Slide He is not here.
He has risen,
just as He said
He would!
Matthew 28:6

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Fredericksburg

1400 Central Park Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

 

Saturday, April 16
4:00pm & 6:00pm

Sunday, April 17
9:00am & 11:00am

 

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Culpeper

Eastern View High School
16332 Cyclone Way
Culpeper, VA 22701


Sunday, April 17
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Richmond

Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

Sunday, April 17
10:30am

 

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Spotsylvania

5050 Gateway Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

 

Saturday, April 16
5:00pm

Sunday, April 17
8:00am, 9:30am, & 11:15am

 

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Stafford

North Stafford High School
839 Garrisonville Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554

 

Sunday, April 17
10:00am

 

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Holy Week Devotionals

We invite you to join us here each day, April 11-16, for a daily devotional brought to you by various members of our staff. Our hope is that these short messages will prepare your heart to celebrate Easter Sunday like never before.

Slide Find The Goodness Berchman Paul Worship Director, Spotsylvania Campus Imagine with me: The streets are filled with sound. Multitudes assemble and their voices are raised, both in happiness and heartache, agony and approval, delight and dread. Deep within the crowd, stumbling and staggering, adorned with thorns and affixed to a wooden cross, is Jesus, our Savior. There He is, on his way to calvary. He would ultimately die on that cross in our place. Once and for all. His Friday was unlike any other. Far from good. However, this day in Christendom is colloquially known as Good Friday. As I reflect on ‘Good Friday’, I often ponder on this title. How could a day so laced with violence, be considered ‘Good’? Betrayed by a close friend…good? Placed on trial…good? Beaten with a cat of nine tails…good? Forced to carry a cross, die a sinner’s death, naked and exposed… how could this be good?

The goodness of Friday was not found in its perpetrated acts, but in the good it produced and its significance for us.

Firstly, the Son of the living God, the darling of heaven, the God-Man, Jesus, abandoned His throne in heaven and subjected Himself to all of this to win our salvation! Isaiah 53:12 says: For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. For you and I, the death of Jesus on the cross paid the penalty of our sin before God. The bible tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22). With Jesus’ perfect, sinless, blameless, holy blood shed upon the cross, our sins are forgiven. We find goodness, today.

Secondly, we can take confidence that our lives are worth living due to the greatness of the sacrifice. The value of something is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it. Therefore, by evaluating the immense value of Jesus, the great worth of the Son of the living God, I can conclude that your life has intrinsic value! So many, young and old, rich and poor, have struggled to see the value in their own lives. The question of ‘is my life even really that important’ has ravaged the minds of millions. Although the weight you must feel from time to time may be unbearable, know this: You are valuable. Not simply because of who you are or what you do, but because of how Jesus sees you. He sees a life worth laying his own life down for. The cross is the greatest and most sincere expression of “I SEE YOU” of all time!

Friends, let today be the reminder that you are deeply loved, relentlessly pursued and wholly chosen by a loving God. Find the goodness, today.
Slide But Sunday Is Coming Heather Littleton Kidspoint Director, Fredericksburg Campus We’ve all been there before…you asked for a large fry at McDonald's, but you got a small fry instead. You showed your hairdresser a picture of the exact color and cut that you wanted, but when you looked in the mirror it couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s the letter from the college you wanted to attend, saying they are not able to admit you at this time. Or the doctor’s diagnosis when you were full of faith and expecting healing, but your report showed the opposite. It’s praying desperately for your marriage to be restored and not seeing it come to fruition. Life sure can throw some disappointments our way.

I’ve been in a season of life like that, too. My husband and I walked through infertility for sixteen months - month after month, test after test, disappointment after disappointment. We celebrated friends' pregnancy announcements. We wanted, begged, and pleaded with God for a healthy baby of our own. I spent countless moments in the shower crying, not knowing what else to do; it was out of my control. I’m thrilled to say that only because of Jesus and the miracles He still does, we are welcoming our first baby girl, Glory, into this world in just a few weeks.

Maybe your story looks like mine - you’ve made it to the other side of a few disappointments. Or quite possibly, you’re still in that waiting season and you’re wondering when it will end.
You see, life’s disappointments are inevitable. But can I tell you something? Life’s greatest disappointments are God's greatest opportunities to show His glory. When I think about the resurrection story, I see it filled with many disappointments, but that’s not how it ends. What we really remember from the story is the hope that it brings and the joy we walk in today.

