Archive for April, 2011

Matters of Life and Death

The past week of celebrations should have in some way engaged the mind of any believer to think about life and death.  In play are the life and death of Jesus Christ the Son of God, as well as our own personal life and death.

At Goss Memorial we looked this past Sunday at I Corinthians 15:12-28 which talked about matters of life and death.  We will continue as we study this chapter in depth over the next couple Sundays.  A few challenging thoughts for you:

  • Is your life pitiful if you don’t have any hope for beyond the grave?  The Bible says it is.
  • Trying to explain the resurrection of Jesus by natural means strips the entire event of its power.
  • The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are couched in the language of being saved.  Can we lift our voices and hearts in praise to Jesus for His powerful display which saves us from eternal suffering?
So, what is life and death to you?  To Jesus, life and death began with belief.  If we have belief in Jesus, we have life.  If we don’t believe in Jesus, we don’t have the fullest of life on this earth and we certainly don’t have life forever in heaven?  Is it life and death to get the house project done?  To watch that show?  Are the souls of the lost around you as important to you as the other things which garner your attention?
Life.  Death.  Jesus died so we could have life.  I hope that’s important to you and I hope those who live near and work with you know it too.
In Christ,
Pastor Kevin
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Good Friday

Good.  Death on a cross, blood spilled, flesh ripped and torn.  Good.

Jesus Christ, our peace, our hope, our righteousness.  Died.  Brutally.  And it’s Good.

Today is Good Friday.  We will gather at Goss tonight at 7:00 p.m. for anyone who wants to come and ponder the depths of God’s grace. Please, if nothing else, please take some time today to give thanks and meditate on the glory of God.  Turn the TV off, read the Gospel accounts, soak in what Christ did for you and for me.

Here are a few links that will help you think.

The cross was planned from the foundation of the world.

The reality of suffering on the cross.

No good news without the cross.

I pray God’s richest blessings on you.  If you are stopping by to read this and have any question about how to have a relationship with God or why you should, please contact us using the info on the home page of the website.  It’s why we exist!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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4-10-11 I Corinthians 14:26-40

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Holy Week timeline

Ever wonder what the week leading up to Calvary and the Resurrection would have been like?  I found this diagram that tracks all the major ‘characters’ in the story of the Holy Week.  I found it pretty fascinating and wanted to share it with all of you!  As confusing as it seems at first glance, it explains very well what the different individuals and groups of people were doing during the week, all according to scripture.  However, please remember, parts of the chart is an interpretation, as the timing of some of the events during the Holy Week are up for debate.

To see a larger image of the diagram, click the picture or link below.

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Blessings,

Josh

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Spiritual Emphasis Week Is Coming!!

Greetings!

We are very excited for the week to come.  Christians everywhere unite under the main truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  A seemingly splintered body throughout the year gathers in unity during this week.

At Goss we are going to take a week’s worth of special services and unpack our next stop in our I Corinthians series.  If you want to read ahead, we will be in I Corinthians 15:1-11 in various ways in each of our special services.  Here is a quick layout of what will take place.

Sunday, April 17 – Dinner and Evening Service

We’ll gather at 5:32 p.m. for dinner and a service will follow which will challenge us with the true essence what the Gospel is, what the Gospel isn’t, and why it all matters to us.  NOTE:  Children’s ministry for children of all ages will be available.

Wednesday, April 20 – Dinner and Prayer Service

Dinner will begin by 6:00 p.m. and we’ll gather in the sanctuary at 7:00 for an evening of worship and prayer.  Come hungry to worship through praise and music and battle in prayer warfare for the Gospel to be effective in our lives and in our church’s ministries.  NOTE:  Children’s ministry for children of all ages will be available.

Thursday, April 21 – Communion Service (Maundy Thursday)

“Maundy ” is a word which comes from the Latin and refers to “commands”.  Christ commanded his believers to remember him always.  We will focus in on the truth that Christ died for our sins.  Do we remember him in our lives, and each time we take communion?

Friday, April 22 – Good Friday

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.  This little phrase in I Corinthians 15 is powerful.  Come this evening as we explore the depths of God’s love for us and the power of Jesus’ sacrifice to pay for our sins.

Resurrection Sunday – I Corinthians 15:12-28.  Is Our Faith Useless?

8:30 – Youth-Led “Sunrise” Service

9:15 – Breakfast (offering will be taken to offset the cost of the breakfast)

10:30 – Morning Worship

2011 Easter Offering – This year’s special Easter offering will benefit two local causes.  We’ll split the proceeds of this year’s offering between the KMA’s need for Bible distribution to Kenmore High School graduating seniors and Project Shine, a local missions organization connecting people to Christ through basic home improvement in the Kenmore community.

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Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus entered Jerusalem, “And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9 ESV)

Hoshana (הושענא) is a Hebrew word meaning please save or save now.

Hosanna (ὡσαννά, hōsanna) is a Greek word meaning a cry of praise or adoration.

‘Hosanna’ is a cry for salvation and a cry of praise.  I can’t help thinking what would it have been like to have been in the crowd welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem.  Would I have thought He was the messiah, or would I have doubted?  Would I have been impressed or disappointed that he showed up on a donkey?  There certainly appeared to be a tone of excitement, wonderment, and hope among the people who were gathered.

It is mind boggling to me just how quickly the story changes, though.  The first recorded thing Jesus does while in Jerusalem is storm the Temple and overturn the tables.  Perhaps it makes a bit of sense that the same people who were crying ‘Hosanna’ became frustrated with Him.  He wasn’t what they expected.  He wasn’t what they wanted in a Savior.

The following questions come to my mind:  Is the true Jesus what we want in a Savior?  Or have we changed aspects of Him to make Him into the Savior we want Him to be, not who we need?  Are we content that he came to forgive sins and not to overthrow political establishments and instill order in a world of chaos?  If Jesus showed up to Akron Ohio, and Goss Memorial Church, what tables would He overturn?

My hope and prayer for all of us during the Easter season is that we would revisit that incredible week that changed the world.  I hope pondering Christ’s death and resurrection will change our hearts and minds again.

Blessings,

Josh

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4-3-11 I Corinthians 14:1-25

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