Apr. 12, 2020
The women are on the way to the tomb of Jesus to anoint his body as part of the burial ritual. They are wrestling with a major obstacle to that task: a large stone blocking the entrance to Jesus’ body. How will they get in with the stone in the way? Upon arrival, they discover the obstacle has already been removed giving them access to the body inside the tomb. As the women wrestle with the obstacle, the power and purpose of God is already working for its removal – ahead of their arrival at the tomb. That’s a key part of the Easter message: God is ahead of us in dealing with obstacles in life. Jesus never talked about his death without talking about his resurrection. God had resurrection mapped out long before Jesus was killed. That says something about how God engages the obstacles in our lives; question is, will we choose to believe that God is working on obstacle removal even as we try to figure things out for ourselves? As you read the following Scriptures, pay attention to what they say about the ways God works WITH obstacles, and AHEAD of them.
MONDAY (4/13): 1 Kings 17:7-16
TUESDAY (4/14): 2 Kings 4:1-7
WEDNESDAY (4/15): 2 Kings 6:8-23
THURSDAY (4/16): John 6:1-15
NEW SERIES!!!!! I'm Really Worried About....
There seems to be a lot to worry about these days. Even though Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives (Matthew 6:25), it’s hard not to be anxious about what we see and hear and experience day by day. I asked several of our staff and leaders to give me some things Butler First Church seems to be worried about. This series will look at several of those things through the lens of scripture. What does the Bible say to the things that cause us to be anxious?
To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following scripture passages, and note what they say about change.
FRIDAY (4/17): Psalm 55
SATURDAY (4/18): James 1:1-16
SUNDAY (4/19): Psalm 102