “Maundy” is the shortened Latin word “mandatum” which means command. So… “Commandment Thursday.”
There are three great commandments that Jesus gives and they form our culture as a church: Love God, Love One Another, Love Others. Love God and Love others comes from Matthew 22:37-39, “The greatest commandment is you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.” Love one another is from John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give you to love one another … they will know you are my disciples by your love for one another.”
Jesus commanded us to love one another during His last night with His disciples, during the last supper on Thursday night in the upper room. The big line he delivered was, love one another.
Our love for one another has really been on display during this Covid-19 season as we interact in virtual small groups, comments during the livestream plus the countless texts and calls and meme-sharing. Distance makes the heart grow fonder! So today…
- Thank God for one another
- Love one another using some encouraging texts
- Pray for one another, all day long, and let us know when you do
- Call a friend in the church and pray together for one another
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Church, here’s how we can help our City right now…
Our friends at Raleigh Dream Center have been asked by Wake County Public School System and Wake County Human Services to coordinate meal give-aways at many local communities. RDC does the coordinating, WCPSS makes the meals, packages the meals and delivers the meals to the site. They need us to receive the packaged meals, put a meal on a table, step back and allow someone under 18 years old to take the meal. It is very simple but very helpful right now.
Heather, Erik, Courtney and Jamie have served in this way in the last 3 weeks at Casa de Luna where we have handed groceries, played soccer with the kids and shared the gospel over the years. This opportunity is just as easy as Jeremy with RDC says it is: bless our neighbors who need food, it’s social distancing compliant and is a bullseye for serving our community right now.
Here is what you need to know: It’s Monday – Friday, 11-1. Check out the sites where you can serve (closer to home or work than you might think!) Look over the schedule for when volunteers are needed and sign up.
Here is a video explanation from our friend Jeremy with RDC.
Raleigh, You Are Loved!
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Easter is usually high time for the church. There are outreach events to love the community, special musical arrangements, higher attendance, family visiting from out of town, deviled eggs (ironic) and too cute four-year-old girls in their Easter dresses. I’ve heard Easter called, “The Superbowl for Churches”.
This Easter, church will be different. The church will be home on our couches or at our kitchen tables watching the livestream or pre-recorded service or email devotional walk-through from our pastor and worship leader. This Good Friday and Easter, the simple truths of the gospel will be communicated through simple means, without the volume and the environment, the refreshments and extras. Easter will feel quite different.
The word “quaint” means “attractively unusual or old-fashioned”. Synonyms for quaint are “charming” and “sweet”.
Good Friday and Easter this year will be attractively unusual and old-fashioned. The gospel alone will stand alone. And it will be enough. It always has been, always will be and the gospel is enough today. That God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life. That God’s love is demonstrated for us in this that while yet sinners, Christ died for us. That we can say, “O Hell, where is your victory?! Oh death, where is your sting?!” because Jesus rose from the grave and through faith in Jesus, we will one day also rise to be with Him for eternity.
What quaint Truths about the Lord Jesus are rising in you this Easter?
Hope beyond heartaches here #thankYouJesus
You will wipe away every tear #thankYouJesus
My sins are forgiven #thankYouJesus
You made a way for me #thankYouJesus
I have new life, eternal life #thankYouJesus
You love with everlasting love #thankYouJesus
These gospel Truths are not quaint, not at all. They are enormous. They will stand alone this year, which will be unusual, but attractive and old-fashioned.
Easter is usually high time for the church. It will be this year too … because everything about Jesus is exactly the same.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.