Famous Last Words on Good Friday

 

For this #SaturdayGoodRead, EAST News is republishing a post from Dr Alex Tang’s blog titled “Famous Last Words on Good Friday” as we are entering the Holy Week. Dr Tang examines the last seven sentences Jesus uttered on the cross and the significance of His last words for us as His followers.

Sermon Statement

Jesus’ famous last words revealed who he is and what he had done for us – God incarnate and the penal substitution for our sins

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God’s Strength and Provision

 

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is about living the Christian life. In Chapter 4:10-20 specifically, Paul speaks of God’s provision. He thanks the Philippians for their concern, but expresses that it was not needed. Paul has everything he needs when he has Christ. He is content no matter his situation, through Christ who strengthens him.

 

Do not take the verse out of context. Paul is not saying that God will empower all believers to accomplish anything they desire. God’s strength enables us to endure hardship and persecution, as Paul himself was experiencing at the time. Trust in the Lord’s timing and provision in everything we go through, so we can be content and not be consumed by greed and materialism.

 

That is Paul’s secret to contentment and the key takeaway from this part of his letter. Trust God, so much so that you can say: “Through Him, I can endure all difficulties no matter how seemingly insurmountable they may seem.”

A New Year Filled with Hope

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“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ~ Isaiah 43:19, ESV

May these words from the God of Hope be your daily companion in the new year! Just as He has been faithful through the eventful 2020, He will not only see us through 2021, but will cause us to thrive in wondrous new ways.

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Shalom blessings from EAST!

New Year Blessings 2021

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Happy blessed New Year 2021!

“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”
~ Psalm 65:11, NIV

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
~ Jeremiah 17:7, NLT

O taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who trusts in Him!
~ Psalm 34:8, NLV

“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.”
~ Psalm 103:19, ESV

As we enter the New Year of 2021, may our eyes of faith never wavers with a 20/20 vision of who Jesus Christ is, who we are in relation to Him, and our place and calling in His reign as the King over His Kingdom. Likewise, may EAST continue to be true to its God-given mission to “equip servant leaders for the Great Commission” in the new year and beyond. Shalom.

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Have a truly meaningful, fruitful, and blessed 2021!

From all at EAST.

 

See the Goodness of God

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I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NAS)

In Psalm 27, verses 1 through 6, King David expressed his confidence in a God of whom he has had deep communion with. Then in verses 7 through 14, he turned from praise to plaintiff prayer of dependence and hope in a redemptive God. This Psalm has been known as one of “composites” with extreme high of joy and jubilance in the first half and thence sinking to the depth of sadness and near despair in the latter part (Pulpit Commentary).

Read how verse 13, as part of the ending verses, unify these extremes to produce hope in us.

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