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A couple of weeks ago, Bubba Watson won the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. When asked to what he attributed his winning, Bubba said it was based on his recent goal of improving as a person as well as a golfer.
After winning the Masters a few years ago, Bubba began to struggle on the golf course and in his life. He called his inner circle together and asked his closest friends and family members to help him figure out what he needed to change. Watson said, “I was so wrapped up in why am I not winning, that it created frustrations in my head and life.” Coming out of that meeting, Watson reordered his priorities as can be seen on his Twitter account. It read, “Christian, husband, daddy & Pro Golfer, in that order!”
From my perspective, that’s a pretty good pattern for us as well… Christian, husband or wife, daddy or mommy, and then whatever else we do…in that order! As you make your journey today, think about your Priorities.
And have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Pastor John Mark shared a powerful and personal story in a sermon on 2/2/14 about his brother taking his own life and the personal tragedy he went through. Pastor shares how important it is for Christians to love each other when times are good and when times are bad.

What is Easter Sunday? This Sunday many people will flock to church to celebrate Easter Sunday, and I hope you plan to do the same. However, we would be better served to refer to Easter Sunday as “Resurrection Sunday” and not simply Easter Sunday.

For some, Easter Sunday is synonymous with the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. In and of themselves, those fun things for kids to do are not necessarily wrong. However, we must always remain mindful that the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs have absolutely nothing to do with the importance of the day.

This Sunday is important for one reason and one reason only; the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Luke, The events of that “resurrection Sunday” were recounted:

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen” (Luke 24).

Now that’s something to Celebrate. I look forward to seeing you in Church this Sunday because it will be “RESURRECTION SUNDAY!”

Have a blessed Day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Today is Maundy Thursday. In yesterday’s blog we looked at the fact that Maundy meant “command” which focuses on the command of Jesus to those disciples that they would love one another. Tomorrow is Good Friday! For those who are familiar with the events of Good Friday, it almost seems like a contradiction in terms. When we look at what happened to Jesus: betrayal, trials, beatings, crown of thorns, and being nailed to the cross, there was not much that was good.

So, why is Good Friday referred to as Good? Simply put, Good Friday is referred to as Good Friday not because the events of the day were good but because the results of the bad that took place on that day were good.

In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
NOW THAT WAS GOOD!

In 1 Peter we are told, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
AND THAT WAS GOOD!

So, Good Friday is not called Good Friday because of the events of that day, but it is Good Friday because of the results of that day. Think about it and Have a “Good Friday” Tomorrow!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. What does that mean? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Passion Week, the day before Good Friday. Two major events took place on Maundy Thursday of that week: First, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper also called Communion. The second major event that took place on Thursday of Passion Week was Jesus washed the disciple’s feet. This was an example of humility.

We know that Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the Disciples and washed the Disciples feet on that Thursday, but that still doesn’t tell us what ‘Maundy Thursday’ means. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from a simple Latin word that means “to command.”

Maundy Thursday is about us remembering the Lord’s Supper. It is also about remembering that Christ washed the Disciples feet. Most of all remember the command Christ gave to his disciples. Jesus said,  “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 13:34-35).

Enjoy Your Maundy Thursday tomorrow, but remember the COMMAND of Christ to Love one another.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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