Apr 03 2010

Beth Moore

For Good Friday, it was a treat to have Beth Moore on with us to help focus our hearts on what Jesus did for us on this amazing weekend over 2,000 years ago.  Beth referenced a great verse to read today - Isaiah 53 ... which you can read below.  Plus, if you missed any of our conversation, scroll down the page for audio links on what Beth had to share.

Isaiah 53 (The Message)

 1 Who believes what we've heard and seen? Who would have thought God's saving power would look like this?

 2-6The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
   a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
   nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
   a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
   We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
   our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
   that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
   that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
   Through his bruises we get healed.
We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.
   We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong,
   on him, on him.

 7-9He was beaten, he was tortured,
   but he didn't say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
   and like a sheep being sheared,
   he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
   and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
   beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
   threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he'd never hurt a soul
   or said one word that wasn't true.

 10Still, it's what God had in mind all along,
   to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
   so that he'd see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
   And God's plan will deeply prosper through him.

 11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul,
   he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
   will make many "righteous ones,"
   as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I'll reward him extravagantly—
   the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn't flinch,
   because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
   he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

Click Links below to listen to our chat with Beth ...

Introduction to Beth Moore

Breaking Free this Easter

The Power of the Resurrection

The Hope and Power of the Resurrection is for EVERYONE

 

Mar 31 2010

Max Lucado

They say he's the best selling Christian author of all time.

He's a pastor and K-LOVE listener in San Antonio.

He's written 9 books on Easter.

This morning, he helped us get our hearts ready for this important holy weekend.

Max Lucado

To hear our conversation with Max, click the links below:

What Max loves about Easter

How do you say "Lucado" & Easter Saturday

How to explain "Easter" to kids

Max's book "Fearless" and the fear of dying

The hope we have in Christ

Mar 07 2010

25 Days Until Easter

Haiti - "A Call To Fasting & Prayer" from anthony gehin on Vimeo.

We are so moved and inspired by the people of Haiti, who recently took 3 days to fast and pray. As we approach Easter, you may be giving up something up for Lent, or maybe just joining us in a partial fast for the month of March ... all in an attempt to get our hearts really ready for Easter Sunday. Not so much about what we'll wear on Easter or easter eggs and candy, but instead yearning to fully wrap our brains and hearts around the meaning of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection.

Mar 04 2010

31 Days Until Easter

To prepare our hearts for Easter, we've asked you to share your thoughts on fasting something.  Here is the chapter of the Bible that has been sent to us over and over again...

Isaiah 58

True Fasting

1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 'Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?' "Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness [a] will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.