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Empty Promises - Sincere, but Empty

Matthew 26:30-35
30  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31  Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33  Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
34  Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
35  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Have you ever made a promise and genuinely meant to keep that promise, but didn't? We all have. The promises can range from the incredibly simple like, "I'll be there to pick you up in 10 minutes," only to arrive 30 minutes later to the profound and life changing like, "I will love you until death parts us," only to be divorced…

Sacrament

Matthew 26:26-29
26  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body."
27  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29  I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

The Father has left us many gifts that grow our faith, strengthen our commitment to Him, and grant us amazing life here. First we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, which is utterly amazing and makes us unique among the faiths of the world. The Holy Spirit has given us gifts (prophecy, teaching, mercy, helping . . . ) and fruit (love, joy, peace . . . .). And we have been given the sacraments that bring faith, forgiveness, and power into our lives. These Sacraments are Baptism and Ho…

Broken Fellowship

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