Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

During this time of year, Christians focus on the birth of Jesus. He was the Son of God born to become the sacrifice for the sins of the world. Because He died on the cross and was resurrected conquering sin and death, Jesus is our only hope, peace, joy and unconditional love that we can experience both in this life and the next.  It is only through Him that these life conditions are met. He is our Hope of eternal life because of His sacrifice. Titus 1:2  “…in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time …

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Palm Sunday

          John 12: 12-19 – … the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” Zechariah 9: 9 – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, …

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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 crucifixion on a Roman cross. Everything seemed lost to the followers of Jesus.  The despair was overwhelming.  The disciples were scattered and afraid the Romans would be coming for …

A Work of Beauty

  It is amazing how a skilled sculptor can take a lump of lifeless ugly clay and form it into something of stunning beauty. Having tried this myself, taking clay into my hands, kneading it like bread dough, throwing it onto a wheel and forming it into a beautiful work of art or even an object of usefulness, this particular skill most certainly eludes me.  I have no talent when it comes to this form of art. My sister, on the other hand, shapes the clay with her hands, imagines what it will become and gently shapes and molds the …

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Faith: God-Given Visions

  Read Genesis 37:5-11 God gave Joseph two prophetic dreams. They would comfort him in the years to come as he would wonder how these dreams would be fulfilled and then again as God moved to fulfill the promises of Joseph’s visions in his life. God used two dreams while he was living at home in Canaan to prepare his family and to speak to Joseph of the things to come.  Joseph saw the sheaves and the sun, moon and stars bow down to him.  As you can imagine, these dreams caused quite a stir when he told his brothers …

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The Passover Lamb

      The Lord’s Passover   Through Moses, God gave instructions to His people to remember the Passover event.  Every year, God’s people would celebrate the Passover in the same manner:  selecting the lamb on the 10thday of Nisan; keeping it in their home for 4 days until the 14thday of Nisan; making sure there was no spot or blemish on the lamb; killing the lamb outside the door of their home and spreading the blood on the doorpost. This practice of lamb sacrifice later moved from the individual’s home to the temple in Jerusalem. Exodus 12: 1-3 “Now the …

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Sacrifice of Praise

        Hebrews 13: 15 “through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” The phrase “sacrifice of praise” has been ringing in my ears and lingering in my thoughts for weeks.  Over and over again I hear these words “sacrifice of praise” as I struggle to understand what the Lord is teaching me.  And in true fashion, today He revealed it to me and even gave me a song to sing!  No, don’t worry I will not record my voice and make you listen.  I …

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Grace and the Good Girl

I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at the age of 12. I knew I loved Jesus but I did not have a full understanding of salvation. I tried very hard to live like a Christian but failed many times and still do. I tried to “be good” and by some accounts I was considered “a good girl”. I did not consider myself to be good enough so I tried to be perfect! I am not sure how I came to put this upon myself but for some reason I believed that I had to be …

The Resurrected King

    The Lamb of God was dead.  He had been sacrificed as prophesied by Old Testament prophets. Everything seemed lost to the followers of Jesus.  The disciples were scattered for fear the Romans would be coming after them.  They were hidden from sight.  The Messiah, the one they had followed and loved for three years was dead. Their understanding of what had just happened was null.  Depression, fear, overwhelming despair, angry at themselves for not standing by Jesus were thoughts and feelings they now experienced.  What would they do now? Where would they go? Would they be executed as …

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God’s Plan for Redemption

    God wrote His story before creation came into being even before He created the heavens and the earth. Because God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent He sees all, knows all, is everywhere at the same time and so powerful He can speak a word and it will be so. Because of who He is, God had a detailed plan to bring about the redemption of fallen man even before Adam and Eve were created and sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was God who planned to bring salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son.  He …

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Christmas Prophecies

We don’t know the exact date of Jesus birth, but we do know where and how Jesus was born.  We also know that Jesus’ birth was planned long before the earth was created when He was still in heaven with the Father.  Prophecies throughout the Old Testament were foretold long before His birth. Here are just a few: His pre-existence and place of His earthly birth:  Micah 5: 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from …

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The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28: 6 “He is not here; he has risen, just as He said.  Come and see the place where He lay.”   Imagine with me if you will. In the tomb so quiet and still, The body of my Savior lay Dead and cold and sullen gray Man had crucified God’s precious Son. Beaten-scourged this very one, Who came to save the soul of man. Now sacrificed by God’s own plan. The wrath of God that day was stilled. Jesus sinless blood was spilled. The penalty for my sin was paid. Now in the tomb His body laid. But …