Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV).

The day before Good Friday is called “Maundy  Thursday,” or “Holy Thursday.” It comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning commandment.

It was the day, which Jesus celebrated His last Passover with His Disciples before the Cross and what will become our celebration or the ordinance of Communion. This is also known as the Last Supper. What is often missed, is in this day in which over the centuries the Church has given such credence too, are three commands. One of example to serve, as Jesus in humility and service washed His Disciples’ feet. Then the command of communion, where Jesus calls us to remember that we are a part of a new covenant paid by His life, death and resurrection that depicts our allegiance and faith. This is about our fellowship and togetherness, and in all this He gives us the command to love one another (Matt, 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20; John 13:1-17; 1 Cor. 11:17).

Illustration 

I read about how the “King of Abyssinia who once took a British subject named Cameron prisoner and incarcerated him in the high fortress of Magdala. No cause was stated for his confinement. When Great Britain found out, she demanded an immediate release of her citizen. King Theodore refused.

“According to the story, within days Great Britain sent several thousand soldiers by ship to Magdala. After marching across unfriendly country for many miles, they attacked the fortress and rescued that one British subject. “The expedition took several months and cost the English government twenty-five million dollars. The entire resources of the government were made available in the rescue of only one citizen.”

Similarly, because of God’s great love for us, He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, from heaven to earth to rescue you and me from the prison of eternal death (that we actually deserved) by dying in our place to pay the judgment price for our sins.

However, on the day before Jesus suffered an excruciating and agonizing death by being crucified, he gave his disciples and followers a new commandment and that was “that we love one another.” This he demonstrated for us on the cross at Calvary.

With tireless regularity Easter comes around year after year as a powerful reminder to all the world that Jesus, the Son of God, loved us so much that he gave his life as a ransom for our sins, so that we could be given a full and free pardon and the gift of eternal life.

There is no greater gift in all of life. There is no greater love in all the world. And because Jesus loved us so much, may God help us to love and forgive others as he has so freely loved and forgiven us. This is his new commandment to you and to me.

Lesson

What Jesus shows us in John 13 is sated in the key word, “Full extent of his love. The “full extent” is what Jesus was about to show—His sacrifice for our sins!

Jesus took on the righteous wrath of God for sin and paid the penalty, sacrificing Himself for us. Jesus not only set the example, but more importantly, also redeemed us. In addition, this refers to the “substitutionary atonement,” also known as “propitiation.” Christ was the innocent, sacrificial lamb who died for the guilty—for our sins, something which we could not do. The sacrifice of Christ was for us (Isa 53:4-12; Mark 10:45; Rom. 3:21-26; 1Cor. 1:23-25; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 9:15). 1 Pet. 2:18-25)!

Wash one another’s feet. Meaning “imitation,” as in doing as you have seen me do and as I have instructed you. This was not to be a foot-washing ordinance; rather, it was an example of humble service. Real, effective leadership, whether meant to lead a person of the faith or to lead a church of the faithful is all about servant leadership. Ministry is not about what I want, it is about following Christ’s example and as a showcase for others to see and follow (Mark 10:35-45; Luke 22:26; John 1:27; 1 Cor. 3 – 4; Eph. 4; 2 Pet. 2:1-3).

We are called to be the “Example!”  To show others and influence and shepherd them (not just tell them.

Ordnance: Foot washing service 

Just look how our LORD God, the Creator and Sustainer did. Jesus took a towel and washed His disciples’ feet. (This can be an act we can simply use for a “Maundy Thursday” service, a reflection before Easter) Take a basin and towels and gently wash one another’s feet. It is best for the pastor and our leaders to do the washing. Do this with reverence and quiet with a prayer or blessing upon each person. I personally use Numbers 6:24-25.

Reflection 

Christian leaders are responsible to care for God’s people with faithfulness and honor, and never out of harsh or improper motivations! Jesus is our archetype and pattern for who we are and what we are to do—all in love and humility. We can trust Christ to lead us, and thus we can lead others in the same manner (Matt. 23).

Be blessed!  God desires to bestow upon us a significant favor and grace! 

This is a Jewish blessing, and means the God who blesses us—to be deeply happy and content because we are enjoying God and His special favor. There is a direct correlation between following Him and receiving His blessedness and contentment, and following ourselves, pride, and evil to be self-destructive and miserable (Deut. 27:11-28:6; Jer. 1:11-12; Ezek. 36:24-27; Mic. 1:10-15; Matt. 5:3-11; John 3; 7:37-39; 1 Peter 1: 3-12).

