Celebrate Jesus 2 – There All Along

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:28-34

Mr. Hooper Dilemma on Sesame Street

https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_1839

Sigmund Freud famously said: “And finally there is the painful riddle of death, for which no remedy at all has yet been found, nor probably will ever be!”
https://www.independent.org/publications/article.asp?id=1668

 

  • WELCOME: Happy Easter week after and welcome to Central Church of Christ, a people called out by God to Show His Love, Tell His Story, and Be His Family. Today we continue a brand new message series from the Bible called, “Celebrate Jesus.” In this series we will walk each Sunday from Easter (Apr 4) to Pentecost (May 23) through an exciting Bible timeline of the appearances of Jesus to the church.

 

  • Now here we have 2 men walking from Jerusalem to their home town of Emmaus.  Distance of 12 km

From Jerusalem to Emmaus, which is described as being 60 stadia (10.4 to 12 km depending on what definition of stadion is used) from Jerusalem.

 

And when Mary Magdalene stood by the empty tomb (not knowing she was talking to angels) it says that the angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

And she replies “They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put him.” John 20:13

Saddest Verse “… we had hoped (repeat that) that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel…” Luke 24:21

 

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him – if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

(I Corinthians 15:12b-20)

 

“…what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that HE APPEARED

  • to Peter,
  • and then to the Twelve.
  • After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
  • Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
  • and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

(I Corinthians 15:3-8)

 

Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us “since the children have flesh and blood in common, He also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death – that is, the Devil – and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the FEAR OF DEATH.” (HCSB)

 

A poet named Calvin Miller once wrote this poem:

“I once scorned ev’ry fearful thought of death, when it was but the end of pulse and breath,

But now my eyes have seen that – past the pain – there is a world that’s waiting to be claimed.

Earthmaker, Holy, let me now depart, for living’s such a temporary art,

And dying is but getting dressed for God, our graves are merely doorways cut in sod.”

 

“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.” Luke 24:15-16

 

People Struggling with Death

  • 1st – He listened to them.
  • Next, Jesus reminded them of the promises from Scripture.

“… beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

  • Lastly, He gave them something physical to hang their faith on. The Table & Bread

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” Luke 24:30-31

World War 2 – Sleep with Bread
http://pennylhunt.com/sleeping-with-bread/

Jesus has been there with you all along!

 


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HalfMarathon Results

The results are in. We are winners in God’s sight because of Jesus!

We enjoyed the race in Jamestown today as well and I’m proud of the love and perseverance of all our runners and fans today enduring driving rain and chilly conditions. God blessed us with a lot of love today. Here are some of the results & awards of our team as every member finished their race! We had seven top 3 finishers in their age/gender categories with Lauren and Gabriel scoring the first place title!

10k (6.2 miles)
Lauren Turner – 1st Place – Female 19 & Under
1:08:32 time – 11:05 pace

 
Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Mary Lankford – 2 Place – Female 20-29
2:09:09 time – 9:51 pace
Topher Wiles
2:11:42 time – 10:03 pace
Gabriel Wiles – 1st Place – Male 19 & Under
2:11:43 time – 10:03 pace
Ty Webb – 2nd Place – Male 50-59
2:12:03 time – 10:04 pace
David Smith – 2nd Place – Male 20-29
2:54:38 time – 13:19 pace
Joanna Pesson – 3rd Place – Female 60-69
3:04:47 time – 14:06 pace
Les Tubb – 2nd Place – Male 70+
3:04:47 time – 14:06 pace
John Smith
3:31:56 time – 16:10 pace
 
Special thanks to our fans encouraging us along the way in the freezing rain! Becky Tubb (and niece), Karen Turner, April Smith, Patrick Lankford, Ashley Wiles, Ethan Wiles, Micah Wiles, and Clara Wiles!
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
 

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Announcements 4/11/21

Here is a preview of the announcement slides that will play in the lobby during services on Sunday, 4/11/21. 
To watch the video on Youtube click here: https://youtu.be/FO3lysKh4DA

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Celebrate Jesus 1 – First Fruits

      • INTRO: Celebration of First Fruits

On this morning when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we’re going to start with a journey back to our Jewish roots with a look at one of the seven Feasts, or festivals that were prescribed by God in the Old Testament as a picture of the Messiah, Jesus. Many of you know of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread that Jesus fulfilled feasts completely and exactly.

He came into Jerusalem on the very day the Passover lambs were set aside for slaughter, was nailed to the cross at the exact time the Passover lambs were being prepared for slaughter in the Temple, and then died at the exact moment the lambs were being slain in the Temple. He was then buried at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. At that time, he took our leaven, our sin, upon Himself and carried it to the grave.

This morning, we’ll look at the third of these feasts, the one that Jewish disciples of Christ should have been celebrating on Easter Sunday;  the Feast of Firstfruits.

