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Burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus

    John  19:31-42 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ …

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The Risen Lord

      Luke 24:13-16   “Now that same day two were traveling to village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem and they were talking about every thing that had happened; and as they talked and discussed these things with each other. Jesus himself appeared and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.” Also,  Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was absent and when told they had seen Jesus, he did not believe them and said unless he sees the nail marks in his hands and put my hands into his side he would not …

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Jesus on Trial

      John 18: 12 b-14  “… after Jewish officials arrested Jesus, they bound Him and brought Him first to Annas,. father in law of Ciaphas, the high priest that year, who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.” Can you conceive of the ill-treatment shown the Savior of the world? Instead of treating Him with love and respect, He was treated like a criminal. But before we are too critical of those people: have you and I shown Jesus the respect He deserves in our lives? Have we given …

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Jesus Crucified

        John 19: 16-18 “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus and carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull which is called Golgotha. Here they crucified Him and two others: one on each side of Him, and Jesus in the middle.” Have you accepted your salvation without realizing what a sacrifice it cost your Father in heaven? He loves you and me very much to give His only son to redeem your and my sinful lives from eternal separation and to avoid spending eternity in a place of fire and brimstone. …

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Hallelujah Jesus is Alive

“On 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 …

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Jesus Betrayed

  John 18:1-3 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.   When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley;on the other side was an olive …

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The Death of the Lamb

            John the Baptist had said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”   It had been God’s divine plan from before the creation of the heavens and the earth for Jesus to become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of man. And now the Lamb of God was dead.  He had been sacrificed on the cross. Jesus had died from cruxifixction on a Roman cross. Everything seem lost to the followers of Jesus.  The despair was overwhelming.  The disciples were scattered and afraid the Romans would be coming for them. …

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What’s That Rolling Thunder?

Just before full daylight a couple of weeks ago, the thunder we had experienced most of the night changed. It rolled and rolled and rolled. I stopped what I was doing so I could listen more intently. For a moment I thought it might be a tornado, it was that long and loud of a rumble. Later I got a text from a daughter who wondered the same thing. Last night I read that a prayer warrior I know had passed away yesterday and I couldn’t help but wonder if the heavenlies roared as she went home to be with …

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We Could All Use A Little Inspiration

We caught the end of a new series on tv, Superman and Lois. Another Superman show. But the twist in this one is they return to the farm he was raised on with their own two sons, who find out just who their dad really is for the first time. There are some interesting twists followed by a prologue with one of the producers. Part of what he said caught my ear. “We all need a little hope, we all need a little inspiration…” Oh beloved, we do don’t we? In this season there’s not a lot that inspires us. …

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Don’t Lose Your Nerve

When we stepped out the door to go to church recently I was surprised that the weather was so warm, especially since I had layered up for the day. It was okay, because inside he church building it was a little chilly. But the muggy warm day was a foretelling of crazy weather. As the tornado warning sounded on both my phone and my hubby’s that afternoon, I was ready to run to the basement of our house. My hubby however was not ready to go. I texted our adult children, of course doesn’t a mother do that no matter …

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Real Freedom

We picked what we thought was going to be a short and simple kid’s movie last night when the grands were visiting. Turns out it was quite the movie and we couldn’t quit watching it. They had to leave before it was finished, so we paused the movie and said our good byes. Then we had to finish it. Based on a true story about a gorilla that was saved from poachers as a baby, the gorilla came to America and lived with a family as a pet until he was too big to handle in the home. He then …

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God Can’t Be Canceled

There’s been much talk in the last months about cancel culture. So being the curious person I am, I decided to look up the definition of it. Here is what I found. “Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts. He wants us to know this morning that He knows there is a move in the earth today to cancel all references to Him, to cancel the worth and necessity of Biblical virtues and …