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Rod

Ask me questions. Encourage me.

It’s Saturday, but Sunday is coming!

We often focus mainly on Friday and Sunday of this week - His death and His resurrection - but let’s not forget about Saturday.

Jesus previously told his disciples that He would be killed and would rise from the dead three days later.

Friday comes and goes.

Now, it’s Saturday. 

Jesus is dead.
He is in the grave.

Can you imagine what the disciples are feeling at this point? 

The disciples are probably really confused. 
They are hurt. 
They are doubting. 
Their minds are in a fog.

Everything they had left their life for is now gone.

They don’t remember what He told them until the next day when He explains it to them.
They fled when these events started happening the day before.
They had expected Jesus to reign as king.

But He’s in the grave.
He’s dead.
No activity.
No words.
No miracles.
No anything. 

It is a day of darkness for them.
They go back to their normal lives.

Waiting.

And then…
Sunday comes.

The grave is empty!
Jesus is risen!
Jesus appears to them!

HALLELUJAH!

(Source: earthstranger)

Loving People

ohfortunateone:

"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe." - 1 Cor. 1:21

Since moving to Raleigh, I’ve run into quite a few Christians from different churches and different denominations. It can be a very beautiful thing to meet with someone who has come from a Pentecostal church or meet with someone who has come from a Baptist church. Because of this, I’ve met many who differ on how exactly we are to “preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Some say you must preach on the streets. Some say you shouldn’t mention the word predestination until they come up from the baptismal water. There are many different ways genuine believers have gone about preaching the Gospel. I don’t entirely agree with all of them but some of them have proven effective. But then there was one particular method that struck my heart with some pain and agony that I lost sleep for quite some time. It was the method known as “loving people into the Kingdom.”

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“ My generation is gruesomely lonely, but in response, we don’t need another handout, another kind gesture, or a better bible study. We don’t need more people that will merely know our name and address or care for us sporadically and at arms length.

We need big, reimagined, Jesus kind of love, and people willing to sacrifice themselves in order to live it with us. We need people who will love us enough to get messy.

So be deeply involved. Be covered in someone’s tears. Be the person who gets the call at midnight. Be the person who hears the gory details when someone’s marriage or career falls apart. Be the person who tells someone the hard stuff that they need to hear but no one wants to say. Be the person who repeatedly gets someone else’s mud and blood all over you. Be the person who goes home a little uncomfortable at night, not because of your behavior and thoughts, but because you’ve been near enough to someone else’s.

Be a family member to the lonely, messy people of this world, and to my generation. ”

—    Josh Riebock, My Generation

(Source: brotherstories)

“ We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. ”

—    Carson McCullers

(Source: durianquotes, via ryelmo)

“ The idea that ‘the Bible is God’s love letter to you’ has a kernel of truth to it, but it also illustrates how easily we trade the centrality of God’s glory for the centrality of our need. Colossians 1:18 is a dagger in the heart of a human-centered gospel. Christ is the head; Christ is the beginning; Christ is the firstborn; Christ must be preeminent. The explicit gospel, then, magnifies God’s glory as it heralds the supremacy of His Son. The gospel of Colossians 1 is epic; it presents a cross that is cosmic.

The scope of Christ’s reconciling work on the cross spans the brokenness between man and God and the brokenness between earth and heaven. The cross is the linchpin in God’s plan to restore all creation. ”

—    Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

“ No relationship will grow deeper without commitment, honesty, repentance, and grace. ”

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“ Jesus never intended that our enjoyment of His presence would replace the enjoyment of the presence of Christian friends. Christ always intends for your friendship with Him to be the heartbeat of your friendship with others. ”

—    John Piper

(Source: earthstranger)

“ God calls us to trust, not understand. Sometimes ‘come and follow me’ (Matt 4:18) will be all the instruction you get. ”

—    Jake Dudley

oreo:

See how food innovator Michael Voltaggio’s Fanatic Hack flips the script on game time chips.

THIS IS AMAZING!!!

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