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The Possessed Foreigner
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Glory of Zion
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
7 All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
and I will adorn my glorious temple.
8 “Who are these that fly along like clouds,
like doves to their nests?
9 Surely the islands look to me;
in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a]
bringing your children from afar,
with their silver and gold,
to the honor of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.
The Throne in Heaven
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
Don’t be shy; don’t be doubtful; lift up your eyes and look around.
They have gathered all around you, eager to come and be closeto you.
And your children will come back to this land:
your sons from the farthest places of wandering,
and your daughters gently carried home.
5 And when you see it, your face will glow;
your heart will race and be filled with joy;
For great ships will arrive with gifts from across the sea,
and the wealth of nations will make their way to you.
6 Herd after herd of camels will cover the land,
caravans arriving daily from south and southwest: Midian, Ephah,
Even Sheba with gifts of gold and frankincense.
They will announce for all the world to hear, “The Eternal be praised!”
7 Kedar’s flocks will be gathered for you;
Nebaioth’s rams will be available for sacrifices.
Eternal One: When they are offered on My altar, I will accept them.
I will make My glorious house even more glorious.
8 Who are these sailing to our ports like clouds through the sky,
like doves winging their way home to their window sills?
9 Breezy coastlands will wait expectantly for Me; the ships of Tarshish arrive first
to bring your children back from distant lands
Carrying in their holds the silver and gold—
to honor the name of the Eternal your God,
The Holy One of Israel who has made you beautiful.
Is this our view of the Gospel?
Is this a Failure or the Actual Gospel
Jesus kicks out the temple abusers.
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buyingand selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them,“‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’[g]?”
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Your persistent wrongdoing has come between you and your God;
since you constantly reject and push God away,
He had to turn aside and ignore your cries.
3 For your hands are covered with blood;
your fingers are sticky with all manner of crimes;
Your lips drip vicious lies;
your tongue mutters all manner of wickedness.
4 Everyone misuses the judicial system,
clogging it with twisted accusations and misleading testimony.
With empty charges and baseless lies
they conceive trouble and give birth to injustice.
5 They concoct and create the most poisonous things;
it’s as if they hatch vipers’ eggs or weave spiders’ webs.
Eat their eggs and die; crush one and a viper is hatched—
yet more poison, hurt, and distrust.
6 There is nothing of value in their creations—
the webs they weave are not fit to clothe or cover anyone.
The products they make are nothing but trouble;
violence comes naturally to them.
7 Their feet race to do evil;
they rush to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are bent toward injustice;
destruction and trouble line the roads of their lives.
8 They never travel the path of peace;[a]
no justice is found where they have been.
They set a course down crooked roads;
no one who follows their lead has a chance of knowing peace.
9 People: That’s why we can’t make things right;
good and true can’t gain any ground on us.
We look earnestly for a bright spot, but there isn’t
even a glimmer of hope; it’s darkness all around.
10 We are left to stumble along, grabbing at whatever seems solid,
like the blind finding their way down a strange and threatening street.
In broad daylight—when we should have sight—we stumble and fall as in the dark.
We are already like the dead among those brimming with health.
11 We growl like bears and moan like doves.
We hope that maybe, just maybe, it will all turn out right;
But it doesn’t. We look for liberation, but it’s too far away.
12 For our wrongdoing runs too deep before You.
Our sins stack up against us—sure evidence of our guilt.
For our offenses are always with us; they are insidious and lasting, as You know.
Our guilt says it all. We know it, too.
13 We took You for nothing, and did just the opposite of Your commands.
We broke our promises to You, ignored and rejected You.
We hatched up schemes to oppress others and rebel, to twist the truth for our gain
while presenting it as honest-to-God fact.
14 When justice calls, we turn it away.
Righteousness knows to keep its distance,
For truth stumbles in the public square,
and honesty is not allowed to enter.
15 There is no truth-telling anymore,
and anyone who tries to do right finds he is the next target.
It’s true. The Eternal One saw it all
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Men's Night Tuesday!
We are meeting at JJ's in Bella Vista at 6:30pm
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Candy and Goodies!
For Easter at Orchard's Park and for our Faith egg hunt, we will need lots of individually wrapped candy, small prizes, stickers, and plastic eggs. Begin bringing your donations to church and place them in the collection box outside the sanctuary. Monetary donations are also accepted to make last minute purchases.
Holy Week 2016
Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 20
Wednesday - no church activities
Maundy Thursday - 6:30 pm Thursday, March 24(dinner afterwards)
Good Friday - 7:00 pm Friday, March 25
Easter at Orchard's Park - Saturday, March 26
Easter Sunday - brunch at 9:00, egg hunt at 9:30, and worship at 10:15
Easter at Orchard's Park 2016!
Save the date! Carnival-style games from 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, March 26th
Bentonville Half Marathon
Save the date! Handing out water and gel
Saturday, April 2nd
Cycle and Serve!
The Mid-South District LCMS is turning 50. To celebrate, Pastor Ondraka will bike all the way across the district. He will start in Bentonville onSaturday, April 17 and conclude in Knoxville. To send him off, we will be joining the other churches in NWA in a service project and dinner at the DAC in Bentonvlle. Come celebrate with us!
We are currently looking for a coordinator for this year's VBS!
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Wednesday Night for Youth and Kids
Students in confirmation will continue to study with Pastor Cris, Kids up to grade 6 will be studying with Coli and Karra. Come join us for fun and Bible study at 6:15 every Wednesday!
Lutheran Hour Study of Islam
The Wednesday night community group will be continuing to study about Islam. Come join them at 6:15 each Wednesday!
Current Community Groups
- 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Schommer's house - 6:30 snacks/7:00 Bible study
- Every Wednesday at Faith - 6:15 pm discussion and Bible study
- Every Friday at Panera - 7:00 am men's Bible study
- Every other Sunday at the Escher's house - 6:30 women's prayer and share time