PARTAKE OF ME!

Christ is our Redeemer

 

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Partake of Me

I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me.

John 6:57

Bread of the world, in mercy broken, wine of the soul, in mercy shed, by whom the words of life were spoken, and in whose death our sins are dead;
Look on the heart by sorrow broken, look on the tears by sinners shed; and may Thy feast to us be the token that by Thy grace our souls are fed.

Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken
Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

 

A Communion hymn

Reginald Heber wrote this hymn specifically for use in the service before the Eucharist. Its simple lines focus first on Christ and then on the attitude of the singer. Christ has spoken words of life and has taken our sins to the cross with Him. We are sorry for our sins and take this “feast” of bread and wine as a “token” of the forgiveness that Christ offers.

For sixteen years Heber served as a parish priest in the village of Hodnet in western England. Three times he was asked to become the bishop of Calcutta, India, and twice he turned it down. Finally at the age of forty, he accepted the call and sailed for India with his wife and two daughters. Three years later, after preaching to a crowded church near Hindu shrines to Vishnu and Siva, he suffered a stroke and died.

While Heber’s hymns initially met with official church resistance, many of them were eventually published shortly before his death and have been a blessing to believers for nearly two centuries.

Our Holy Week readings are adapted from The One Year® Book of Hymns by Mark Norton and Robert Brown, Tyndale House Publishers (1995). Today’s is taken from the entry for April 4.

For more reflection on Holy week, see The Passion, Tyndale’s companion book to Mel Gibson’s powerful movie about the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life.

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

What evidence do you see that God values life and family?

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There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 12:7

About this week’s promise:

 

This week we pause to remember Terri Schiavo, who died on March 31, 2005 after a long battle over sustaining her life. The tragedy of that battle serves as a reminder that God values life and celebrates family.

Within God’s laws and rules for his people in the land of promise, we find this wonderful insight: God is a God of joy and gladness. He wants us to worship him with joy and gladness. Families come together for feasting and food, joy and delight, fun and games. “Count me in,” God is reminding us. “Use these occasions to praise and honor me and to thank me for what I have done for you.” Remember this when you get together for family feasting and fun.

Adapted from TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p 166

Digging Deeper

For more on this week’s promise, see Fighting for David by Leone Nunley and Deanne Merrill, Tyndale House Publishers (2006)
“Persistent vegetative state” — that was the term doctors used to describe the condition of Leone Nunley’s handsome young son, David, following a horrific motorcycle crash. But when doctors were prepared to give up hope for his recovery, Leone determined to fight for David’s future. In this powerfully inspiring story, Leone shares her many trials — legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual — and the amazing ways that faith helped her, and David, overcome. She also offers a unique and personal perspective on many of the questions raised by highly publicized cases such as that of Terri Schiavo.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

 

IN HIS IMAGE

We are created in His image

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When was the last time you really looked deep into the night sky?

The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.

Psalm 19:1

 

Explore the wonder

 

The story is told of a remarkable rabbi named Abraham Heschel. Several years before his death he suffered a massive heart attack, and he was sure he would die. His best friend sat by his side. Rabbi Heschel whispered to his friend, “Sam, I feel only gratitude for my life, for every moment I have lived. I am ready to go. I have seen so many miracles during my lifetime.”

Exhausted, the old rabbi leaned back in his bed to catch his breath. After a long pause, he said, “Sam, never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”

Everything about God and creation screams out thoughts of wonder and amazement. Any person who can stand before it and yawn is either dead and buried or might as well be. With God, boredom is not an option. King David cried out to God in song, “I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place…the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth!” (Psalm 8:3; 8-9)

I’m one who believes there are no atheists in the world, only stubborn insubordinates. God’s creation is his greatest evangelist. How sad that we so seldom stop to acknowledge its wonder.

adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin,, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), p 37


Saint Augustine taught that God created the world out of nothing. Creation was something like the magician pulling a rabbit out of hat. Except God didn’t have a rabbit and He didn’t have a hat. R C SPROUL

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House