Palm Sunday -- Reflections on Leadership

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

Today we reflect on the example and leadership principles we learn from the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Matthew 21.1-11   

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 
‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, 
GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, 
EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.’”

6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, 

“Hosanna to the Son of David; 
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; 
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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This Palm Sunday message has 3 parts. You can listen to any and all!
1.  00:00 - 09:58 An update from the GEM Foundation Orphanage in Uganda
2. 09:58 - 27:27 Vince's Palm Sunday message
3. 27:27 - 56:12  Mark's PalmSunday message/pastoral charge to Benji and Jen Horning who are leaving FCC pastoral staff to plant Light Church Encinitas.
4. 00:56:12 Benji and Jen's response to the FCC community

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good by N. T. Wright. The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What’s so “good” about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?

The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit. Part One of the book alone is worth the read. In Part One, Wright considers not the customary seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross but, rather, seven words that various people spoke to Jesus on the cross -- people like Mary and the Roman centurion, who witnessed the crucifixion, and Pontius Pilate, who helped to instigate it.