Disappointments in Jesus’ eyes
Jesus in the Garden. Read Matthew 26: 36-46
This is one of the most vulnerable moments between Jesus and his father, God. Jesus prays specifically for this next season to pass him but acknowledges that if it’s God's plan, He will do it. Jesus feels the weight of what he is about to walk into - being crucified for our sins so that we can have a relationship with the Father. Even though Jesus is fully God, and knew that this was coming, He is also fully man and is still filled with disappointment. He was denied by his closest friends, mocked by many, sold for 30 pieces of silver by one of his disciples…so you see, He understands what you’re feeling in disappointing seasons.

Disappointments in the disciples’ eyes
Three-day wait. Read Matthew 27:57 - 28:20 & Matthew 28:16.
When the disciples chose to follow Jesus they left their jobs, families, and everything to do it. For what - to watch Him die? They believed that He was the Son of God. I can only imagine what they were feeling and thinking in these days. I bet many of them started to second guess their decision or trialed through mockery for it. Two days after Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and burial and nothing had happened yet. In the global church, we recognize this day as Saturday’s disappointment.

BUT SUNDAY IS COMING

Saturday wasn’t the end of the story, and wherever you are or whatever you are going through, it isn’t the end of your story either. Resurrection Sunday brought hope to Saturday’s disappointments and in the same way, God wants to use our disappointments and restore hope in you, too. Whatever “Saturday season” you’re in right now, take hope knowing that it isn’t finished; one day it will be marked by how the Lord worked everything for the good of those who love Him.

Let me leave you with this challenge:

1. Invite the Holy Spirit into your disappointments. Don’t give him prayers that you think he wants you to pray, be open and honest with Him - He can handle it.

2. Find a scripture that you can cling to. When we walked through infertility journey, my husband and I clung to Romans 8:18.

3. Find your people. Have a few people that you can be real, raw, and truly open with. God created us to be in a relationship with others so we do not have to go through life’s disappointments alone.
Slide Who do I look like? Lauren Tinnell Director of Small Groups Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
(Luke 22:1-6)

Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, so he had a front row, live action view of every miracle Jesus performed and every message Jesus preached. But Judas was more than just a spectator of Jesus’ power; being a disciple would have offered him access to a meaningful relationship. These men would have shared meals together and Judas would have held conversations with Jesus, even embraced Him, yet we find him in the middle of this Holy week story as the betrayer of Jesus. Judas at one point in his life was willing to leave behind everything he had known to follow Jesus, but just three short years later he went from a chosen disciple to a thief and traitor. How did he get here?

Even before Judas betrayed Jesus, we find in scripture that he was a disciple that was living a double life of greed and deceit, devoid of anything that emulates Jesus. He looked more like the hypocritical religious scholars than a person with proximity to a Savior. And though Judas’ betrayal brought Jesus to the cross, this is not the end of the story. God flips the script on this story of betrayal, and it becomes the ultimate love story. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10). It is our sins that hung on the cross. Jesus, though, was willing to stand in our place, paying the penalty of death so that we might have life.

As we read about Judas you may have seen a glimmer of yourself – merely a spectator of Jesus than someone whose been changed into the likeness of Jesus, a transformation that Judas never allowed himself to experience. Romans 12:1-2 says: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

May this Easter season be the catalyst for asking ourselves this question: “Am I becoming more like Jesus or Judas?” and should we be the latter, the good news for us is that God is in the business of changing the narratives of our lives if we allow Jesus to take the leading role.
Slide Divine Disruption Gerald Hackett Campus Pastor Richmond On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

(Mark 11:15-18)

It was business as usual at the temple as the people came to make atonement for their sins. Some had traveled a great distance for this event. They were getting ready for the Passover festival. There were pigeons, lambs, bulls, goats, and other animals in the temple court for purchase to offer as a sacrifice. Money-changers were exchanging the Roman currency for temple coins so people could pay the temple tax. Merchants were walking through with their goods to sell. Everything seemed to be going as planned, but then Jesus entered the scene.

What started out as a normal service was quite literally turned upside down. I don't want to move past the significance of the order in this moment, because in doing so we miss the significance of the chaos that ensues after Jesus' arrival. When Jesus entered He immediately began turning tables and driving the animals and merchants out. I picture Him shouting that this was intended to be a house of prayer. From the outside, it would have appeared as if Jesus had lost His mind! I can imagine that some people tried to get closer to the chaos while others may have tried to hide. This event is recorded in all four gospels, which means it must be important - why?

