Christian passover

b_200_150_16777215_00_images_stories_jesus_teaches_in_the_synagog.jpgEvery year during Holy Week we have celebrated a Christian Passover meal in our congregations. It started our in our small group with 10 people and has grown over the years to nearly 100.

The interest is great. I've given lectures on several occasions and have been asked by pastors to give them the material, so they can hold Christian Passover meals in their congregations.

For this purpose I have made this page. The materials here are all in Latvian.

 What is the Feast of Passover?

You can read about the Passover feast in Exodus,  Chapters (1-11), 12-13 and Luke 22: 1-46. “On the night He was betrayed” Jesus celebrated Passover's feast with his deciples and transformed it into Holy Communion. The Feast of Passover is the way Hebrews remember their Exodus from Egypt by following an old feast arrangement called the Seder, eating special dishes and singing certain prayers and songs.

The feast has a solemn and joyous character, as this spring festival means freedom from slavery for Jews. The center of the feast is the unfermented bread and wine reminiscent of the Passover lamb, which, shed its own blood, freeing the Hebrew people from Pharaoh and slavery. The unfermented bread and wine we partake in Holy Communion are the flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is recalled that He poured out His blood to free us from the devil and sin.

The feast has a liturgical character, where much is done, enjoyed, told and read in a certain order. We will also sing and dance. The feast is long and can last up to 4-5 hours.

The Holiday dinner is around the middle of the event, so be prepared to eat only symbolic snacks until then. It's a tradition to fast the whole day before Passover so that holiday dinner tastes the better. If you are fasting, know that the Lenten feast for the duration of Passover will be canceled.

The seats will be predetermined, so if there are any you want to be with, please make it known.

Passover materials:

Here is the material below if you want your copy. If you take part in the Passover event, all the material will already be provided.

  1. Christian haggadah (Latvian)
  2. Table setting
  3. Passover recipes

Passover songs

Pashas video

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Via de Cristo

Via de Cristo krustsWhat is Via de Cristo?

Via de Cristo is a Spanish word that means "Way of Christ." It is a three-day school that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. Via de Cristo is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, churches, and the environment in which they live and work. It is a united effort of laity and clergy to aid congregations in developing Christian leaders to more effectively serve Christ in the church.

Purpose of Via de Cristo

The heart and essence of the Via de Cristo is to bring Christians to a full awareness of what is meant by living the life of Grace, adding new strength and vitality to their Christianity. The purpose of the Via De Cristo is to develop in Christians a consciousness of their Power and Mission to become leaders in Christian renewal, and the desire to continue to live the life of Grace, personally and together with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

History of Via de Cristo

The movement originated as "Cursillo" in the late 1940’s in the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and moved to the United States in the late 1950’s. It began in the Lutheran church when lay people and clergy attended a Catholic Cursillo in 1971 in Iowa and in Florida. The first Lutheran sponsored weekends were held the following year in both Iowa and Florida and have been held all across the U.S. and in several foreign countries.

The name Via de Cristo was adopted by the Lutheran Community in 1986. Some other denominations offering weekends include Episcopalians, Brethren, Methodists, and Presbyterians with weekend names such as: The Great Banquet, Way of Christ, and Emmaus Walk. The Latvian community held its first weekend in August 2002. Brothers and sisters from Indiana and Kentucky communities from the USA assisted in establishing our movement.

To learn more about Latvia's Via de Cristo click here (site in Latvian).

De Colores!

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Yes, Lord!

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"But as many as received Him, 
to them He gave the right to become children of God, 
to those who believe in His name"
~John 1:12

jesus_cross01.gifPraise God!

If you are reading this because you feel a yearning to get to know Jesus as your Savior, you can be confident that God will receive you. That's the promise of God.

But you may be asking:

"What must I do to be saved?"

"How can I get to know Jesus?"

When Peter, a follower of Jesus, spoke to a crowd of people about Jesus and they felt a deep desire to know Jesus this is what happened:

... when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles:

“Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Then Peter said to them:

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ

for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

~Acts 2:37,38


So, in light of that, I suggest that you seek out a Bible-believing, Christian congregation*, and ask the pastor that you wish to learn more about Jesus and be baptized and become a Christian.

*Let me warn you immediately that Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormon's (though called the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints) or other such sects are NOT CHRISTIANS! They may be nice people, but they do not believe the Bible as such (Jehovah's Witnesses have their own perverted translation of the Bible, while Mormon's include a heretical Book of Mormon in their canon).  They do not teach salvation by Jesus alone (which is what Jesus Himself said: "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' " ~John 14:6), but rather a system of self-deeds or works which the Bible does not teach: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." ~ Ephesians 2:8.