Suggested prayer: “Dear Jesus God, how can I ever thank you enough for all you have done for me. . . For dying for my sins and for rescuing me from the pit of hell and giving me the gift of eternal life to be in heaven forever with you. Help me to love others as you have loved me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer, Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”

Leader’s devotional beforehand: Jesus was demonstrating what the Disciples must do to participate in and spread the kingdom of God, focusing and developing others for Him by service, example, and humility. What this tells us that we must get our direction “form and mold” after Christ rather than trends, the latest ideas, or what we may think will work. Purely and simply, leadership is learned by first being a child and a servant of Christ. Neither an intellectual awareness nor Christian activity means anything without Christ. We must be His to do as He wills; this takes our acceptance of Christ first, then our commitment and continual faith (example: Ezek. 34: 1-10; Luke 15:3-7; John 10:1-18; 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:3; love: Gal. 5:22-23; Col. 3:12-17; 1 Thess. 4:9-10; 5:8-13; 1 John 4:7-11; humility: 1 Kings 8:58; Psalm 25; Luke 22:27; Col. 1:18; Phil. 2:8; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:3-5)!

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Here is our Latest Newsletter!

ITW at LAC4Due to the sensitivity of the places we serve at Into Thy Word go to, we cannot give details for people’s safety, but just to tell you, wow, God is at work!

It is because having God called us, equipped us and sent us and is powerfully using us. Will you join up to partner with this vital mission!? Why? We train and equip pastors and church leaders all over the world online and in person.

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter1214.pdf

Here is the previous newsletter to catch up with us….

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter0714.pdf

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter1213.pdf

I am teaching an in-depth verse by verse Bible Study in So Cal, join us…. “An Overview of the Bible” or “A Walk through Scripture.” A two year study through the Bible, year 1, the Old Testament, year 2 New Testament, a basic overview of each book and its main themes’… currently we are in the passion week of Jesus….

Purpose: It is the endeavor of this study to do a cursory walk through the main streams of God’s Word the Bible. Gain a deeper understanding of the themes, main thoughts, calls, commands and applications to know Christ and live for His glory. It will follow an inductive format with notes and outlines too.

Come join us for a challenging and friendly study environment, with a goal to pursue the heart of God and fellowship together. Led by Dr. Richard Krejcir from Into Thy Word Ministries. For information, email me or call Richard at intothyword.com.

More info here: https://www.lakeave.org/events-calendar/journey-mid-week-bible-study/11250/

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What is Incarnational Leadership?

Incarnational leadership is rooted in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, as “He took a towel” (John 13:2-5).

He was efficient with people, had goals in sight, but was also relational over being task-driven.

This kind of leadership produces a church filled with real purpose and motivation as people are called, appreciated, loved, encouraged, discipled, involved by mentoring and discipleship before they are deployed in ministry. This is “Christ life” before “ministry life.” Thus, the leadership of Christ is producing a church of spiritual maturity and involvement so that the people are inspired to be devolved, as in caught up in Christ and with one another to be more admirable in the faith and in the world making Him known. After they are deployed, the equipping and encouraging are to continue. Manipulation, conniving, and posturing are to be absent, as God’s Love is the fuel.

This kind of leadership sees Christ glorified as our tempers and temperaments come in line with His precepts. It means being imitators of Christ so we go in the direction of the possibilities; we stretch beyond what we think we can do or go, and seek where and what He has for us, even with our limitations and frailty.

More here: http://www.churchleadership.org/pages.asp?pageid=66920

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CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2014

vote 11As many of you have asked, it is here, the voter guide. Remember, this is NOT an endorsement from LAC, ITW, CMTA, just me as a private person, so do your own research (see link below) and vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason….

If you are in California you may notice a strange stench in the air, like dirty socks. Yes, it is that time of year to vote. The great American tradition, which any good citizen must do; go and vote. Even though the trend may be to find the least qualified people who have charisma and nothing of character or intelligence to offer. But, we can exercise our civic duty and vote the best possible candidates and issues. (Yes, I am cynical of government.)

The best due diligence and research from the best sources seems to indicate these fine folks and issues for public office…..

