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Seder Dinner with the Markin/Maulella Group

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Last Friday, the Markin/Maulella Group held their annual Seder Dinner, hosting all Gateway's east-side small groups (including the Dinschel/Spears group and the Women's Group).

John Maulella led the Seder ceremony, talking about how each element points to Christ.  Kids are welcome and encouraged to participate at specific times in the dinner.

Comments from participants after the Seder:

"It's like the Passover meal revealed - the curtain has been lifted."
 
One of the kids said: "I learned that Yeshua is Jesus' name in Hebrew."
 
"The Afikomen so strongly relates to Jesus - the middle matzo wafer gets wrapped in a cloth and hidden for part of the Seder, just like Jesus was wrapped for burial and hidden away in the tomb to be revealed later."
 
The Markin/Maulella group has been studying the book of Mark.  When asked about answers to prayer, they say, "This year we've seen attitudes change, family members come to Christ, people receive promotions."
 
I think the pictures speak volumes.  This tradition has been happening for years, and it's lovely to see how it has grown.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantastic! - Walking on Water

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Today Pastor Ed continued his sermon series titled "Fantastic: Incredible Stories from Jesus' Life and their Significance for Us" looking at Matthew 14:22-36, where Jesus walks on water.

There's nothing unusual about taking a walk - unless you're doing it on water.

If it's not true, where would this story have come from?  It was awfully early for this kind of mythology to have developed, and the authors were clearly intending to write history.

If it is real, Jesus is uniquely and incredibly Fantastic -- He's Holy -- set apart, unique, in a completely different category from anything else in existence.

The disciples' response is, "What kind of man is this?"

When Jesus gets in the boat, they do what you do to God -- they worship him.

Observations:

1.  There's always hope when we put our trust in God.

No matter what the obstacle.  God's rule extends over even the laws of nature themselves.

Faith is understanding that God can do anything, believing that God can do anything, and putting our hope in him.

2.  The power that was available to and through Jesus is now available to and through us.

An astonishing part of this passage is that Peter walked on water.  Peter was an ordinary guy, just like us.

What does that mean for us?

In John 14:12, Jesus says, "Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing."

We are called to be fantastic in the same provocative way.

Predictable and normal = safe

Jesus' kind of fantastic is disruptive and shocking to the world around us.

Application:

1.  Be amazed at Jesus!

Rediscover the wonder of Jesus.

2.  Open our hearts to Believe:  If Jesus is involved, anything is possible.

3.  We need to go ALL IN with that belief.

Let's be caught finding out what that means.

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Gateway, what do you think?  I find myself tremendously challenged by this message - but wondering what it looks like, what it means.  If you have some thoughts about it, please add them in the comments!

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