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April 23, 2014, 1:37 PM

EASTER 4, APR. 23: A DAY OF MIRACLES

Beloved Easter People--

This is a day of miracles. Believe this. There are good and wonderful things that are happening that you can not fully explain or understand. God works wonders every day beyond our awareness or comprehension. Today (and hopefully every day), we will praise God for the miracles performed that we have not seen! Praise God for the blessings that you have not touched and for the miracles enacted that have not received your consent. God is good. Look for the goodness of God to overtake you as you help/seek to help others. Listen to God and patiently await God's instructions in every matter. God is love. Thanks be to God.

Let us pray,

As the deer pants for the water, so our souls thirst and wait for You, Lord. Thank You for filling us with Your Holy Spirit and for forgiving our sins. Thank you for working wonders in our midst and for healing our diseases. Thank you for restoring souls and minds today. We are new creations in You. Because you live, we shall live also. Thank You. You are God. We are not. Thanks be to God. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.




April 22, 2014, 8:33 AM

EASTER 3, APR. 22: TELL THE STORY!

Beloved--

You were born for such a time as this--are you ready to journey from the tomb to tell the story of Jesus' resurrection? Why is your witness so important nearly two thousand plus years later? Why are you of part of a revolutionary generation of believers who mustn't keep silent? The world is in need of the Savior.  The world needs to know that love/hope was abandoned, beatened, bullied, mocked, tormented, nailed to a cross,  died, and was buried in a tomb. And it needs to know that on the third day, love looked evil in the eye and rose again! This love, this Jesus, this God, rose for you and for me. Have you ever felt abandoned, bullied, mocked, defeated, forsaken and or dead inside? Well, there is good news --those feelings/realities are not the final realities of your life! God is able to restore our souls and reshape the broken fragments of our lives into a beautiful masterpiece. God is able to create a new reality! Show someone the love of God today. Show them what real love looks like in 2014. Show them what triumph and victory looks like when the underdog wins and watch the resurrection happen all over again.

Let us pray,

God, reveal Yourself in supernatural ways today. We lift before You ever person in every region of the world. We especially pray for those in the Ukraine, Middle East, and other regions of unrest. Continue to reveal Your resurrection power to all who believe in You. You are the Most High God and we thank You for the new life you offer. We are victorious through Christ Jesus and  we pray in his glorious Name. Amen.




April 21, 2014, 9:59 AM

EASTER 1-2, APR. 20-21: HE IS RISEN!

Greetings, Beloved--

Happy Easter. This is a day of new beginnings. God is alive and because God lives, you can live also. This day is precious. Your time is precious. Your life is precious and you were sent here to make the world (lives) better. Today, find time to celebrate your new life in Christ and the life that Jesus brings to all. Celebrate your new attitude, your new mercy, your new mind and your new heart. Speak life to your new spirit. Take off your mourning clothes. Rejoice with the Mary's and exclaim, " I have seen The Lord" then help someone to see him too! Love you dearly and know that evil shall never prevail.

Let us pray,

God, reveal Yourself to us this day and bless Your people  as we endeavor to share Your Word. We love you, Amen.




April 19, 2014, 9:11 AM

LENT 40, APR. 19: HOLY SATURDAY

Greetings, Beloved--

Today is the day after Good Friday. It is the last day in Lent. In history, early Christians would be in hiding and mourning the death of Christ. Persons were frightened that their association with and or love for Jesus would mean a soon coming torturous death. Homes are barricaded and the disciples are afraid. Speech and regional accents expose those who perhaps could have been or were friends of Jesus. "Who is next?, some thought. What if he really wasn't the Son of God. Fear and doubt paralyzed and tortured them. The Mary's are weeping. The disciples are hiding? The enemies of Jesus are rejoicing and Jesus is waiting for the third day.

The third day is coming. May God keep us while we anticipate the resurrection of the Christ anew in our hearts and minds. Thanks be to God. Amen.




April 18, 2014, 9:47 AM

LENT 39, APR. 18: GOOD FRIDAY


Greetings, Beloved--

May this blog post find you well. Today is Good Friday. It commemorates the day when Jesus (God) died. Time revolves around this date. We are because God is. God in Christ is dead. The hope of the world is hanging on the cross between two sinners. One sinner identifies him as the Son of a God and is offered a place with God in paradise. The other person denies him to his death. The crowd, perhaps the same ones who cried out Hosanna earlier in the week, exclaimed "crucify him."  They chose to release Jesus Barabbus (which literally means "son of the Father) instead of Jesus, the Christ (The Son of God). Those closest to these crosses, the three Mary's--Mary The Mother of Jesus, Mary (The maternal aunt of Jesus) and Mary Magdalene--are there along with the beloved disciple (perhaps John). Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus,  Pharisees converted by Jesus, are coming to properly bury Jesus' body. The darkest day has come. The prophecy has been fulfilled. The lamb is slain for the sins of the world. However while on this cross, Jesus still has the time to say:

  • To God, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing."  (Luke 23:34)
  • To a converted thief hanging next to him , "I assure you, Today,  thou shalt be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
  • To his mother and to his beloved disciple, "woman, behold thy son. Son, behold thy mother." (John 19:26)
  • To God, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me," (Mark 15:34) Jesus quotes Psalm 22.
  • To all, "I thirst." (John 19:28) an perhaps a symbol of his divinity and humanity. Thirst is universal. He addresses the appetite that first led humanity to sin in the garden of Eden.
  • To God, "It is finished." to indicate the fulfillment of God's earthly assignment and the submission of the final  payment for the freedom of all people.  (John 19:30)
  • To God, "Father, into thy hands do I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46)

What kind of love is this? Love that is able to worship God even in the midst of suffering, witness about the saving grace of God (the relational concern he has for the grieving, human thirst, the power of God) even when he could have saved his breath for himself, and the willful release his life for the lives of others. 

Praise God. Praise God. Praise God....Amen!


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