“Once again I’ve provided a list of conservative recommendations. One of the best sites is Craig Huey’s Election Forum, which specifically caters to Christian values voters.  You might want to check it out yourself, particularly if you need information for districts other than my own. His website is www.electionforum.org. Robyn Nordell is also a strong Christian who provides well-researched information for values voters. Robyn includes explanations for many of her selections, so you might want to scour her website as well. I might mention that she’s not totally in sync with Craig Huey on everything.” (From a good ‘insider’ friend)

GOVERNOR:  Neel Kashkari (social liberal / pro-abortionist. We’ve been advised to vote our conscience, but there is no other good candidate)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:  Ron Nehring

SECRETARY OF STATE:  Pete Peterson

CONTROLLER:  Ashley Swearengin

TREASURER:  Greg Conlon

ATTORNEY GENERAL:  Ronald Gold

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER:  Ted Gaines (two thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 – 3 scale)

MEMBER OF STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (3rd district):  G. Rick Marshall (two thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 – 3 scale)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE (27th District): Jack Orswell (three enthusiastic thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 -3 scale)

MEMBER OF STATE ASSEMBLY (41st District): Election Forum has found no reason to endorse Nathaniel Tsai. I’ll be leaving this option blank.

JUDICIAL / SUPREME COURT JUSTICE:  Goodwin Liu:  NO Mariano-Florentino Cuellar:  NO Kathryn Mickle Werdegar:  YES

JUDICIAL / COURT OF APPEAL JUSTICE: Frances Rothschild:  NO Jeffrey W. Johnson:  YES Brian M. Hoffstadt:  NO Lee Ann Edmon:  NO Audrey B. Collins:  NO Nora M. Manella:  YES Paul A. Turner:  YES Kenneth R. Yegan:  YES Dennis M. Perluss:  NO Laurence D. Rubin:  NO Madeleine I. Flier:  NO

JUDICIAL / JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Office 61:  Dayan Mathai Office 87:  Andrew M. Stein

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:  Marshall Tuck

COUNTY ASSESSOR: John Morris

COUNTY SHERIFF: Paul Tanaka

STATE MEASURES: 1:  NO 2:  YES 45:  NO 46:  NO 47:  YES  (Huey says “Yes.” Nordell says “No.” What do you say?) 48:  NO

COUNTY MEASURE P:  NO

Pasadena, Ca area Congressman. This guy I do personally know and recommend him: Jack Orswell http://www.jackorswell.com/

Also, do not vote for dumb people (Bible calls fools)! Seriously, if someone was a fool in office before and they are running again, it is a good chance they will be a fool- again, just read Proverbs…-

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Support us in Missions!

india 05 rawc 945Most of you know I am a pastor; but, I do not get paid much, I have to raise my own support. YEA!

I usually do not ask for support much; just pray, but times are tough.

I am also a missionary to S/C Asia, where I help train other pastors, also a support raising thing…. I also webmaster 4 of the top 10 Christian websites (size, traffic and content), yet they do not pay much… I am also a board member of 4 major ministries that you would know, but board members cannot be remunerated (IRS and CA law). And, if you remember, last year we were robbed of our good computers and other stuff, and just have a 10 year old laptop that was once stolen by monkeys (had to replace the keyboard) that works, kind of. I use it to train 20,000+ pastors and the work for 4 of these major ministries. It is old and slow, hates ‘https’ for some reason and of course videos and freezes up, makes work time a tough time….

So, here is my support letter…. I need $ to live and work and do ministry. Yes, that is just crazy! A pastor must pay for food, housing, living stuff, bills and ministry stuff.

You see, some Christians think we are ‘magically supported’ (someone actually told me that at church this week, that I do not need to be paid or make money, as God will provide ‘magically’). And then there are many people who think I do not need support because I write books. But, I make less than $5k a year on that, can’t feed the cat on that. But in reality, our support comes from those we minister to, and our home church and other places where I pastor. But I minister to people in the 3rd world areas who can’t support, and I serve in churches that are overextended…

So, I have a need. Perhaps, you can pray about it… I do real ministry for real people in real time and need more ministry partners to continue this incredible work that glorifies our Lord…. I need to raise $2,000 a month more than what is currently coming in….

 https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=richard@intothyword.com&item_name=Donation

intothyword.org

pastortraining.org

truespirituality.org

biblestudynotes.org

francisschaeffer.org

discipleshiptools.org

churchleadership.org

Thank-you for your consideration and prayers, be blessed!

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

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Extreme and essential leadership is action! PI

foot washing

What is real love in leadership? How is it shown by the fruits of it, like humility and service?