      • WELCOME: Happy Easter and welcome to Central Church of Christ, a people called out by God to Show His Love, Tell His Story, and Be His Family. Today we begin a brand new message series from the Bible called, “Celebrate Jesus.” In this series we will walk each Sunday from Easter (Apr 4) to Pentecost (May 23) through an exciting Bible timeline of the appearances of Jesus to the church.
      • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The instructions for observing the Feast of Firstfruits is found in Leviticus, chapter 23. This passage immediately follows the passage that set forth the instructions for the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread.

 

9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, ’When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 ’And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 ’Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 ’Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its libation, a fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ’Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.- Leviticus 23:9-14

 

There are three main principles associated with the Feast of Firstfruits:

  • The offering of the very best
  • The promise of a future harvest
  • The making holy of the whole
      • JESUS FULFILLED THE FIRST FRUITS

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.

Luke 24:1

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. Matthew 28:1

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering. – Romans 8:3

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, – 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

      • CLOSE: Once again this is all exciting information on Easter Resurrection Sunday, but the important question remains. What does all this mean for me?

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:21-24

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures. – James 1:18

 


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New Worship Guidelines

We are excited about three ways to join together for worship of our Lord on Easter Sunday. You can join us in the south parking lot at 9am for drive-in style outdoor worship or you can join us in the auditorium and the livestream at 10am for worship.  All guidelines for worship are below! 
The big ideas are: wear a mask, sit every other pew, and auditorium worshippers should hang outside in the north annex parking lot until 9:45am.  Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!
 
 

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LTAI #5 – Peace

Scripture Reading: John 14:23-27
 
Wilmer McLean – Appomattox
 
Welcome to Central Church of Christ: Not a place, but a people called out by God to Show His Love, Tell His Story, and Be His Family. Today we begin a new message series from the Bible called, “Let’s Talk About It” exploring some of the common mental health struggles people, even Christians deal with, and how Christ through His Word can help. Please turn to the disciples story with the storms of life in John 14:23-27 as we prepare for today’s Let’s Talk About It Topic: Peace
  • “In this world you will experience trouble…” John 16:33b
  • “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12
Victor Frankl – “You cannot always control your circumstances, but you have the power to control your response to your circumstances.”
http://www.mindforlife.org/power-of-choice-freedom-over-circumstances/
 
  • Psalm 34:14 “Turn from evil and do good…seek peace and pursue it.”
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John” 14:27
  • “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
  • “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16b-18)
  • Isaiah 26:1-3 “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
    Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
    Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
    Hebrews 12:14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
    Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
    Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
    1 Peter 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
    Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    James 3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  • Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
  • “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
 
Oliver Cromwell’s Servant – “Then, master, why not let Him rule the present, too?”
https://www.peacecovenantpckw.com/pastors-weekly-newsletter-may-242019/
 
There’s a Fountain Free
1. There’s a fountain free, ’tis for you and me: Let us haste, oh, haste to its brink; ’Tis the fount of love from the Source above, And He bids us all freely drink.
• Refrain: Will you come to the fountain free? Will you come? ’Tis for you and me; Thirsty soul, hear the welcome call: ’Tis a fountain opened for all.
2. There’s a living stream, with a crystal gleam: From the throne of life now it flows; While the waters roll let the weary soul Hear the call that forth freely goes.
3. There’s a rock that’s cleft and no soul is left That may not its pure waters share; ’Tis for you and me, and its stream I see: Let us hasten joyfully there.
From <https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Theres_a_Fountain_Free/>

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Ministry Luncheon Tomorrow

Central Reminder: Tomorrow is the Elders, Deacons, Ministry Leaders Lunch Meeting! All leaders of ministries come ready to talk about big idea progress, problems, and plans. Grilled burgers, brats, & more will be served at 11:45am in the Central Pavilion. It’s an exciting time as we re-energize & restart ministries!


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LTAI #4 – Fear

Welcome to Central Church of Christ: Not a place, but a people called out by God to Show His Love, Tell His Story, and Be His Family. Today we begin a new message series from the Bible called, “Let’s Talk About It” exploring some of the common mental health struggles people, even Christians deal with, and how Christ through His Word can help.  Please turn to the disciples story with the storms of life in John 19:7-11 as we prepare for today’s Let’s Talk About It Topic.

FEAR

The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” – John 19:7-11
 
Pontius Pilate: According to Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews (18.4.1–2), Pilate’s removal as governor occurred after Pilate slaughtered a group of armed Samaritans at a village called Tirathana near Mount Gerizim.The Samaritans, claiming not to have been armed, complained to Lucius Vitellius the Elder, the governor of Syria (term 35–39), who had Pilate recalled to Rome to be judged by Tiberius.
From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontius_Pilate#Removal_and_later_life>

The church historian Eusebius (Church History 2.7.1), writing in the early fourth century, claims that “tradition relates that” Pilate committed suicide after he was recalled to Rome due to the disgrace he was in.[98] Eusebius dates this to 39.
From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontius_Pilate#Removal_and_later_life>

42% of people 2019 survey – fear Death

Hebrews 2:14-15: Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
 

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;I myself will see him with my own eyes— I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27

 

In Hosea 13:14 God promised His people: “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! ….”

