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Faith and Forgiveness

      Genesis 50: 15-20 “And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, “Joseph will perhaps hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.” 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, “Thy father did command before he died, saying,17 ‘So shall ye say unto Joseph, “Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren and their sin, for they did unto thee evil.”’ And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke unto …

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Faith God’s Divine Plan

Genesis 15: 13-14 “Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions” Before the beginning of time, God had a plan. Before He laid the foundation of the earth, He designed the plan of salvation because He loved us enough He wanted to have a lasting relationship with His human creation. This relationship …

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The Lamb of God

      John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Genesis through Malachi speaks of God’s plan of salvation fulfilled in the New Testament with the birth of Jesus Christ the Messiah.  In the Old Testament, God has woven a scarlet thread throughout the pages of His Book to prepare the way for His coming. The true scarlet thread throughout the Bible is the blood of Jesus as a sacrifice for the atonement of sin. God provided a preview in the …

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The Prophets

      Luke 24:25-27 “Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Many prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah.  Included in this number are Samuel, Daniel, Ezekiel, Haggai, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and Zechariah.  Each one accurately predicted His coming and described His life on earth as well …

The Psalms

  Luke 24:44-45 “Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” God’s complete plan for the salvation of man through the blood of Jesus Christ is written down and given to us piece by piece throughout Scripture until it was revealed in the New Testament through the birth of Jesus the Messiah. Psalms speaks of …

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Shed Blood

        Hebrews 9:26-29  “…He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” God had created man in His image.  His very presence was shared with His creation as He communed with Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden. But when Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey …

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God’s Divine Plan

2 Timothy 1: 8b-9 (NKJV) “the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 1 Peter 1: 20 (NKJV) “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” Before the foundation of the earth was laid in place and before the heavens were created, God had a plan.  He designed this salvation plan for sinful man even before He created …

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Grandma’s Story

        She was a feisty, tobacco-chewing woman and number five in a family of ten children. Born in 1900, she lived hard growing up in Arkansas. Her name was Frances Agnes Lafayette Karr and she was my “Grandma”. Grandma attended church as a child and learned about Jesus in the backwoods of Arkansas when traveling preachers rode the circuit from one community to another preaching the gospel. She had a strong faith and even prayed for the life of her cat that was almost dead. She and her sister placed the cat in an apple crate in …

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My Mother had Alzheimers

  My Mother had Alzheimer. She was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s disease in February 2004. My Dad passed away in October 2001. The disease seemed to rapidly progress after his death. I hate this disease. It robs you of memories and all those things that make up who you are. One of the hardest parts of this disease is having a Mother who doesn’t remember you. My Mother and I had a special mother-daughter relationship. We were close and so it hurts all the more. I was the oldest of four daughters and there was five years between the next …