Have you ever experienced a disruption in your plans? It probably didn’t come in the form of a church service like the priests and pharisees experienced the day Jesus walked in, but I bet it was life-changing. Maybe you were saving for retirement and planning for your future, just to be hit with total financial devastation. Maybe you planned a life with someone but now you find yourself alone again and wondering if it will always be this way. Maybe someone you love deeply was sick, and despite all your prayer and fasting he or she still didn’t make it. Whatever the divine disruption has been in your life I am confident that after it happened life was never the same. It may seem as though nothing good can come from this disruption and that all is lost. But the temple story we read above doesn't end in chaos; Jesus does something so memorable. Go back and read it again; I don’t want you to miss this.

Jesus doesn't just turn the tables and leave, He stays and teaches the people. I picture Jesus sitting amongst the chaos and calling His people to Him to listen to why things went the way they did. I picture His eyes looking at His people with love and compassion as He explained the chaos and its purpose. I don't think everyone came to him though, I bet there were still many that chose to clean up the mess or try to restore order.

When disruption comes, I want to be the kind of person that draws close to Him in the midst of it all, leaving the mess to be sorted out by the only One who can! Isn't that how life's disruptions are intended to be? Nothing is lost when Jesus is Lord; each and every experience is designed to sanctify us and make us more like Him. So, in the middle of your chaos, whatever that is, I encourage you to lean in closer to the Author of peace. God promises to use all things for our good and, most importantly, for His glory. Seek Him in the face of your disruption. Spend time alone with God in prayer or in worship. Read the words He so passionately preserved for us through the centuries. But most importantly, don't hide in the chaos.    
Slide Mountains and Valleys Jazmyn Ward Director of Administration, Lifepoint College Have you ever found yourself on the mountaintop - a moment of celebration and absolute triumph? Only to, in a whirlwind, feel like you’ve been dropped into a valley and are seeing just how far you’ve fallen? Life’s circumstances can change in an instant; an unexpected message from your boss, the diagnosis at the doctor’s office, the stinging words of someone you love, the chaos of the world around us that leaves us feeling out of control.

Reflecting on Holy Week – the time between Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and His crucifixion – we see what surely felt like a whirlwind of changing circumstances. However, Jesus was able to confidently walk out those days from Palm Sunday, through betrayal, mockery, and to His death, because He was aware that the promise of Easter was coming. Jesus intimately knew and fully trusted the Father; that His plan always held redemption, resurrection and life; not just for Himself but for you and me.

No matter where you find yourself on the journey today, be it on the mountaintop, in the valley or somewhere in between – you can take your next step in assurance that the God whom Jesus trusted is the same God who has good plans for you too. We can walk through these moments confident that God is with us. His loving and merciful character is eternally unchanged despite the ever-changing circumstances of our lives. Live filled with trust in God. Know that He is with you, He is for you, and He’s already conquered the valleys on your behalf.

Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe? Indeed, an hour is coming, and has come, when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

(John 16:31-33)
Slide The Power of the Blood Dakari Rollins Youth Director, Spotsylvania Campus For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
(1 Peter 1:18-19)

Many of us know the story of Jesus and what He did in his time here on this earth; we know that He came to set captives free, open blinded eyes, and break us away from the slavery of sin. All of this was accomplished by Christ's work on the cross. Many of us know what He accomplished in the grave and when He rose again, ascending into Heaven. But do you also know the true power held in His blood; the meaning and significance behind what He shed on the cross?

In the Old Testament, a priest was required to regularly sacrifice for the sins of the nation of Israel, which took place through the offering of an animal. This animal's blood was shed as payment for the sins of God's children. The only issue with this sacrifice was that it would never sustain the payment of the sins of the nation of Israel and therefore was required to take place again and again. But Christ’s blood holds a different power. As the verse says in 1 Peter 1:18, "And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value...". While the blood of the animals would not last because their value was temporary, the blood of Jesus does not lose its value.

It doesn't lose its value when we sin, when we forget what He has done, when we are ashamed, when we feel unworthy, on good days or bad days. His blood has been and will always be enough to wash us clean of our sins! It's always enough for you and me every day, every season, every moment. " It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God." Because He lasts forever, the power of His blood lasts forever, His promises last forever, and the truth of the Gospel lasts forever. The best part is that you don't need to come perfect, because He already did that. With Jesus, you can come as you are, but you will never leave from Him the same.