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HOLY WEEK

A Holy Week

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Holy Week
Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday

Selections for each day of Holy Week

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5  The Resurrection of Jesus
6  The Spirit of Jesus
7  The Lion of Judah

Selections from The Death of Jesus:

Holy week, from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his death and resurrection, is by far the greatest week in history.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, chose to be crucified in Jerusalem at the Passover festival. He became our Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.  The Old Testament points to Jesus, the Messiah, God’s Anointed One. The New Testament tells his story and calls us to respond in faith to his gift of salvation and eternal life.

Key Passages

Holy Week: the last week of the earthly life of Jesus may be summarized this way as a general guide. The different Gospels record different events, each one telling the Gospel, the good news, in their own way. So this arrangement is an estimate of the sequence of the momentous developments in Holy Week.

Holy Week

This summary follows the outline in Mark’s Gospel:
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Palm Sunday – Day of Demonstration
Mark 11:1-11 (Zech 9:9) – Jesus enters Jerusalem

Monday – Day of Authority
Mark 11:12-19 – fig tree, temple cleansed

Tuesday – Day of Conflict
Mark 11:20 – 13:36 – debates with leaders

Wednesday – Day of Preparation
Mark 14:1-11 – anointed at Bethany

Thursday – Day of Farewell
Mark 14:12-42 – last supper

Good Friday – Day of Crucifixion
Mark 14:43 – 15:47 – trials and death

Saturday – Day of Sabbath
Mark 15:46-47 – tomb sealed

Easter Sunday – Day of Resurrection
Mark 16:1-18 – resurrection appearances

Easter Friday It is finishedGood Friday – Day of Crucifixion
It is accomplished

Easter Friday stripes

Easter Friday lamb

Easter Friday 7 words

Seven Statements on the Cross

  1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).
  2. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
  3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27).
  4. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me, (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
  5. I thirst (John 19:28).
  6. It is finished (John 19:30).
  7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; see Psalm 31:5).

This summary uses NKJV. The Mounce translation (www.biblegateway.com) of John 19:30 is ‘It is accomplished.’ Traditionally, these seven statements are called words of

  1. Forgiveness,
  2. Salvation,
  3. Relationship,
  4. Abandonment,
  5. Distress,
  6. Triumph, and
  7. Reunion.

 

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A Christian PassoverChristian Passover Service

This order of service for Passover is an attempt to be as true as possible to the historic one Jesus had with his disciples.   The present day Passover as celebrated by millions of Jews is in the same order, and contains everything in this service (except for references to what Jesus did with it) as well as many additions that have been made, particularly since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.

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Dance

Jn 4,23 Dance of praisePraise his name in the dance –
Praise him with timbrel and dance
(Psalm 149:3; 150:4)

Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth

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Danbce in the rain

Dance in the rain

Ps 149,3 Praise children

Ps 105,4 Praise in dance

Everythng that has breath

Praise the Lord

David danced before the Lord

David danced

Praise Him in Dance

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. Psalm 149:3

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Tambourine

Praise with timbrel & dance

I will bless you

Free to worship

It's Monday

Jn 8,32 set free

Praise Dance

I adore you

Ps  enter his gates

A glorious Bride without spot or wrinkle

Ps 69,30 praise YHWH

Ps 150,6 praise Yah

 

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Ps 30,11 mourning into dancing

Shine

Praise-dance

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Many Muslims are Turning to Christ

MANY MUSLIMS ARE TURNING TO CHRIST

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A revival is taking place as Muslims turn to Christ

ISIS has targeted more Muslim-populated areas in Syria. The attacks have left at least 140 dead in Damascus and Homs. The attacks were the deadliest of Syria’s 5-year war. In Damascus, the explosions took place near one of the holiest Shia Muslim shrines. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Dyann Romeijn with Vision Beyond Borders (VBB) said “As ISIS attacks the Christians, they also attack other Muslims. Certain Muslim groups that ISIS doesn’t perceive as radical enough are being persecuted.” The latest attacks took place during ceasefire talks. This is the second time attacks have happened in the last few weeks during the process of ceasefire discussions. The first time, the talks were delayed. But now, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said a “provisional agreement” has been reached with Russia.

