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Transforming Grace: Praise
March 25, 2018

Transforming Grace: Praise

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Transforming Grace

This Sunday will mark the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday. This week is packed with significant events that help us understand, not only our need for redemption, but also the high price that was paid for each of us. On Maundy Thursday (March 29, 7:00 pm, at St. Johns) we will celebrate communion, as Jesus did with his disciples, and seek to follow Jesus’ command to “love one another as he has loved us.” Good Friday is a terrible day of suffering for Jesus, but it is also the “good” day of our redemption! In our Good Friday Service (March 30, 7:00 pm, at St. Johns) we will have anopportunity to nail our sins to the cross and to remember our need for repentance. This Sunday we conclude the sermon series “Transforming Grace” with the sermon, “Praise.” Palm Sunday is the bright spot of praise followed by betrayal, fear and uncertainty. Even though the disciples did not fully understand the significance of their words of praise, or Jesus’ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, this does not diminish its importance. There is a transforming grace when we open our hearts and lives to offer praise to God! We will use Luke 19:33-44 to understand the power of praise for our lives, and how it can continue to transform us. Prepare your heart for praise and worship as you read Luke 19:33-44: As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (NIV)

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