yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you." -James
April 11, 2017
Passover begins this
week at sundown on April 10 and continues for one week. Jewish
people will remember Israel's redemption from slavery in Egypt as they
celebrate Passover. From
the days of Moses Passover was a distinct festival directed by God for
Israel to celebrate each year. Jesus'
“last supper” was in fact a Passover celebration and that during
this Passover observance He instituted the Lord's Supper This most
precious Jewish festival finds its ultimate meaning, however, in our
his wisdom, God wove into the very fabric of Passover the picture of
the greatest redemption of all. It
is a redemption not just for Israel but for all people. There
is a direct parallel between Passover and the Passion; when it comes
to redemption, we are saved through the blood of the Lamb not just a
There are many links between the Passover and
Jesus, but consider these in particular:
Deliverance is always from God. The
people of Israel were slaves in Egypt, and they of themselves were
powerless to change things. We
were slaves to sin, and we of ourselves were powerless to change
things. Were it
not for God's actions, we both would have remained slaves. Only
God could end the slavery.
The price of deliverance always includes blood. For
God to pass over an Israelite family, there had to be blood on the
door posts and lintel – that blood was essential if God was to
pass over. For
God to justify us, to forgive us of our sins, Jesus' blood must be
on our hearts. Passover was destined to be fulfilled in the person
of Jesus, who is the Lamb of God. His
story does not diminish the significance of the original
redemption celebration; His story fulfills and completes the
Though not born into
the Jewish race, we Christians can affirm our Jewish roots (Rom. 2:28,
29). When we are
spiritually born again, we are placed into the body of Messiah and
belong to the family of God in Him.
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a
positive word! RA
The University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock
Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore is considered by some to be
the best in the world. The unit treats some 7,000 patients each
year, including victims of gunshot wounds and car wrecks; 97
percent of which survive. Top surgical residents come from
around the world to train at the center.
Center director, Dr. Thomas Scalea, often works
100 hours a week. He said: "It's as close to being a "resurrector"
as you can get. We take people who are arguably dead and make
I am very grateful for the marvels of medical
science and for the tremendous efforts that are made by caring
people to help the sick, the injured, and the dying. But, I hope
that all of us realize that our bodies are slowly going downhill
and that we are all heading for the grave. I sometimes imagine
the human race as "standing in line" for our turn to
come; the only unknown factor is that none of us knows his exact
position in the line.
Every patient that Dr. Scalea has "brought
back to life" will die one day. That's why our hope must be
put in Jesus Christ who was truly raised from the dead and who
offers permanent victory over death (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-24).
Jesus told Martha: "I
am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will
live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die" (John
And as Christians, you and I are in the
resurrection business. We have the privilege and the opportunity
of sharing the message of eternal life with people who are
destined for eternal death.
When the Lord called Saul, He told him: "I
am sending you to the gentiles, to open their eyes and turn them
from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so
that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among
those who are sanctified by faith in me" (Acts
When you and I share the saving message of Jesus
with our friends we are proclaiming the word of life (see 1
Dr. Scalea happily works 100 hours a week because
he knows that what he is doing is really significant. What could
be more exciting or more satisfying than bringing people back
from the dead? What could be more fulfilling than telling
someone about Jesus and seeing their life be transformed here
and now, and know that they have found eternal life in Him?
Have you forgotten that as disciples of Christ we
are in the resurrection business?
Have you become sidetracked, spending your time
doing other things of lesser value?
can you help today?
We are all surrounded by people who are dying.
Let's use our time and our energies to proclaim the good news
of life in Jesus our Lord!
Larry Zinck in Heartlight
next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March 25. Please
continue to bring food items to help their
Southside Area Youth
accepted to help with youth activities
hunt at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring candy filled
Also, "sign up" for
honor of Josh May
sympathy of the congregation is extended to Chris and Shannon Greenwald as well
as Chris' family. His father, Gary Greenwald, passed away March 9.
A memorial will be conducted later.
want to thank the entire Cedar Grove congregation for the support of my
family over the past year as my dad has been sick, and over the last few
weeks in particular, with his passing. The cards, letters, hugs and calls
are an indication of the love for our family and the impact that dad had
on others. The Cedar Grove family has always been there for Shannon and
myself. I just wanted to thank you for the ongoing support.
Cedar Grove Family,
you very for making my 97th birthday so wonderful with the fudge, young
folks' dinner, birthday cake, cards, flowers, and gifts!
are very special to me!
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful
It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian
family! I love you all.
Cedar Grove Family
you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.
We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.
We give thanks for you all!
and Eddie Brown
Tatum has been suffering with bronchitis.
Mae Warren is having trouble with vertigo.
Jones is confined due to shingles.
Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan
McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy
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