Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Bethany Bullet - March 4. 2014

Thinking about giving something up for Lent? Ready, Set, Go

Consider “giving up” three evenings.  On two of them go see the films entitled Son of God and Noah, and then on the third evening join us for Jesus, Java & Jive on Sunday night on April 6th.  Desire a greater discipline or more costly “give-up”?  Consider “giving up” the price of a couple of tickets, a bucket of pop-corn and a soda and invite an un-churched friend to attend both films with you and then bring them to our Jesus, Java & Jive event as well.

Mark begins his Gospel with the words, “The Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1) Through the telling of the events of Christ’s life in Mark’s Gospel no one, other than a demon who is quickly silenced, identifies Jesus as the Son of God until the climactic scene of Mark’s account when Jesus bows His head and gives up His spirit and a Roman solider testifies that, “Certainly, this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39 - GW version)

The Son of God is not only the title given Jesus in Mark’s Gospel it is also the title of a major motion picture about Jesus that opened this past weekend at some local theaters. To view the trailer, go to www.sonofgodmovie.com or click HERE if you are reading this online to see the trailer clip.

Long before Jesus sat in Peter’s boat or calmed the sea, Noah built a boat and rode out the tumult of the world wide flood.  Jesus, God walking among us, had a human ancestry that included Noah (Luke 3:36). That ancestor Noah we are told, “…walked with God and was a righteous man.” (Genesis 6:9).

Like his great, great, great, great...grandson Jesus, Noah’s story will also be spilling onto screens in theaters soon. Noah the motion picture opens on Friday, March 28th. For a view of the trailer go to www.noahmovie.com or click HERE if you are reading this online to see the trailer clip.

On Sunday night April 6th at 6:30PM we will host a Jesus, Java and Jive to discuss these two films.  RSVP to the church office 562-421-4711 or email your RSVP to Cindy Morrison (cmorrison@bethanylutheran.org) in the church office by April 2nd

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer


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