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I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”  (Jesus’ final words to Peter, recorded in John 21:18)

Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.

As a young follower of Jesus, Peter’s heart was filled with intense desire and great ambition, but his strength of character had not yet caught up with his passionate pursuit.

And that is how so many of us feel on our faith journey.  It seems our greatest enemy is ourselves as we push past who we were and who we are to find the man or woman we are destined to become.

These continual transitions in life are seen throughout the pages of the Bible as wilderness experiences.  They are the moments in history where the people of God have left their place of familiarity and comfort, but have not yet arrived at their place of promise.  They are on the way.  They are in process.  They are becoming.

  • Abraham crosses the wilderness to go to a land God promises to show him.
  • The Children of Israel cross the wilderness to enter the land of promise.
  • David gathers an army in the wilderness as he waits to become king.
  • Jesus prays, hungry and thirsty, as he wrestles in the wilderness with His calling as the Messiah.

And you make your way through the wilderness each time you leave who you were to pursue who God has called you to be.  Holding tight to a fragile promise and nurturing a tender faith, you press on to lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has laid hold of for you.

As we discovered yesterday, who Peter was on the night of the crucifixion was not who Peter would become.  Peter matured as a follower of Jesus — and his character caught up with his calling! 

Peter, the man who denied Christ, was crucified upside down on a cross because he did not consider himself worthy of dying in the same manner as his Messiah.  Peter lived in victory over his fear and experienced a life of glorious faith and ministry.

And so can you.

Podcast

Follow the link to listen to the dramatic presentation Vantage Point: A Disciple’s View performed by Loran Rule.

Links

Check out this radical video of the Youth Spring Break Mission Trip.  Great job guys!

On the Radar

Community Sunrise Easter Service at the Mustang Bowl, April 4, at 6:30 a.m.

“Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is coming Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm.  Ladies, mark your calendar for this special time of fun and ministry.

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “When I Think About the Lord” by Shane and Shane
  2. “I’ve Found a Love” Jenn Johnson version
  3. “In Christ Alone” Rita Springer version
  4. “Everlasting God” Chris Tomlin version

Sunday Preview

Make plans to join us Next Sunday, April 4, 2010, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and encounter the cross from our own point of view through a final dramatic presentation.  Also, our children will bless us through song!  Don’t miss it!

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It is easy to overlook the fact that there was more than one mommy who wept at the base of a cross on the day our Lord was crucified.  Two men hung on either side of Jesus, and each of those men had a mother as well, a mother who had dreamed of so much more for her son. 

And that is why the cross of Jesus is so significant.  Jesus died so the men beside him might know forgiveness.  Jesus died so their mothers might know peace.  Jesus died for each of us who has ever experienced disappointment, frustration, heartbreak, and shame.  Jesus died that we might have life.

I invite you to gain a new perspective on the events and people surrounding the crucifixion of our Lord.  Click on the media player to hear the dramatic presentation, “Vantage Point: A Mother’s View” and the follow up message “The God of Comfort.”  May you be blessed and refreshed as gain a new glimpse of the cross.

 

On the Radar

Community Sunrise Easter Service at the Mustang Bowl, April 4, at 6:30 a.m.

“Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is coming Saturday, April 17.  Mark your calendar for this special time of fun and ministry.

Family Connection

Did you miss the Parenting Class?  If so, check out the resource station at the back of the sanctuary to get a manual and cd set.

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew
  2. “I Adore You” Jesus Culture version
  3. “Healer” Kari Jobe version
  4. “Revelation Song” Kari Jobe version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, March 28, 2010, we will continue our dramatic preaching series, “Vantage Points” with a look at the cross from the perspective of a disciple of Jesus.

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The View from the Cross by Lillian Jane Neal

 

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…”  –Hebrews 12:2

Special thanks to Lillian “Lightning Bolt” Neal for sharing this wonderful piece of art with us.  For order and usage requests contact efcsweetwater@aol.com

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Each of us has a perspective, a point of view concerning the cross.  All of our lives have been influenced by the crucifixion of Jesus.  But, what did those early witnesses see?  What was the perspective of those first century merchants, craftsmen, soldiers, and politicians?

The Bible records one sentence written in a message from a politician’s wife, and we discover even from the safety of her vantage point, her life was impacted by this Messianic preacher from Galilee.

Mathew 27 records her story: 

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

25 All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Click on the media player to hear a dramtic presentation of a view of the cross through the eyes of Pilate’s wife.

On the Radar

We will not have any church activities this Wednesday evening due to Spring Break.  We pray you enjoy a wonderful time with your family this week!

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “See His Love” Jesus Culture version
  2. “Your Love Never Fails” Chris Quilala version
  3. “You Gave Your Life Away” by Katherine Scott
  4. “Here Is Love” Brian Johnson version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, March 21, 2010, we will continue our dramatic preaching series, “Vantage Points” with a look at what three different mothers saw when they stood beneath the cross.

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Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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