Woohoo!  I’m doing the blog post on time this time!  Take that, procrastination!

We had a super-awesome meeting last night at the Campbell’s house.  Marty and Janee served us a great dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, and green beans, and we had a good time catching up with each other.

We had a visitor from Conway last night (Hi, Amy!), and we prayed for her ministry, her family, and her well-being before she had to leave (it takes about an hour and a half to get to Conway from Arkadoo).   At that point we talked a lot about several “divine appointments” that we’ve had in the past week, something we had asked God to provide at our last Thursday meeting.  Brandon and Adam both talked about faith and how God has been cultivating it in their lives.  Becky brought some of Jeremiah 9 to the group and we focused on a couple of verses:

23This is what the LORD says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the LORD.

We talked about how boasting in the Lord rather than in things is a theme running throughout the Old and New Testaments.  It reminded me of how King David got in big trouble for ordering a census.

1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”  3 But Joab replied, “May the LORD multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”

It doesn’t make sense at first why David was sinning in simply counting the people.  We do that every ten years here in the USA!  The problem that I see is that David was relying on his numbers to bring him victory rather than relying on the Lord.

After this, David (Owens, not King) led us in a remembrance and celebration of Maundy Thursday.   We read Scriptures relating to Passover and the Lord’s Supper and washed one another’s feet.  (We talked about the fact that the jars that Jesus used to turn water into wine at the wedding were the kind used for this purpose.  Jesus took the poopie jars and turned them into something set apart.)  We sang hymns to the Lord while washing the feet of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

1It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them…

33“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 1-17, 33-35)