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Happy Resurrection Week!

The Empty Garden Tomb

The empty tomb reminds us that we worship a risen Savior, Jesus Christ, who said, "... 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 11:25-26, NIV).

Celebrate Christ's Resurrection
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Holy Week Day 3 - Tuesday in Jerusalem, Mount of Olives

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Mount of Olives
Current day Jerusalem with Mount of Olives in background.
Today our journey through Holy Week takes us back to the Temple in Jerusalem where Jewish leaders, grasping for a reason to arrest Jesus, did their best to challenge his authority and catch him in a trap.

Later that afternoon, Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, where he gave his famous Olivet Discourse.

Can you imagine the inner turmoil our Savior endured on this day of confrontation and controversy?

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Holy Week Day 2 - Monday: Jesus Clears the Temple

Monday April 14, 2014

Jesus Clears the Temple
Today we continue tracing the footsteps of Jesus, as Monday morning he returned with his disciples to Jerusalem.

Just days before the Passover Feast, the city was overrun with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world. At the Temple, money changers were turning the place into a scene of greed and sinfulness. Seeing the desecration of the holy place, Jesus drove these men out from the court of Gentiles, along with sellers of cattle and pigeons.

Consider how the expulsion of the money changers triggered a chain of events that led to Christ's death:

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Holy Week Day 1 - Palm Sunday's Triumphal Entry

Sunday April 13, 2014

Triumphal Entry
Beginning today, Palm Sunday, together we'll walk step by step with Jesus Christ along his journey through Holy Week.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, riding on a young donkey, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Immediately following this great time of celebration, Jesus began his journey to the cross.

Take time to pause and meditate on what each step of his path means to you, as we visit the major events that occurred during our Savior's week of passion:

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Cloud by Day, Fire by Night

Friday April 11, 2014
Tabernacle Cloud
We wind up our exploration of the wilderness tabernacle with a look at the ancient cloud and pillar of fire. The ever-present pillar of smoke (pictured here) and fire represented the visible presence of God as he guided and protected the nation of Israel through its wilderness wanderings.

This radiant manifestation of God dwelling among his people is often referred to as the Shekinah glory. The cloud by day moved out ahead of Israel, signifying God's leadership as the people passed through unfamiliar territory. The bright, warming fire lit their way by night.

Because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice, God's loving, guiding, protective presence dwells among us today in a new and living way, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn the similarities between this ancient manifestation and a relationship with Jesus Christ:

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