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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday or the Quiet Mournful Day

  Imagine that day. As the disciples and the others sat shut up in there homes saddened by the lose of Jesus and unsure of what the future might hold. Would the authorities come and collect them? Would they be able to go back to the life they had before He selected them to follow Him? I imagine that they still felt the pain of watching Him suffer. that there minds were still filled with the images of yesterdays crucifixion. I imagine they felt powerless as they watch Him die and were overwhelmed with grief even as they took Him down from the cross and laid him in the tomb.

   But what next? What shall they do now? Now that He is gone where shall they go? So many questions and so few answers.

   They were in  dark place emotionally. Hopelessness and despair surrounded them. They undoubtedly went threw the motions of the days routine in a sad and withdrawn way.

   Have you ever been in that place? Has the sin and pain of this world and your own poor choices brought you to a place of hopelessness and despair?

  This world can do that. The weight of sin in this world can do that. The devil and his demons can try to destroy us. Sometimes our own self-destructive behavior drives us into a corner. Into a dark place. Into our own tomb – so to speak.

   Just like those who mourned the lose of the Savior way back then we may have found ourselves in a similar situation. But we know that the story did not end on Saturday. We know that the sorrow of Saturday was turned to joy on that Sunday morning.

   I want to encourage anyone out there who is in a dark place of despair and hopelessness to look for the joy of the new day that awaits you if you turn to the Son Who died and lives again. The Resurrection Sunday story is a story of hope when all seems lost. A renewal of life where death seemed victorious.

Jesus is alive.

HE IS ALIVE.

HE IS ALIVE AND DEATH HAS BEEN DEFEATED.

With the defeat of death comes

Victory over the darkness and despair that comes with it

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   Embrace the Cross of Calvary because it is here that Our Lord Jesus won the Victory for you and for me. Let the light of the new day shine on you and wash you clean as you walk with the Resurrected Savior into a new life. He die so you might live. He’s alive to love you and lead you into a new life. Won’t you let Him?

   Saturday seemed too dark to endure but the Light and Love of the Son will shine – tomorrow. Trust in Him Who promised –

I will never leave you or forsake you

Start at the very beginning….

A Very Good Place to Start

As a contractor with 30 years of experience I have learned a lot about my trade and others around me. Its safe to say that I have seen my share of mistakes made during those early years. But I give my thanks to a good teacher. One, who may not have always been patient but always thorough in his explanations of how to do something and why.

In my years I have had the opportunity to train helpers to work beside me and always observed one thing. Teaching is the best way to keep things fresh in my own mind. Somewhere in the relating of the process there is a reliving that revives me. I am taken back to where I was when I learned it and can relate the truth of the process to another with passion.

It is this reason that I want my first post of the year to be about “contending for the faith” that was first inside of us all at conversion. Jude tells us that he wanted to write about the shared salvation of the saints but was moved to respond to false teachers and ungodly people.

But lets review the Basics that we all do know –

Very simply put – Christ came to save sinners of which we are all (1 Timothy 1:15 and Romans 3:23). If we repent and trust in Jesus we will be saved (Romans 10:9-13)

I guess the only question now is – Have you been saved? If not. Why Not?

All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. He knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart and your honesty. Although there’s no special way to ask to be saved we suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

“Dear Lord Jesus,

I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.  I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.

In Jesus name, amen.”

If you prayed this prayer congratulations, you are a Child of God now and your sins have been forgiven, never to be remembered. We encourage you , if you do not already attend a church, to find one that believes in Bible study. One that teaches the whole Word of God and proclaims the Good News that Salvation is available to all. We encourage you to get a Bible and begin reading it. If you don’t know where to start we suggest you read the Gospel of John first but you can find many Bible study reading lists online also. Consider Bible Gateway or some of the other links from our home page.

Whatever you do read the Bible daily and pray to our Lord for guidance because He is not dead but alive and ready to talk with you. Congratulations as you start a new life in this new year! Be blessed. Al and Betty

 

The Painter and the Mouse

I backed my van into the driveway next to a similar looking work truck. It had a sign on it advertising a nationwide paint brand and the name of a local painter. At the open back doors of this dusty van stood a small group of construction workers huddled around one guy sitting with something in his lap. Of course I had to see what was up. I drew close and heard one guy ask “Is it dead?” “well, it’s not moving.” answer another guy hammer and tool belt in hand. “no, no no. He’s just cold.” stated the big-fisted guy sitting with a shallow box on the lap of his white painter pants. Inside the box was a thumb-sized lump of grey in the form of a mouse. “you can see that he is breathing so he ain’t dead!” continued the caretaker as he fashioned a bed out of a clean rag around the little guy. As the group dispersed to get on with the remodeling project you could here them talking amongst themselves about the plight of this little creature who was clearly hanging on to life. Being the last to arrive I was the last to leave the scene but not before the painter looked away from his charge to sadly confess, “I almost stepped on him as I unload my truck. He’s cold and hunger and I just had to do something for him.”

