Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Fourth Mystery: The Gift of the Cross – Bible Readings

All Seven Readings Reflect the Theme of the Cross and its Saving Power   Each one expands on the teaching from the video.   Summary of Session four The Cross is the Ultimate expression of God’s love The Cross shows us that good has triumphed over evil The Cross shows us that God suffers with us in our broken world     Readings for Session Four

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The Fourth Mystery: The Gift of the Cross – Meditation

This meditation is about 11 min long. Find some time to sit down relax and listen, when you won’t be disturbed. It may be helpful to wear headphones to block out distractions. Simply relax, drift off and be in the presence of God of Jesus.   If you are having trouble viewing this video please click the link here   Don’t Forget to leave a comment about how you found the meditation in the comments box below.   Jump Back to the Session Four Homepage

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The Fourth Mystery: The Gift of the Cross – Visualisation

How and why does Jesus’ death matter?   So far we have looked at the historical reasons for Jesus’ death. We saw the mob mentality of the angry crowds, the petty jealousy of the priests and the indifference of the roman governor. As we saw in the meditation all of these are ordinary problems we see in day to day life. We asked if we were there in that situation, what would we have done? Jesus’ death shows humanity at its worst and invites us to see ourselves for who we truly are. Jesus’ death on the cross is in a way inevitable, we simply couldn’t cope with what he

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The Third Mystery: The Gift of Jesus – Bible Readings

All Seven Readings Reflect the Theme of Jesus as the Word made flesh   Each one expands on the teaching from the video.   Summery of Session three Jesus is fully God and fully human In Jesus God shows us he loves us his word of love in action Jesus is God’s response to our broken world   Readings for Session Three

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Jesus is the Lamb of God

Light a Candle to begin your prayer: Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen Read Genesis chapter 22 verses 1-18 After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for

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Jesus the New Adam

Light a Candle to begin your prayer: Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen Read Romans chapter 5 verses 12-21 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is

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Jesus as Sacrifice

Light a Candle to begin your prayer: Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen Read Hebrews 10 verses 1-10 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach. Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshippers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. For it is impossible for the blood of

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Jesus Death

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:   Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen   Read Mark chapter 15 verses 21-40 They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take. It was nine o’clock in the morning

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Jesus Trial

Light a Candle to begin your prayer: Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen Read Mark chapter 15 verses 1-21 As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ But Jesus made no further reply, so that

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Jesus has the Victory over evil

Light a Candle to begin your prayer: Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen Read Philippians chapter 2 verses 5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above

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