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A safer way to the empty tomb

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

I have led 10 groups to the Holy Land. Every journey ends the same way: a visit to the Garden Tomb where we celebrate the day that changed forever: the resurrection of Jesus.  This is always a meaningful way to close out our pilgrimage. But 2015 stands out, by far, as my most memorable...

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Tags: easter, holy land, garden tomb, covid-19

Sleep on This: April 10 - Good Friday

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

It is perhaps the most ironic of names. “Good” Friday. Because, in so many ways, it was so bad. So, so bad. Jesus in all his bloodied dignity standing courageously before Pilate. Crowds, stirred up by a few mouthy rabble-rousers--- (there are ALWAYS a few mouthy rabble-rousers in...

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Sleep on This: Maundy Thursday (April 9)

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Good evening, friend. We call this “Maundy Thursday,” taken from the Latin word mandatum which means “commandment.” On the last night they shared together, Jesus told his disciples he had a “new commandment” for them: that they love one another as he had...

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Sleep on This: Spy Wednesday (April 8)

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Good evening, friend! How is your soul? Are you resting well? Are you finding a personal rhythm in your disrupted life-schedule? There are obviously inconveniences and annoyances—and worse—to our present lockdown. But there are also good things to be found in this new life that has...

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Tags: judas, april 8, sleep on this, spy wednesday

Sleep on This: Virtual communion—is it permitted? (April 7)

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Good evening, friend! As you know, I write this blog each evening because I want to offer you encouragement and comfort as you prepare to take your night’s rest.  On this third night of Holy Week, I would like to offer a different kind of encouragement…and forgive me for taking...

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Tags: communion, lord's supper, maundy thursday, april 7, sleep on this

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