 

Read, John 13:1-17

Rather, what we may think is leadership; let’s look to servanthood in action. Look to our Lord, how did He lead? Did He give dog and pony shows or feel good messages to tickle people’s whims, or real effectual leading by example and heart?

Let’s look at the foot washing. Before the Passover festivities, Jesus knows His time on earth is almost over, so He takes an opportunity, during the eve of His betrayal and coming crucifixion, to teach a powerful lesson of servanthood and humility.

In so doing, He shows what real love is by the fruits of it-humility and service.

A lot was going on; two of His most trusted Disciples were going to betray Him, one overtly and one by fright and panic. It seems that the devil was having his day in the playroom with the full temptation and influence, but Jesus realizes what is going on. He knows what His mission is and that His power and authority are assured. He gets up from the table to do what only the lowest of slaves would do.

This was during the evening supper. What we would call dinner was also a time for visiting Rabbis to give instructions and teaching; Jesus follows this cultural setting. This may have been at the Passover right before His betrayal and execution-either the “Last Supper” or a meal prior to it (Matt. 26:26-28; John 12:2).

Jesus Got up. Jesus did not forsake or forget His role; rather, He willingly got up to serve, thus taking the place of a servant, a prequel to His role as Redeemer. Culturally, people were seated by their social rank: a Rabbi would usually have an honored position. For Jesus to get up from that position was an infringement to the social statutes of the times and an insult to any religious leader who may have observed it. 

Why did Jesus do that? He came to serve! This was a gesture of humility that was culturally honored, but rarely practiced, especially by people who would be considered elite. And who is more elite than God? People then sat or reclined on a pillow or a carpet at a low table with their feet outstretched away from the table and other’s view. Feet were considered socially disgusting, as they were often very dirty. Thus, Jesus would circle around the table behind people, which was very socially awkward, almost a taboo or something one of status would never do. This is why Peter objected so. He was not being disrespectful; he was trying to protect Jesus’ dignity. Jesus wanted to teach him a grander lesson.

Then Jesus did something even more humiliating, He took off His outer clothing.

An outer coat-like garment was removed, but not just to keep it clean; it was a gesture of extreme humility. This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 53 regarding the humble, suffering Messiah that Jesus demonstrated-not the warlike messiah that Judas and the people in general wanted.

So, everyone experienced shock and awe as they watched the Lord Creator of the universe remove His coat, put on an apron, and holding a dirty, disgusting bowl used to wash dirty feet before entering the home, He kneeled down to wash His Disciples feet. This caused a reaction of conceit for the prideful (like Judas) and wonderment to the devotees.

Peter was extremely perplexed over this and exclaimed, No Lord, do not wash my feet! But Jesus replied, you do not understand, but one day you will. Peter still protested and Jesus said if you do not allow me to serve, you cannot belong to me. So, Peter submitted and even asked Jesus to wash his entire body. Jesus explained to everyone that this was not about being cleaned or taking a bath; this was about something far greater and warned that there was one present who was not spiritually clean.

Jesus then said, you call me teacher and Lord, and wonder why I did this thing, but I call you to wash each other’s feet too. Allow me to be your example and do for others as I have done for you. A servant is not greater than his master, nor is the message more important that the one who sent it. You know this; so do as you have been taught and you will be blessed!

What was Jesus end game here? To show us all, the full extent of his love.

The “full extent” is what Jesus was about to show-His sacrifice for our sins! Jesus took on the righteous wrath of God for sin and paid the penalty, sacrificing Himself for us. Jesus not only set the example, but more importantly, also redeemed us. In addition, this refers to the “substitutionary atonement,” also known as “propitiation.” Christ was the innocent, sacrificial lamb who died for the guilty-for our sins, something which we could not do. The sacrifice of Christ was for us (Isa 53:4-12; Mark 10:45; Rom. 3:21-26; 1Cor. 1:23-25; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 9:15). 1 Pet. 2:18-25)!

Jesus clearly tells us what a leader is and how one should act and work. It is not about pride or power or control; it is about being a servant.

A pastor or a Christian leader must not be in leadership just to command or be in charge for any reason beside how do I teach and exhibit Christ and what is the best way for me to do this? Leadership must not be to satisfy one’s pride or desires, or for personal gain. Rather, we are to point others in His direction by our example.

How and why is leadership learned from first being a child of God and a servant of Christ?

What happens when our direction comes from the latest ideas, or what we think will work?

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