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The Gospel Reading:
Luke 18:1-14

He told them a parable, urging them to keep praying and never grow discouraged. The parable went like this:

Jesus: There was a judge living in a certain city. He showed no respect for God or humanity. In that same city there was a widow. Again and again she kept coming to him seeking justice: “Clear my name from my adversary’s false accusations!” He paid no attention to her request for a while, but then he said to himself, “I don’t care about what God thinks of me, much less what any mere human thinks. But this widow is driving me crazy. She’s never going to quit coming to see me unless I hear her case and provide her legal protection.”

Did you catch what this self-assured judge said? If he can be moved to act justly, won’t God bring justice for His chosen people when they cry to Him day and night? Will He be slow to bring them justice? Mark My words: God will intervene fast with vindication. But here’s the question: when the Son of Man comes, will He find anyone who still has faith?

He told another parable—this one addressed to people who were confident in their self-righteousness and looked down on other people with disgust.

Jesus: 10 Imagine two men walking up a road, going to the temple to pray. One of them is a Pharisee and the other is a despised tax collector. 11 Once inside the temple, the Pharisee stands up and prays this prayer in honor of himself: “God, how I thank You that I am not on the same level as other people—crooks, cheaters, the sexually immoral—like this tax collector over here. 12 Just look at me! I fast not once but twice a week, and I faithfully pay my tithes on every penny of income.” 13 Over in the corner, the tax collector begins to pray, but he won’t even lift his eyes to heaven. He pounds on his chest in sorrow and says, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

14 Now imagine these two men walking back down the road to their homes. Listen, it’s the tax collector who walks home clean before God, and not the Pharisee, because whoever lifts himself up will be put down and whoever takes a humble place will be lifted up. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+18&version=VOICE

Poetry For Sunday
Joel 2:23-32

People of Zion, shout with joy
    and happiness in the Eternal, your God;
The drought is over; He has sent the early autumn rain as a sign of His faithfulness.
    He has poured down heavy rain, autumn and spring, as before.
24 The threshing floors will be covered in grain;
    the vats will spill over with new wine and fresh oil.

25 I will compensate you for the years
        that the locusts have eaten—the swarming locusts,
    The creeping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts—[a]
        My great army that I unleashed against you.

26     In that day, you will eat plenty of food and always have enough,
        so you will praise My name,
    The Eternal One, your God who is merciful to you.
        Never again will My people be shamed among the nations.
27     Return to Me and you will know that I live among My people Israel
        and that I, the Eternal One, am your God and there is no other.
    Never again will My people be shamed among the nations.

28     Then in those days I will pour My Spirit to all humanity;
        your children will boldly and prophetically speak the word of God.
    Your elders will dream dreams;
        your young warriors will see visions.
29     No one will be left out. In those days I will offer My spirit
        to all servants, both male and female.

30     In the heaven above and on the earth below,
        I will give signs of My intervention: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.
31     The sun will become a void of darkness, and the moon will become blood
        just before the great and dreadful day of the Eternal One arrives.

32 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Eternal One will be liberated.[b]

    Mount Zion and Jerusalem will shelter those who survive exile,
Just as the Eternal says, “Among those who survived, He will call them.”   http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=joel+2&version=VOICE


Luke 18

The Front and the Back

9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

The Back and the Children

15People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.17Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

And the Front Again

18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?”Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.20You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’

21“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

28Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,”Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God30will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Use Your Eyes

31Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.32He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;33they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”

34The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

35As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

38He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”43Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

The Lord's Prayer: Luke 11

1One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“ ‘Father,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.

4 Forgive us our sins,

for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.’ ”

Read more from the Scriptures. 


Offering Video

6. Am I a selfish jerk?

Want to kill entitlement? Help someone other than yourself.

If I could go back in time, Michael J. Fox style, this is what I would tell twentysomething me. I was wildly selfish back then. I lived for one person, and that person was me. The idea of helping other people seemed boring and unnecessary. (I know, I was a jerk.) But now, I’ve discovered how fun it can really be.

The problem is that we think helping people is one size fits all. We think the only way to help someone is to work in a soup kitchen or raise money for a charity. Both of those activities are great, but they’re not the only way.

What if there were a thousand different ways to help someone? What if you could take the thing you love doing and then help someone in your apartment complex do that too? What if our definition of “help” was a lot bigger? I think it needs to be.

Help is as simple as you giving a friend a ride to the airport. Help is as fun as inviting a friend who’s trying to lose weight to play racquetball. Help is as easy as donating a bunch of books you’re not going to read anyway. There are a million ways to help people.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/7-questions-could-change-your-life#Z4TtjpFOTByOzQQV.99

FOR NEXT WEEK 
READ LUKE 19
Palm Sunday!

Faith of Theology

Noah’s Co-Writer Explains the Film’s Controversial Theology

‘Noah’ co-writer Ari Handel explains the deeper themes, symbolism and controversial theology in Darren Aronofksy’s biblical epic.

‘Noah’ co-writer Ari Handel explains the deeper themes, symbolism and controversial theology in Darren Aronofksy’s biblical epic.

Why the Church Needs More Troublemakers

How to be a positive force for change in the Church. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/why-church-needs-more-troublemakers#sS5HMUz0U875tgMK.99  

How to be a positive force for change in the Church.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/why-church-needs-more-troublemakers#sS5HMUz0U875tgMK.99

 


Spring Cleaning.

Saturday at 9am we will be cleaning the church. Please come and help clean up.

Wednesday Night At Faith

Something for the whole family. It all begins at 6:15pm

A Big Thank you to everyone who helped yesterday.

Pre Confirmation

Saturday, April 5 will be the next children's ministry party for the Mittens Team. The party will be at 5:00. Then a dessert reception and family worship service will happen at 6:30in the Source. Everyone is invited, even those without children.

Men's Night

Men's Night is moving to Monday. This Monday at Mellow Mushroom! 6:30pm

Community Groups.

If you would like to Start or Advertise a Community life or interest group let us know.

Nick and Stephanie Koehler have starting a new community group! It is every other Saturday evening and we are starting by covering the Mars Hill sermon series on Esther. 

Music of the Week

Transient

Hillsong United: White Album

 https://hillsong.com/en/store/products/music/united/the-white-album-[remix-project]/The White Album [Remix Project] is a collection of well-known songs previously released from UNITED but remixed by various Mix Engineers and Musicians. This project includes songs such as With Everything, Search My Heart, From The Inside Out and Like An Avalanche amongst others. Completely remixed, these innovative expressions bring to light a new creative approach to songs that are already well loved.

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