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Monday, Monday… by guest blogger David Crabtree

If you are a pastor, you might really appreciate my guest blogger David Crabtree’s recent gift to our pastoral tribe.

Thanks David

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Monday, Monday…

Sunday is, without question, the greatest day of the week for the preacher, at least, this preacher. It is the weekly gathering – a great “coming to the house” – corporate worship – “ecclesia” (called out and together). I love Sunday. I live Sunday. At 9:00 and 10:45 the joy, the art, the quest, the war of preaching is mine again, and for a few moments I move in the pure air of calling. The message delivered is a release – a relief – joy. Changed lives create an ever-new wonder, and even if the changes are not immediately evident, faith carries the hour, and it is well with my soul. I love to preach – it’s blue skies and sunshine for me.

By Sunday afternoon familiar clouds take shape. The first is fatigue, reminding me that I am not so young anymore. Weariness is followed by a cumulous gathering of self doubt – thickening – darkening, until the small irritants of the day begin to take on weight and the rain begins to fall. The man who, only that morning, walked so confidently to the pulpit, so sure, so free, falls into second guessing. Slights are magnified, fears are nourished, evidence of good is washed away as a regretted phrase, a fumbled point, a distraction or two – or five – or ten are suddenly remembered and rehearsed. On Sunday afternoon, about three o’clock, I often feel feel more like Elijah on the bad side of Mt. Carmel than the guy who called down fire and rain.

I fight it – I invoke the “whatsoevers” of Philippians 4:8. I remind myself that it’s not my performance that makes the difference. I do a half-dozen re-boots in my mind and push back hard… but I’m tired and drained… and I called that woman by the wrong name again… and the sound wasn’t quite right… and the guy half-way back kept me in a hostile stare… and in a quiet moment a baby went off… and… and… 3:00 on Sunday afternoon is a vulnerable place and time. It must be a busy time in hell with so many preachers to discourage, so much seed to snatch away before it takes root.

The biographies of the great preachers console me with the knowledge that my peculiar battle is not so peculiar (Spurgeon and Luther come immediately to mind). Monday’s play list is often the blues for preachers. I’ve also been at this long enough to know that it comes to pass – not to stay. After the Monday mess is cleared away and all the meetings have been met, Tuesday finds me at early morning prayer, and there is a stirring… a text… a sunrise over a fresh biblical landscape and a gentle wind whispers, “Sunday’s coming”… my soul smiles and my heart skips a beat.

I’m reminded that you can’t have glorious mountains without a few deep valleys – the most glorious sunshine will turn your life into a desert without a little rain.

David Crabtree is the lead pastor of Calvary Church Greensboro North Carolina
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What was it like to live in the 70’s?

Watch the 70’s video here:

I AM Discovery
Part 14

I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
– John 10:8-11 (NIV)

Claims Jesus Made about who he is.
I AM The Way, the Truth and the Life -John 14:6
I AM The Bread of Life -John 6:35
I AM The Light of the World -John 8:12
I AM The Sheep Gate -John 10:7
I AM The Good Shepherd -John 10:11
I AM The Resurrection and the Life John 11:25
I AM The True Vine – John 15:1
But Jesus Ask “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15

Gates keep people out and let people in.
“Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

What was it like to live in the 70’s?
It was very different from what it is now. People lived a lot different back then.

Muscle cars would get gallons to the mile instead of miles to the gallon, nearly every guy had a poster of Farah Fawcett on his wall and having five TV channels meant you lived in the big city.

There were no personal computers, cell phones and video games were incredibly rudimentary.

Yet playing game after game of Pong would mesmerize families, much as color TV did in the 1960s.

Life in the 70s was also pretty affordable. A movie cost $2.50, a hamburger 75¢ and fries were just 39¢.

If you wanted the latest hit record by Chicago or the Bee Gees, you could plunk down $6 and get a penny back. Cassette tapes (remember those) were a couple bucks more.

Cars were real gas guzzlers in the early 70s, at least until the gas crisis. Then gas prices soared. In 1976, a gallon of gas went for 61¢.

If you wanted to be styling, you could pick up a Keep on Truckin’ t-shirt for $5 and a pair of bell bottoms for $15. If you really wanted to go all out, you could purchase a leisure suit and a Qiana shirt, an odd, faux silk fabric from DuPont.

At dances, disco music was becoming very popular, though the major music acts from the 60s were still recording hits, including the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton and John Lennon. Elvis Presley was enjoying his comeback until he was taken away from us in 1977.

On tv in the 70s, we enjoyed the humor of Welcome Back Kotter with a young John Travolta, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days and M.A.S.H.

Cable was still yet to be invented, so viewing options were usually limited to shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and if you were lucky, public television.

On weekends, kids would head off to the movies, watching Star Wars, The Sting, Jaws, Dirty Harry and the trilogy of epic disaster movies: Earthquake, Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure.

Life in the 70s really wasn’t anything like it’s portrayed on That 70s Show. I liked The 70’S

But what about the 70’s in the New Testament?
A.D. 70 Titus Destroys Jerusalem
When the Roman general sacked the temple, the Jews were forced into a new era—and so were the Christians.

Gessius Florus loved money and hated Jews. As Roman procurator, he ruled Judea, caring little for their religious sensibilities. When tax revenues were low, he seized silver from the temple. As the uproar against him grew, in A.D. 66, he sent troops into Jerusalem who massacred 3,600 citizens. Florus’s action touched off an explosive rebellion—the First Jewish Revolt—that had been sizzling for some time.

LOOK AT THE BOOK OF JAMES WRITTEN APPROX 50 AD – – 2ND PETER APRROX 64-70 AD I,2 &3RD JOHN WRITTEN NEAR THE END OF THE FIRST CENTURY
EPHESIANS 64-70 AD – PHILLIAPIANS 60 –64 AD ——
Matt in the 60’s mark 58 ad luke written in the 70’s —– john was written in the 90’s

 

In the 70’s People were making up their own Jesus.

1 John 1:3 ► We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. – John 21:25

The problem with making up your own Jesus.

What if my personal weight loss trainer did what I wanted to do?

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.
We only expand by demand. Use every challenge as an opportunity stretch yourself and become better.

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.” – C.S. Lewis

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I AM DISCOVERY/IAM THE BREAD OF LIFE.

I AM DISCOVERY
Part 13
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

Bread Of Rome.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” – John 6:5-7

Bread Of Tradition.
48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. John 6:48-50

No Expiration Date
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. John 6:51
“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15

“Oh taste and see” – Psalm 34:8

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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I Am Discovery

I AM DISCOVERY
Part 12
Steve Lummer
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Claims Jesus Made
I AM The Way, the Truth and the Life -John 14:6
I AM The Bread of Life -John 6:35
I AM The Light of the World -John 8:12
I AM The Sheep Gate -John 10:7
I AM The Good Shepherd -John 10:11
I AM The Resurrection and the Life John 11:25
I AM The Bread of Life -John 6:35
I AM The True Vine – John 15:1
   But Jesus Ask
“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
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