There is both joy for the agreement and grief for a devastating loss in the war-torn nation. Millions of minorities and Syrians have fled from the terror of ISIS, leaving everything behind, including family members. In Lebanon alone, nearly one in every five people is a refugee. Romeijn explains this crisis is different from most others. “One of the things that’s overwhelming that we are seeing in this crisis more than some of the others is that the majority of these families were actually middle class families before ISIS came in.” The people had secure homes and jobs, but the persecution of ISIS drove them away and cost them everything. A VBB worker relayed the story of one man who’d saved up $50,000 for retirement. But, ISIS took it all away and left him with nothing.

Yet despite the grief, Romeijn says God is moving. Because less radical Muslims are being persecuted and fleeing, they are more open to seeing the love of God. Their  eyes are being opened to see the truth about Islam and there’s a turning to the Gospel in great numbers. A revival is taking place as Muslims turn to Christ, and VBB wants to seize the moment that God has given.

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VBB has printed 20,000 Arabic New Testament Bibles and is giving them to refugees. The Bibles have study notes in order to make it easier for Muslims to understand. Romeijn explains a New Testament is currently more beneficial to the people than an entire Bible because they will likely start at the very beginning of the book. A New Testament will immediately tell the Gospel story, whereas an entire Bible will contain rules Muslims might get caught up in.

But VBB knows they have more to do. “If you just tell Muslim refugees that Jesus loves them and hand them a Bible when they’re starving, they can’t even comprehend. But, we need to meet their physical needs as well.”

VBB is meeting physical needs by providing food, clothing, hygiene kits, and more. When they see genuine interest and care, Muslims want to hear about the Gospel. They’re accepting the Bibles graciously, and Romeijn says more than 1,000 have already been handed out by VBB.

Refugees need your prayers. After all, only God can bring peace. “There are over 6 million that have fled. It’s obvious no one person or organization is going to meet the needs. It’s got to be the Body of Christ.”

 Source: Mission Network News

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Blogs Index 5: Images

General Blogs Index

Blogs Index 1: Revivals (briefer than Revivals Index)

Blogs Index 2: Mission (international stories)

Blogs Index 3: Devotional (including Testimonies)

Blogs Index 4: Chapters (Blogs from Books)

Blogs Index 5: Images (photos from Books & Albums)

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InspirationFacebook Albums Index

70 Renewal Journal Facebook Albums arranged in themes:
Bible, Inspiration, Creation, Mission, Books

A Great Revival Stories All1Artistic Double Covers on Renewal & Revival Books

17 cover photos combing front and back.

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Best photos celebrating mothers

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Best worship and praise dance photos

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Van Gogh’s Christian and faith paintings

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You can apply this to messages and preaching

East-West Comparisons in 25 images

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20 Journals and 4 bound volumes with cover images

Renewal and Revival Books

Over 50 book images and links, also on Books – top bar menu

 

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Index arranged in themes:

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Facebook Albums Page, most recent on top, showing numbers of images. You may need to be on Facebook for this one.  All the rest are open.

