WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
 
 
HOLY WEEK 2020
 
What are you waiting for this Holy Week? This is a time of unrest unlike anything we have seen for generations, and it forces us to look at the cross anew. 
Holy Week has been celebrated since the times of the early church. It has always served as an experiential time to join in on Jesus’ own journey to the cross and out of the empty tomb. Take some time this week, to join in on Holy Week. Find resources here to grow your own trust in Jesus.
 
 
 
Places of the Passion, Ep. 1

Places of the Passion, ep. 2

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

April 2020

Time to Shout!

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March 2020

The Message

What is keeping you from forgiving? Is the sin too much? Is it not noteworthy enough to deserve it? Maybe you are scared to let it go, or you are loving the ability to hold something over another person’s head. But Jesus is busy speaking words of forgiveness- even to you. So why are you waiting to forgive? 
 
 

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Time to Talk

FIL Ministries helps people reach up to God, reach in to each other, and reach out to the world. One of the ways we do that is by providing relevant, helpful, and meaningful messages each week based in the Scriptures, which we believe to be the inspired Word of God. We keep those messages available online at www.filministries.org/sermon-audio. We also make our whole services available online at 




The Message

What is keeping you from talking? Maybe you have some difficult conversations ahead of you. Maybe you aren’t sharing simple words of joy and thankfulness with those around you. But Jesus is forcing difficult talks upon us, bringing up the pain of our past, hammering the hypocrisy of the present, and addressing our anxiety over the future. Why are you waiting to talk with him?
 
 
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Time to Get In

We are called to engage our faith in our daily lives. We gather in worship to be fed by God’s Word that we may leave here prepared and enthusiastic to live the faith that the Lord entrusts to us.

FIL Ministries helps people reach up to God, reach in to each other, and reach out to the world. One of the ways we do that is by providing relevant, helpful, and meaningful messages each week based in the Scriptures, which we believe to be the inspired Word of God. We keep those messages available




Why are you waiting to answer the call?

What is keeping you from picking up God’s call? Too busy? Too distracted? Too worried about what might happen or what others might say about you? God has put you at this time and this place- surrounded by these people- for his purpose. Jesus has answered the call to save you. Why are you waiting to answer his call?

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Time To Pray

Learning to pray is a lot like learning to speak. We start with mumbles, groans, and cries, and they eventually turn into understandable words. How can we learn to pray? We learn to listen, learn to learn, and learn to join Jesus as he prays.

FIL Ministries helps people reach up to God, reach in to each other, and reach out to the world. One of the ways we do that is by providing relevant, helpful, and meaningful messages each week based in the Scriptures, which we believe to be the inspired




Why are you waiting to pray?

What is keeping you from praying? Is life too easy? Too overwhelming? Are you caught up in other relationships? Are you caught up missing people? Why are you waiting to pray? Life is hard, and things often do not go the way we hope or plan. But Jesus is praying for you. Why are you waiting to pray?

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Why are you waiting to get in?

Are you waiting to get into the church, get into God’s will? What’s holding you up? The storms, the difficulties? Well, whether you’re in the boat or out of it, the wind will howl and wail. But Jesus is in the boat. Why are you waiting to get in?

FIL Ministries helps people reach up to God, reach in to each other, and reach out to the world. One of the ways we do that is by providing relevant, helpful, and meaningful messages each week based in the Scriptures, which we believe to be the




February 2020

Ash Wednesday – What are you waiting for?

On this day of repentance, we remember our many sins and our deep brokenness. We are people in need of repair. During Ash Wednesday, we seek to give up our sinfulness; this Lenten season, we are going to take up something. We are going to dedicate ourselves to 40 days of following Jesus through intentional reflection, reading, prayer, and action. We are marked this day with ashes, and with purpose, as God’s redeemed children, following Christ to the cross.

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Holy Week Devotions
SATURDAY – Tomb Day
EASTER SUNDAY – Resurrection Day
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them “Peace be with you.” [John 20:19]

Do you still leave your front door unlocked? I’m sure you remember a time- or remember some stories from older relatives, “Back in my day, you never had to lock your door!” That’s not the case anymore. We lock and check, and then re-check before we go to bed. We drive back home to make sure we put down the garage door. We have a lot to protect, so we need to keep our doors locked.

It’s good to take necessary steps to protect your family and possessions, but we can take the same mindset with our hearts. We have to protect ourselves from hurt and harm (we generally learn this after we opened the door of our heart to someone who trampled it). We work hard to make sure we don’t get hurt. 

Wasn’t that exactly where the disciples found themselves on Easter Sunday, after they heard from the women that Jesus rose? They were still behind locked doors, protecting themselves from the same fate that befell Jesus. But no locked doors can keep us from God. Jesus can walk through any door. However well you are protecting your heart, or trying to keep God from seeing the pain or darkness or sadness or sin, Jesus can and will make his way through it. And he will say, “Peace be with you.”

Oh, and why would we want to protect ourselves from Jesus’ work? He rose from the dead! Sunday marks the resurrection, and each first day of the week- every Sunday- stands as a doorpost into eternity. Let today be the sure and certain hope for you, that Jesus has a resurrection in store for you, too. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed, Alleluia! 

Prayer: Lord, God, we thank You for Your plan to work peace in our lives through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Help us to live always in light of eternity- that You have unlocked the door of heaven through Your Son. We love You! Amen!
 
EASTER MONDAY – New Day
 

Revelation 21:1-5 “Behold, I am making all things new!”

During my final year of seminary, I saw a pile of old boards outside of the gymnasium. When I looked closer, I noticed they were floor boards. Original hardwood from the seminary gymnasium- I was ecstatic! I had a piece of history in my hands as I scooped them up and brought them home. I thought about what I should do with these boards, and I decided, since my wife was pregnant, to make a bassinet for our newest child. I gave those boards a new purpose, and I was pretty proud of myself.

On this first day after Easter, we take time to reflect on how God is making all things new. God is taking your life and making it new. God is taking all the ingredients of the world and repurposing them, refashioning them for eternity. Everything has changed once Jesus rises from the grave. As John writes, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4). All those things that used to hold you captive? Those chains have been destroyed. All those commitments that made you feel tied down? Redeemed by God. All those illnesses, wounds, injuries, and woes? Healed and restored in Jesus. “Behold, I am making ALL THINGS new!”

That bassinet sits in storage now, even though I made it new. It is now an old, dusty piece of furniture still destined for decay. It still wears out, but what God has planned? This “all things new” has already begun, almost 2,000 years ago on this first Monday after Easter. And on that last day, every storage shed, every grave, every life that feels like it’s been left on the shelf will be taken out and made new. For good. The wood of the cross has been repurposed. The master carpenter is making all things new.

Dear God, we hear your words. Help us to believe them for ourselves, that truly you are making all things new. We want to experience your new life now, and we trust you to make us eternally new, by the same power that rose Jesus from the grave. It’s in his name that we pray; Amen.