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Together with immersion, the Lord’s supper is recognized as one of the essential practices of the church of God. So important is it that it’s improper observance brings judgment upon those who eat and drink.
Human logic often turns reason on its head. This tendency is especially seen in politics. Last Thursday, U.S. Vice-president Joe Biden said, “[W]e have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt? The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”
So many celebrities have died recently, it reminds one of the death, in 1715, of King Louis XIV of France, after a reign of 72 years.
With the death of Michael Jackson, the media buzzes with details of his popular career and his bizarre life: star of the family group, the Jackson Five, the changes in his music, his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, his financial woes, his three children, all of whom bear both his names, his cosmetic surgeries, the charges of child molestation. Death calls us to remember a life, no matter how wonderful or sordid.
Glenda Williams tells that in their jail ministry in Geneva, Alabama, when one prisoner was baptized, he felt so thankful for the forgiveness of his sins that he stood in the baptistry and wept for a long time.
Like a broom, the Lord’s Supper sweeps away all the detritus, accumulated junk and lesser concerns of our lives. At the table, we see clearly the One Thing in this world that really matters.
For some, pain and suffering blunt the thinking process and dulls the senses. Some people feel stunned by the pain, their eyes clouded by affliction. Not Jesus.