Bible Albums

God’s Word – Old is New

God’s Word – Always New

Jesus Christ is Lord

Holy Spirit

Bible Inspiration

Faith

Exploring Israel

Inspiration Albums

Favourites – best of the best

Inspiration – heartwarming & uplifting

Seasons – calendar events

Immanuel – God with us – Christmas

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah – & Aslan

Preacher’s Quotes – wisdom from the Word

Quotable Quotes – wit and wisdom

History – HIS-story

Dance

Transformation – changing lives & cultures

Creative Sanctuary – Kenmore Church creations

Grateful Memories – looking back & forward

Signs of the Times – creative church signs

Sign Language – witty

Fotos Fantasticos – random surprises

Smile Awhile

Creation Albums

God Created – sky

God Created – sea

God Created – land

God Created – water

God Created – birds

God Created – animals

God Created – rainbows

Autumn in Japan – Fall in Tokyo & Naita

Mission Albums

Moravian Revival, Herrnhut, East Germany

Germany,with David – July-August 2013

Transformed Communities – Latin America & more

Brazil Transformation – Conference, 2008

USA and Caribbean – 2008 & 2012

Alaska – Catch the Wave Conference, 2009

Ghana Mission – 1995

Kenya Mission – 2005-2007

Light Home, India – Elisha Chowatapilli

Mission in Darjeeling, India – 1998-2000

Mission in Nepal – 2004-2015

Mission in Thailand – 2011

Mission in Malaysia – 2010

Myanmar (Burma) Mission Trip – 2015-2016

Mission in Myanmar – 2008-2012

Solomon Islands – 2007

Solomon Islands with Gideon – 2007

Grant in Solomon Islands – 2007

Solomon Islands Convention – 2006

Solomon Islands with Vanuatu team – 2006

Solomon Islands – 2004-2006

Mission on Pentecost Island – 2016

Vanuatu Mission – 2012-2015

Vanuatu Revival Mission Teams – 2013

Grant in Vanuatu – 2006

Pentecost Island, Vanuatu – 2005-2006

Vanuatu – Port Vila & Tanna – 2003-2004

Fiji, with Kenmore Church – 2008-2009

Priscilla on Mission in Australia – 2002

Seini on Mission in Australia – 2002

Romulo on Mission in Australia – 2002

South Pacific Mission Team in NSW Australia – 2002

South Pacific Mission Team in Queensland, Australia – 2002

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Renewal and Revival Books – 100 books arranged in themes

South Pacific Revivals – photos from the book & more

Looking to Jesus – photos from the book & more

Living in the Spirit – photos from the book

Light on the Mountains – photos from the book

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Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival

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South Pacific Revivals
Community and Ecological Transformation

Transforming Revivals
Transforming Revivals
Anointed for RevivalRevival Pioneers
Renewal: I make all things new
A Renewal All2
Revival: I will pour out my Spirit
A Revival All2
Great Revival Stories
Great Revival Stories
Best Revival Stories
A Best Revival Stories All2
Risen: 12 Resurrection Appearances
A Risen! All
Mysterious Month
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Exploring Israel (black & white)
The Holy Land
The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry
Body of Christ 1: Body Ministry
The Body of Christ, Part 2: Ministry Education
Ministry Education
Jesus on Dying Regrets
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Christian Passover Service
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Holy Week
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Jews finding Jesus in Israel

MORE AND MORE JEWS FINDING JESUS IN ISRAEL

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Messianic Congregation in Israel

“I have never before seen what we’re seeing now,” said Tuvya Zaretsky, chairman of the Israel branch of Jews for Jesus. “We’re seeing a steady stream of particularly young Israelis who are coming to Jesus from all walks of life. There seems to be a greater openness to spiritual input.”

The First Wave of Jews coming to Jesus hit in the 1970s in America. The Second Wave were Russian Jews in the 1990s. And now – in a Third Wave – Jews in Israel are coming to faith in increasing numbers. 

In the 1990s, there were about 3,000 Messianic Jews in Israel; today there are as many as 20,000 (still less than 1% of the population), said Simon Stout, executive assistant of Jews for Jesus. There is estimated to be 150 congregations of like-minded believers in Israel. Of Israel’s 84 cities and towns, 81 have at least one messianic Bible study.

“There is a very unusual turning in Israel,” said Zaretsky. “The community of believers there has solidified. They’ve found their voice. There’s less antagonism. The situation is changing.” When Jews for Jesus launched its Israel branch in 2000, its banners were torn down and workers beaten up by ultra-orthodox Jews who associated Christianity with the Holocaust. Now, Jews for Jesus has a staff of 31 and the world political situation has sparked greater interest in Jesus, Zaretsky said. After World War II’s Holocaust killed 6 million Jews, Israel was created by decree of the United Nations as a safe place for Jews. But now many Israelis feel more imperilled than ever. Iran, which is feared to be close to producing nuclear weapons, is constantly threatening Israel’s destruction. On the streets of Israel, terrorism is a constant.

“Young people generally feel very little hope for the future and are therefore more open to the gospel,” said Zaretsky. With half the country’s population, Tel Aviv is where Jews for Jesus runs a 3-story discipleship centre which hosts coffee house activities, art shows and other events to bring in neighbours in the trendy Florentine neighbourhood. A brief presentation of the gospel is always given; literature is on hand, and messianic Jews are present for anyone curious. In 2008, research showed that most Israelis had very little concept of who Yeshua was. They knew him by the name Yeshu, a corruption of his name imposed by the rabbis to expunge Christianity from Judaism. Yeshua is related to Yeshuah, which means “salvation”.