 

And the 23rd Psalm has these comforting words: 

“Yea though I walk through the valley of the SHADOW OF DEATH, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”

Article

The 19 yr. old was cited for reckless driving, 4th-degree assault and 3 counts of reckless endangerment after holding his breath in a tunnel. 

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-holding-breath-in-oregon-tunnel-causes-three-car-crash/)

 

In John 5:24 Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

 

And in John 6:40 He said“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

And, of course, one of the most famous quotes in Scripture is found in John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Revelation 1:5 says: Jesus Christ… (is) the firstborn from the dead…”


In 
Matthew 16:21 we’re told that “From (the time His disciples saw Jesus transfigured on the Mountain) Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

 

In fact, Jesus mentioned it so often, that the Jewish leaders went to Pilate and said: “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

Matthew 27:63-64

 

“…what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.” I Corinthians 15:3-9

 

3 Converts
https://www.famous-trials.com/jesustrial/1051-evangeliststestimony
https://www.amazon.com/Observations-history-evidences-resurrection-observations/dp/1171026951
https://www.amazon.com/Who-Moved-Stone-Frank-Morison/dp/0310295610/ref=sr_1_1?crid=PZG2Z2XWH8LD

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O grave, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:51-57

 

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Central Parking on Easter Sunday

We’re excited to celebrate our risen Savior and three worship experiences for Easter Sunday this year! Here is our tentative parking plan for the 9am drive-in worship service and the 10am auditorium worship service. We will continue to livestream at 10am also. Have a blessed day!
 

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Spring Cleaning with Dave Weber

Make sure to thank Dave Weber when you see him for pressure washing the front steps of the church building!  

Don’t forget, we have a church spring cleaning workday coming up on this Saturday from 8am-Noon!  
Sign up for a specific project here: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A48A9A62FABFE3-central1

View a list of potential projects below

2021 Central Spring Cleaning List – MAIN BUILDING

  • Outside Entryways
    • North
      • Pressure Wash Carport Concrete
      • Pressure Wash chalk drawings on Walls
      • Pressure Wash algae buildup down corner of ladies classroom
      • Install LED Light Bulb (x1)
      • Clean Cobwebs
    • Main
      • Pressure Wash Steps – (completed on 3/18/21 by Dave Weber)
      • Install LED Light Bulbs (x2)
      • Clean Cobwebs
      • Trim Bushes (completed on 3/10/21)
      • Straighten the front sign in the case
      • Wirebrush & paint the black handrails
      • Re-paint 3” Wide Yellow safety stripe on front steps
    • South
      • Pressure Was Carport Concrete
      • Install LED Light Bulb (x1)
      • Clean Cobwebs
    • Lobby
      • Swiffer/Vaccuum Steps
        • Down to Nursery
        • Up to Technology Loft
      • Replace Missing Stair Treads down to Nursery (Completed on 3/11/21)
      • Hang Scripture Decorations in the Lobby
      • Vacuum Curtains & Lampshades in the Lobby
      • Wipe/Clean out the overhead light boxes
      • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spot by front door
      • Wipe/Clean the floor registers (x2)
      • Wipe/Clean the baseboards
      • Clean Main PVC Rug in Entry Way
        • Take it outside to wash
        • Vacuum dust out of rug holding area
      • Auditorium
        • Vacuum All Pews
        • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spots (with lift)
        • Dust the ceiling fan blades (with lift)
        • Trim loose threads on pulpit pews and carpet fringe
        • Touch up the Communion Table with furniture Marker
        • Clean all Carpet (Completed on 3/11/21)
        • Dust/Vacuum the front artificial plants
      • Baptistry
        • Paint Killz on the door frame
        • Take out old rusted metal cabinets and put in new plastic shelves
      • Technology Loft
        • Sweep the Security area
        • Vacuum the AV Booth
      • Minister’s Office
        • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spots
      • Youth Minister’s Office
        • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spots
      • Library
        • Sweep Room
        • Wipe Clean East Wall
        • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spots
        • Move Black filing cabinet to teacher’s workroom
      • Ladies Classroom
        • Vacuum Pew
        • Sweep Room
        • Paint Killz on Ceiling Wet Spots
        • Move tables back to Annex
      • Nursery Downstairs
        • Clean & Disinfect
          • Doorknob
          • Toys
          • Table
        • Cleaning Supply Closet (Need at least one volunteer to work with Janice)
          • Clean & Organize Supply Closet
          • Throw old items in the dumpster
        • Workroom Downstairs (Need two volunteers)
          • Clean out outdated materials
          • Straighten Up Workroom

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