“From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?” After hearing him, some standing there said, “Look! He’s calling Elijah!” Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.” But Jesus let out a loud cry and died. — Mark 15:33-37 (CEB)
“I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes.” I Cor. 11:23-26 (CEB)
Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound, of very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), complained, “This perfume was worth a year’s wages! Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor?” (6 He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would take what was in it.)
Then Jesus said, “Leave her alone. This perfume was to be used in preparation for my burial, and this is how she has used it. You will always have the poor among you, but you won’t always have me.”
Many Jews learned that he was there. They came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. he chief priests decided that they would kill Lazarus too. It was because of Lazarus that many of the Jews had deserted them and come to believe in Jesus. –John 12:1-11 (CEB)
When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task,saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here.If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’”
They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it.Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone.They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it.Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields.Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!”Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve. — Mark 11:1-11 (Common English Bible)
In the Protestant Canon there are 66 books:39 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament. Found with in the sacred pages are words, stories, sayings and teachings that have inspired billions of followers of Christianity spanning millenia.
The church today proclaims the teachings of the Bible through the giving of the message or sermon. Ministers from all walks of life go to the Bible to pull out a message from God about what it means to live a faithful life today. People turn to these words everyday as a way to hear the story of God anew and/or have a new hearing on familiar words.
However, over time the some ministers (myself included) have left out some books when it comes to these proclamations, either intentionally or not. We tend to gravitate to certain books time and time again. By doing this we have shrunk our canon from 66 books to only a handful.
Because of this I have decided to preach sermons from books that many people have more than likely never heard a sermon from before.
I am calling it “The Forgotten Series.”
Over the next five weeks, we will be exploring some of the lesser preached from books of the Bible to see what messages we have been missing.
The series will include (in no particular order):
I will be posting the Sermons page each week if you would like to follow along.
I have an ever growing list of books that I want to read, should read and have been recommended to me but by consequence of having a full time job, preaching on Sundays, a wife and two kids, time is scarce.
So this year I am going to make a goal to read 14 books in the year 2014. I know to some avid readers out there 14 is the standard quota for a week but I am taking baby steps here.
I hope to write reviews on the books I read during this challenge and you never know maybe I will surpass my goal of 14.
If you have any recommendations for me feel free to comment below!
I've pledged to read 14 books for the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge! bit.ly/Ktj1Hn