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Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by the apostle Judas Iscariot, Jesus was crucified by the Romans, by order of the Ruler Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, severe torture, and loss of blood.

Jesus Christ, a descendant of Abraham, was a member of the house of David. He was the supposed son of the late Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth and Mary, His devoted mother. (He often substantiated His claim that His true Father was God.) Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem, Judea. He is survived by His mother Mary, His faithful apostles, and numerous disciples. 

 Jesus was self-educated and spent the last three years of this life working as a teacher. Jesus also occasionally worked as a medical doctor, and it is reported that He healed many patients. Until the time of His death, Jesus was teaching and sharing the good news, healing the sick, touching the lonely, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor.  

 Jesus was most noted for telling parables about His Father’s kingdom and performing miracles, such as feeding over 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish and healing a man who was born blind. On the day before His death, He held a last supper celebrating the Passover Feast, at which He foretold His death.

 The body was quickly buried in a stone grave, which was donated by Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple. By order of Pontius Pilate, a boulder was rolled in front of the tomb. Roman soldiers were put on guard.  

 In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that everyone try to live as Jesus did. Donations may be sent to anyone in need. 

 P. S.: A remarkable follow up report to this obituary: On the third day after the crucifixion, His followers discovered that the tomb was empty! Jesus had told them He would rise from the dead, and true to His Word, He still lives. Read Luke 24 for the amazing account of what happened on the third day.

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THURSAY – 6:30 PM The Church gathers to celebrate the Passover Meal

 FRIDAY – 6:30 PM – The Church gathers to worship Christ as HE died on Calvary

 SATURDAY – 5:00 PM – The Church gathers to celebrate the EMPTY TOMB

 SUNDAY – 10:00 AM – The Church gathers to celebrate the EMPTY TOMB

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            Joy Weir is in the hospital with an intestinal issue…..she is hoping to be released so she can attend the Passover Meal tonight……………Even though we call off our D-Groups if there is a major Holiday that week —- I went ahead and had 2 groups — such wonderful discussion – and the thing that surprised me is that we covered all questions in each group – that in itself is a miracle…never happened before.  Final question – “if you died tonight would you go to heaven”? One response – “Not sure, I haven’t been baptized.”………………Madison Duff, who attends Rock Bridge –  scored well playing a solo on her trombone last Saturday in high school competition in Mexico, MO………………. How great has it been to welcome guests to our Celebration Services that past few weekends….Sure several have a response as to why —– without reservation – I would say God is answering our prayers that we pray on the Sunday evening we gather for our 1st Sunday Prayer Gathering —- therefore thanks for coming — thanks for praying — thanks for asking God to help people in our community develop a hunger and thirst for righteousness……………..M/M Shelby Baker purchased a home on 5 acres with a few outbuilding and large lake…they will be living in Howard County – and still attend Discovery.  They closed on March 23rd………………..There were 11 people who participated in our Spring Work Day at Discovery last Saturday.  All jobs Jerry assigned were completed except 2.  Those jobs were finalized on Wednesday – when Chris Fleenor sealed the linoleum floor, in front of the lady’s restroom — and Solomon Yoder – along with Chris and Max rented a snake and cleaned out the drain pipe which runs along the south side of the building.  The building is in “tip-shop-shape” waiting for you and me to bring friends, family, and guests with us to celebrate JESUS CHRIST this Easter Season……………

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As you enter the auditorium – look up immediately.  You will see 3 theater lights which should change the view you will have as you look at the stage.  Thanks to brothers:  Kevin, Kent, Doug, and Ron – we have corrected a problem.  Also there is a camera mounted below the lights which gives us opportunity to record our service and put it on our webpage – and/or Facebook so others can not only hear the service but observe the service. 

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TONIGHT at 6:30 – our understanding of prophecy will be increased – our appreciation of the entire Bible will be heightened – and our love for Jesus and our faith in Him will grow.  We are grateful for Eileen Detore who will be leading us in the Passover Meal.  We are also grateful to a dozen other ladies who are responsible for providing other parts of the meal – as well as the CHICKEN DINNER that will follow.   TONIGHT will be a great night for DISCOVERY – there are about 60 signed up to share in the Passover tonight.

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GOOD FRIDAY at 6:30 – the church will gather to relive – hear again – and worship the Christ as he uttered His 7 last words from the cross.  To whom did He speak each word – and what did those words mean? 

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      Our Weekend Celebration Services will be a culmination of HOLY WEEK – as we celebrate the EMPTY TOMB……Why was the Stone rolled away……What did the Rolled away stone reveal……We know that on the 1st day of the week Mary found the tomb empty and she ran and told others.  Who will you tell – so they may come and investigate the evidence regarding the resurrection of Jesus?  

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· Couple individuals are struggling with depression….God knows all things – so please in your prayer lift up those in depression. · I’m asking God to lay some soul upon each heart – a soul that does not know Jesus – my prayer is that God will bring that person into your life this week and you will invite them to share Easter with you at Discovery. · Please lift up the marriages in our church…..Satan loves to destroy family relationships because the marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church. · Kirstin Yoder – serving with the Navy – stationed in San Diego, Calif. · Joy Weir – broken hip – healing is slower than Joy desires – also complicated by intestinal issues – Jackie’s sister Margie in Shelbina now in recovery for a year – Doug’s dad Ray, in hospital in Kirksville recovering from another heart heart attack, pray for strength to return home.

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SOME CONSIDERATIONS THIS EASTER WEEKEND

It will be one of the highest attended days of the year for our church.  Let’s hope it is highest.   There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.   You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are a few servant actions for you to consider.

1   Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.

2   Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.

3   Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.

4   Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.

5   Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late comers, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.

6   Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.

7   Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.

8   Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.

These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.

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