The whole event was a study in contrasts. This burly guy and his huge truck compared with this tiny mouse and a cigar box makeshift bed. This business owner with a big life full of responsibilities and concerns compared to this new born rodent with only one worry – survive.

Not knowing the painter I would not speculate on his motivation for showing such concern for the mouse. Yet, I came away wondering if this act was what Jesus had in mind when He said – Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to ever creature. Mark 16:15 KJV

With Resurrection Sunday behind us and Mothers Day and Graduations coming up quickly it’s easy to just get on with life as usual. Even the Disciples went back to fishing before Jesus “sent them” with His mountain top speech prior to His Ascension. and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b HCSB or, if I may paraphrase – you will show Me to those in your city, your State, the States around yours and even the entire world.

Really?! But how? By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 KJV

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As Spring rolls into Summer and Easter fades with the business of life – keep in mind – Jesus said – GO!

The Rest of the Story

Growing up I used to love listening to Paul Harvey. He would come on the radio several times during the day and give the news and tell a story. But he always told the story in pieces or what he called pages. Usually the story would be about someone or something famous but you never knew that until he reveled it at the end. He might tell the back story that not too many people knew about. A Search for Paul Harvey will result in many amusing broadcasts.

I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday and Resurrection Sunday and Spring break. Holy week is well remembered around the world and even those who only go to church for Easter and Christmas know how Jesus was put on trial, beaten, crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. Many may even know that He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

But I would like to talk about the “Rest of the Easter Story”

 After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3 HCSB

So, perhaps I was the only one who did not know this. It’s possible that I alone thought that the resurrection and the accession happened that same day. Until my eyes were opened and I looked into God’s Word I had many misguided and preconceived ideas.  But the truth is that Jesus walked this earth for forty days in a resurrected body – eating and teaching and even preparing meals (Jn 21:4-15). How marvelous that must have been for all of them. To be in the company of the One whom you thought you lost.

Forty Days from resurrection to ascension. Forty days from Passover to Pentecost. Forty days from what seemed an ending to a glorious beginning. Forty days from Peter’s denial to Peter’s Holy Spirit-filled speech and the resulting conversion of 3000 souls!! (see here)

Take away from this whatever you will – there are just so many encouraging things to be learned from this. I see the Love of God and the ability of God to turn anything around.

God can make a way where there seems to be no way –

Trust in Jesus!

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And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.    John 20:30-31 KJV

 

One of Paul Harvey’s best known broadcasts – If I were the Devil – the sound quality is poor but the message is still great – http://nation.foxnews.com/paul-harvey/2012/03/21/1965-if-i-were-devil-warning-nation-paul-harvey

Spring has sprung!

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Spring. Warmer longer nicer days. March Madness in affect and pitchers and catchers reporting for training in warmer southern states. Children’s thoughts turn to recesses and proms and the soon end of school days. It’s time for Spring cleaning, Spring plantings, Spring flowers and even the putting away of the Winter clothes. We come out of whatever type of Winter we may have had and look out onto the hopeful horizon of Summer threw the eyes of Spring. We are happy that it’s here and walk with a spring in our step (forgive the pun) and a song in our heart. As we should.

Spring is God’s way of reminding us of the resurrection. Spring reminds us that we planted tulip bulbs that were long forgotten by the months of Fall leaves and Winters snow. Buried beneath the cold hard ground they were there all along. Waiting, quietly, for the time to be just right so they could come up and stand tall in the warm light of the Sun. Likewise, this is our hope – if we trust in Him Who said, as He sat near a well, to a woman with a troubled past – ” I am the Resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25 NKJV

This world is not our home and when we die it will not be over. When we die “it” will have only just begun. “It” is Eternity and this life, however long, will be a millisecond compared with the eternity that awaits us all. Where we spend that eternity and what we are resurrected into (life or damnation) is entirely up to us. Jesus came from Heaven and walked this earth to teach us the truth about life and to save us from our sins. Trusting in Him and His sacrificial death on the cross means that when this body dies we will still live. We will live on instantly after death with Him in heaven in our spirit form and we will live in our resurrected bodies when the Lord raises us up. Unfortunately, this will not be the fate for all of humanity. While the invitation may be open to all, not everyone will RSVP.

Your invitation has been sent. It has your name written in gold leaf lettering. It has a raised official stamp next to the hosts’ signature at the bottom so accept no imitations. It has no expiration and is non-transferable but you should reply quickly.  This invitation is for the feast of the centuries. It’s taken thousands of years to plan. The costs are covered by your host who paid for it all with his blood, sweat and tears – gladly! Most importantly – He did it for YOU! He waits for your reply. Won’t you accept His invitation to be brought up out of the cold hard ground we call this earthly life and stand tall in the warm light of the Son for all eternity.