 

The Next Step

  • If you don't already have one, get a Bible. The Bible is actually a collection  of books written by holy men inspired by the Spirit of God.  It's subject is God, it teaches of God, and it leads to God.  It will instruct you in Christian life. You may ask at a near-by church if they have any "New Believer's" Bibles. Any Christian Bookstore will have the "New Believer's Bible" or suitable Bible.  Tell the salesperson that you are a new Christian and he/she will be glad to help you select a Bible that will suit you.
  • Next, I suggest that you start reading the Gospel according to John, which is the fourth book of the New Testament. The Bible is divided up into two portions, or Testaments -- the Old Testament (pre-Christ), and the New Testament (from Christ onward). The Gospel of John will help you understand exactly who Jesus was and why He came. You may also choose to read the Psalms and Proverbs found in the middle of the Bible in the Old Testament because these two books respectively show how to praise God and give wisdom for daily life.
  • Pray everyday. Prayer is just talking with God. Tell Him what is on your mind, ask Him for His guidance, ask Him to help you in your day, ask Him to forgive you for things you do wrong, ask Him to help those around you come to know Him.
  • Above all, PRAISE HIM! God has done a marvelous thing for you! And if you feel like I do about saving you (that is saving you from going to hell to now, through Christ's merits, going to be with Him in heaven) I just thank and praise Him for His incredible grace and mercy. Prayer does not have to be ritualistic (though saying the same things everyday is not bad if you mean it). Just be sure it comes from the heart. In time, God will teach and lead you to pray.

 

The Model Prayer

A model prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9-13 and again in Luke 11:2-4.
It outlines 7 basic petitions:

Opening: Our Father in heaven

  • Relationship with the Father.
  •  Through what God did on your behalf, you are now a true child of God, and have the right to call God your "father" because He is your true Father. And as His true children, we pray this prayer.

First petition: Hallowed be Thy Name

  • Praise of the Father.
  •  Gods name is of itself Holy, but with this petition, we declare that His name is Holy in our lives as well. What child doesn't love a loving father? So it is right to praise Him.

Second petition: Thy Kingdom Come

  • Asking God's rule to be established both here on earth and in our hearts.
  •  God rules over all regardless of whether we pray this petition or not. But we pray this that His rule be established in us and in our midst -- in our homes, in our schools, in our communities, in our nation.

Third petition: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

  • Asking God's will to be established both here on earth and in our hearts.
  •  God's will is done with or without our prayer, but in this petition we ask that it would be done in us and in our lives.

Fourth petition: Give us this day, our daily bread

  • Request for sufficiency in daily needs, both material and spiritual.
  •  Daily bread can be understood as not only the material items such as food and drink, but also the ability, strength and health to work and receive income. 

Fifth petition: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

  • Request for forgiveness of sin we still are prone to commit.
  •  It is written that in baptism we die with Christ and are raised to new life just as He rose from the dead -- we die to sin, and are alive to Christ. We should with this petition "drown" our old, sinful self anew, and through the forgiveness we receive from God, arise to new life in Christ daily.

Sixth petition: Lead us not into temptation

  • Protection from bad situations/influences.
  •  God does not tempt anyone, but with this petition we pray that God uphold, strengthen and protect us from unbelief, sin, and other such things as the devil and this world pull at our desires, so that we can stand in His grace until the end.

Seventh petition: But deliver us from evil

  • We pray this that, as His Children, He would protect us as a loving Father.

Closing: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

  • God has such as we declare in this petition, and by saying it, we glorify our Father, and acknowledge his majesty.
  • By "Amen" we mean -- "So be it", or "Let it be so".  And so saying we can be sure that because of the work of Christ on our behalf, God has heard our prayer, the prayer of his children and is sure to answer it.

Now, may the God of all peace keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus! And remember that He who has started a good work in you is faithful to complete it!

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The Story of the Good Father

The Good FatherThen Jesus said:

A man had two sons. When the younger told his father, "I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die!" his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

   A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there wasted all his money on parties and prostitutes. About the time his money was gone a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the swine looked good to him. And no one gave him anything.

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The Big Question

As I said,

 God will judge all people by their actions... 

that is, whether or not they kept His Standard.

 


But...

because of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ,

who, like the stunt double, died in our place,

God offers us a way out of this final judgment.


At the final judgment,

when you are measured against God's Standard,

and you are found lacking,

if your trust is in Jesus, then He will stand at your defense

 and in your place and His perfect life will count on your behalf.


You will be saved from judgment. 

 This is called salvation

 because we are saved from damnation at the final judgment.

 

As you have seen, you are a sinner, and if you were to stand before this judgment now, you would turn up short, gravely short.


Yet, God has acted graciously on your behalf.

 

The question you should ask now is: "How will I respond? 

  • Do you believe in what Jesus did for you?
  • Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, come to save you?
  • Do you believe that He died for your sins, but that God raised Him to life again?
  • Do you want to stand without Jesus at the final judgment?
  • Do you accept Jesus as your Savior and King?

 

I ACCEPT >>>


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