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Contrary to popular belief, most UNC grads do indeed
know the value of a dollar. The other day a UNC grad
had her car break down. The tow truck driver charged her
$65.00 to take the car to the garage less than 10 miles away.

When she told her husband that evening, he said that the
driver had taken advantage of her.

She said, "I thought so. But I made him earn it. I kept
the brakes on all the way."

"Back to Where it Started"
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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My wife and I kept two special remembrances of our wedding: a tape of the ceremony and a piece of wedding cake. The tape was a much better idea. We froze the cake and then we ate some of it on our first anniversary. You've heard about chocolate cake? This was more like chalk cake. But the tape was a great idea. Often, even now on our on anniversary, we replay it. We relive that wonderful day that our marriage began. And we are there! Some couples go way beyond a tape - they actually dust off the old wedding dress, reconvene the wedding party, and do it all again for their 25th. You know, it's good for a couple to remember their wedding day. A trip back to the beginning can rekindle that spark.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Back to Where it Started."

It's important to remember and to revisit where it all began in any important relationship; especially in your most important relationship. That's why Jesus invited us to often revisit that place where we began with Him.

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from 1 Corinthians 11, beginning in verse 23-26. It says, "The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My body which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink, in remembrance of Me.' For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."

Obviously, this is the familiar passage about the Lord's Supper. And Jesus is saying, "Remember Me ... remember My cross." And, in a sense He's saying, "Come back often to the place where it all began." Now this passage clearly establishes the practice of Communion, but I believe there is also an underlying principle here that we need to regularly visit the Cross where we were bought and paid for.

That can certainly happen at the Lord's Supper. But a heart-visit to Jesus' Cross can happen in your bedroom or your study as you let yourself wander mentally to the foot of that old rugged cross. You can do that as you're driving along or walking alone. You may go there at a time when you're feeling great guilt, of great pain, of great doubt, of great praise. But you need to look at Jesus there, agonizing under the weight of your sin.

The hymn writer expressed it this way: "Beneath the cross of Jesus, my eyes at times can see the very dying form of One who suffered there for me. And from my smitten heart with tears, two wonders I confess - the glories of His wondrous love and my unworthiness." You kneel at the Cross and you remember how serious, how ugly, how deadly your sin is; the sin that maybe you've been trying to justify or rationalize. And you again let His forgiveness give your soul a shower. You realize again how very loved you are by God.

It's there on Skull Hill that you strip away all your Christian meetings and activities. You lay aside your creeds and your rules for a moment. And you remember that Christianity ultimately boils down to two people - Jesus dying for you and you at the foot of His cross. It puts everything back in perspective. Where your relationship began is where the spark of first love will be rekindled. Let your heart go to that sacred spot often. You'll come away different every time that you go back to where it all started.

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two years ago. I now have a total of four stents (bet
you can't name anyone else that has more than one:O).
I feel better now (breathing & energy level) than I have
since my heart attack two years back. I'm free for tennis
tomorrow afternoon or you can come over & shoot
some hoops with the kids & me after that if you like...
Thanks so much for your prayers - God is so very good,
Two years back when I had a heart attack, I was
99% blocked. This time was 95%. At either time I could
have been taken immediately just as my younger brother
was in 2002. We'll see what God has for me to do for Him
in the time left...

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The Journey of Dust
Jill Carattini

The sun bore down on my neck as I walked through the neatly laid stones,
each row like another line in a massive book. My eyes strained to take in
all of the information-name, age, rank, country-and perhaps also death
itself, the fragility of life, the harsh reality of war. In that field of
graves, a war memorial for men lost as prisoners of war, as slaves laboring
to construct the Burma-Siam railway, I felt as the psalmist: "laid low in
the dust." I felt like Job sitting among the dust and ashes of a great
tragedy. Then one stone stopped my wandering and said what I could not.
On an epitaph in the middle of the cemetery was written: "There shall be
in that great earth, a richer dust concealed."(1)

It is helpful, I think, to be reminded that we are dust. It is crucial to
take this reminder with us as we approach the vast and terrible events of
Holy Week. The season of Lent, the forty days in which we prepare to
encounter the events of Easter, begins with Ash Wednesday. On this day,
foreheads are marked with a bold and ashen cross of dust, recalling both
our history and our future, invoking repentance, inciting stares. Marked
with the Cross, we are Christ's own: pilgrims on a journey that proclaims
death and resurrection all at once. The journey through Lent into the
light and darkness of Holy Week is for those made in dust who will return
to dust, those willing to trace the breath that began all of life to the
place where Christ breathed his last. It is a journey that expends
everything within us.

There is a Latin word that was once used to denote the provisions
necessary for a person going on a journey--the clothes, food, and money
the traveler would need along the way. Viaticum was a word often
used by Roman magistrates. It was the payment or goods given to those who
were sent into the provinces to exercise an office or perform a service.
The viaticum was vital provision for an uncertain journey. Fittingly, the
early church employed this image to speak of the Eucharist when it was
administered to a dying person. The viaticum, the bread of Communion, was
seen as sustenance for Christians on their way from this world into
another. Sometime later, the word was used not only to describe a last
Communion, but as the Sacrament of Communion for all people. It is as if
to say: our communion with Christ is provision for the way home. The
viaticum is God's answer to Jacob's vow, "If God will be with me and will
watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and
clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD
will be my God" (Genesis 28:20-22). It is what Christ offered when he
said, "Take and eat. This is my body." The journey from dust to dust and
back to our Father's house would be too great without it.

As it is, we are flattened by the events of Holy Week. From the
invitation of the Last Supper to the desolation of the Cross, we are
undone by events that began before us and will continue after us. We are,
in the words of Isaiah or the sentiments of the psalmist, like grass that
withers, flowers that blow away like dust. But so we are, in this great
earth, a richer dust concealed. Walking in cemeteries we realize this;
following Christ we proclaim it. Standing before Holy Week as dust and
ashes bids us to see again our need for God's unchanging provision. He
offers the Cross, the communion of Christ, the forgiveness of sins, and
the life everlasting.

(1) This is a line from a poem of Rupert Brookes entitled "1914."

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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