Sunday, April 20, 2014

Joyous Easter

  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me... I go to prepare a place for you... I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Low in the grave He lay...Jesus my Savior!  Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose!  He arose!
Hallelujah!  Christ arose!
Praise Him!  Praise Him!  
 Jesus our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died; 
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail  Him!  Hail Him!  Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises!  Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong:
Praise Him!  Praise Him!  
Tell of His excellent greatness:
Praise Him!  Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. 
Ephesians 3:20-21  NIV
May His will and desire be accomplished in each of our lives, today and everyday!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Snippets

From Kay Arthur...
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” – John 13:34
Many call the Thursday before Easter “Maundy Thursday”. The name comes from the Latin “mandatum” the first word in the Latin translation of John 13:34. “A new commandment (mandatum novum) I give to you …” This commandment was given by Jesus on the Thursday before His crucifixion. So Maundy Thursday is the “Thursday of the Commandment.”
Just a Legend.... 
In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong and firm, its branches interwoven.
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.

Slender and twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember Me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be
A reminder to all of My agony."
A Quote....
"The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in."
  Peter Marshall

Another Legend....
A poor farmer near Jerusalem owned a donkey far too small to do much work at all. He felt that he couldn’t afford to feed a worthless animal like this, one that could do him no good whatsoever, so at the supper table he told his family that he was going to kill the donkey.

His children, who loved the little donkey, begged him to sell it rather than harm it. But the farmer said, “It’s wrong to sell an animal that can’t do a good day’s work.”
Then his oldest daughter suggested, “Father, tie the donkey to a tree on the road to town, and say whoever wants it may take it for nothing.” And the next morning, that’s what the farmer did.
Soon, two men approached and asked if they could have the donkey. “It can carry almost nothing,” the farmer warned them.
“Jesus of Nazareth has need of it,” replied one of the men. The farmer couldn’t imagine what a great teacher would want with such a worthless donkey, but he handed it over.