THE NEW YEAR
The New Year always holds a dim glimmer of hope
but in the end we usually return to things as usual. We are going to do this,
change that and so on. It is true His mercies are new every morning.
have a feeling 2003-2004 is going to be a year of change at Maranatha. We are
prayerfully commencing the Emmaus Road Inn Sunday eve 1/19.
The service will commence at
. with the doors opening at
I am modeling the evening after Luke�s
account in his 24th chapter.
Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of
them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from
17 He asked them, �What
are you discussing together as you walk along?�
stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, �Are you
only a visitor to
things?� he asked.
Jesus of Nazareth,� they replied. �He was a prophet, powerful in word and
deed before God and all the people. 20
The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to
death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the
one who was going to redeem
25 He said to them, �How
foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have
spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to
suffer these things and then enter his glory?� 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he
explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the
village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29
But they urged him strongly, �Stay with us, for it is nearly evening;
the day is almost over.� So he went in to stay with them. 30 When
he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began
to give it to them. 31 Then
their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their
sight. 32 They asked
each other, �Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us
on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?� 33 They got up and
returned at once to
We will break bread together, study the Scriptures and converse with each other. We will have a time of singing and sharing with open mic�., daring. Don�t worry, I have a large stick to run off the self aggrandizing and egomaniacal.
gifted soul can be a part of lifting up Jesus in our midst through testimony,
poetry and song.
So come and join us. Walk as Cleopas and his companion did on that night of nights when the risen Jesus join two disillusioned brethren and transformed their despair into hope.