Bannering

So Jews for Jesus took to the streets with banners to educate Israelis about Yeshua. The placards read: “Yeshu = Yeshua = Yeshuah” and included the phone number of the Jews for Jesus office. They took out ads in the newspaper with this motto and placed it on billboards and buses. The ultra-orthodox tore the signs down. Now workers hold up banners along streets and highways at different times. Jews for Jesus have also staged yearly region-wide campaigns, called “Israel, Behold Your God,” that included months of concentrated evangelism.

Ben’s Story

Ben, an 18-year-old high school student from northern Israel, contacted Jews for Jesus personnel through its website two months ago.

Igal, a missionary intern, talked to Ben via Skype and found out that his mother was a believer. Igal shared with him his personal testimony about how God set him free from drugs and brought him peace, encouraging Ben to believe that Yeshua would do the same for him, Stout said. Ben agreed to study more about Yeshua and actually stated that he wanted to give Yeshua a chance to work in his life. Igal prayed daily for Ben and talked to him once a week. Just this month, Ben prayed with Igal to accept Yeshua as his Messiah, Stout said. “People are receiving Christ at a fairly constant rate,” Stout said. “They’re coming in ones or twos each month. It’s not a speedy process. There are cultural barriers for Jews to accept Jesus Christ.”

Simon Stout’s Story

Stout was himself a non-believing, reformed Jew from Indianapolis who visited Israel on a government-subsidized tour in 2001. First he saw the horrors of concentration camps in Poland, where Jews were imprisoned and killed wholesale as part of Hitler’s anti-Semitism during World War 2. Leaving behind the dreary memorials and the cold weather, Stout landed in Israel when it was warm and lovely. “The first time I saw Jerusalem, there was a rainbow over part of the city,” he said. “There was something inside me that told me that there was a reason for me to be in Israel. I had this feeling that there was a God and He had a purpose for Israel.

“I felt God must be real because only He could have taken the horrors of World War II and birthed a nation and bring us back after 2,000 years,” he said. But it wasn’t until years later that Stout accepted Jesus when he came to Israel to study for a master’s in education. A friend from a messianic congregation invited him to visit. In Indianapolis, his only exposure to Christianity were school kids telling him he would burn in Hell for being a Jew; he also saw Jewish houses get egged, he said. Despite the bad first impression with Christianity, he wasn’t completely closed to hearing about Jesus. For two months, he attended Bible studies and fellowship groups. Then one night he had a dream about a flood in New York and a flood in China.

When he attended a Bible study about prophetic dreams, he hoped to find an interpretation. Instead the lady speaker prophesied over him: “God hears your prayers. Yeshua is real, and He has great plans for you.” Stout broke down crying. He accepted Yeshua and was baptized in the Mediterranean Sea. He decided to remain in Israel, where he has married and had two children. Originally, he taught English literature but two years ago started working with Jews for Jesus.

Massah

Another ministry of Jews for Jesus is its “Massah” outreach in India. Surprisingly, the Himalayas are a favourite hiking mecca for Israelis after they complete their mandatory military service at about age 20. Secular Jews, in particular, use the getaway to take drugs and forget the stressful experience of constant war threat in Israel, Zaretsky said.

For 5-6 weeks during the summer, there are so many Israelis in the Himalayas that entire restaurants and coffee houses are filled with Jews. There are even Hebrew-speaking waiters and Hebrew menus to cater to the sub-culture diaspora. There’s something about the mystique of India, with its varied spirituality, that seems to open Jewish youth to talk about alternatives. It’s the perfect spot to strike up a conversation about Yeshua. So yearly, the Israeli branch of Jews for Jesus forms a team that travels to India for ministry. “India is a relevant place to talk about spirituality and belief,” said one Messianic Jewish believer on a YouTube video about Massah. Another recounted about sharing the gospel with a Jew who, intrigued, told her: “This whole talk we’ve had would not have happened if we were in Israel.”

The parents of Shmuel Salway immigrated with his family from India and now the 42-year-old is associate pastor of the Adonai Roi congregation, which has functioned in Tel Aviv for 19 years. It’s now a church of 100 members. “We just had five baptisms last month,” Salway said. “The Jews are coming back to the land, and they’re coming to know the Messiah. We’re living in prophetic times. I believe Yeshua will come back in our lifetime. He’ll come back when many more Jews come to Messiah and cry out ‘Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonai’ – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Source: God Reports

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