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The Easter Story ~ 3

Book 8: Come Fly With Me

Chap. 1 ~Ten Apostles:  Whispering Hope

Chap. 2 ~ Thomas:  Flag Ship Forever

Chap. 3 ~Seven Apostles:  Grasping Glory

Chap. 4 ~ Eleven Apostles I:  Magnificent Soaring

Chap. 5 ~ The Five Hundred:  Power Surge

Chap. 6 ~ Brother James:  Thunder Struck

Chap. 7 ~ Eleven Apostles II:  Son Rise

Chap. 8 ~Ruling Sadducees:  Prayers & Palaces

Chap. 9 ~ Lebbeus Thaddeus:  Quest to the Great Beyond

Chap. 10 ~ Sinners & Saints:  Come Unto Me

His apostles refused to believe, while Thomas declared him God. 
Jesus dared and prepared his apostles to conquer the world. 
He interrupted his own memorial service
And renewed five hundred of his closest friendships. 
He helped his brother, James, over the last faith hurdle, 
Turned the movement over to his apostles, 
Then returned at last to the outstretched arms of his heavenly Father. 
Religious leaders fought in vain to put out the new church’s torch, 
And Jesus invited the last apostle to visit him in heaven.

 

 

Saturday 3/31 ~ After all, we’re his family

The scripture for today, March 31 (3/31), is Mark 3:31ff as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’ ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’ “

Do we need a mediator between Jesus and ourselves? Jesus said his followers are his brothers, sisters, and mother. We do not need anyone to intercede and beg Jesus to give us special attention. He already gives us special attention. After all, we are his family.

The Easter Story ~ 2

Book 7: Shadow of Death

Chap. 1 ~ Pilate:  Soaring to Nothingness

Chap. 2 ~ Simon the Libyan:  The Gauntlet

Chap. 3 ~Crucifixion I:  The Substitute

Chap. 4 ~ Crucifixion II:  Victorious Dying

Chap. 5 ~ Two Thieves:  Stranger in Paradise

Chap. 6 ~ Joseph of Arimathea:  Sleeping Giant

Chap. 7 ~ Graveyard Sentries:  Dawn Eyes

Chap. 8 ~Five Wealth Women II:  Breath of God

Chap. 9 ~ Peter:  Torch Flight

Chap. 10 ~ Big Little James & Alphaeus:  Desert of Sighs

Pilate was cornered by the people, Simon was cornered by the executioners.  
Jesus writhed in pain on the cross that should have been ours 
And invaded hell to provide escape for us. 
The thieves struggled with their mortality, 
Joseph struggled with religiosity,
the guards struggled with impossibility. 
 Jesus saw the women, pursued Peter, 
And enlightened the depressed.

Friday 3/30 ~ Do you have some repenting to do?

The scripture for today, March 30 (3/30), is John 3:30 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

This is John the Baptist speaking. He had a great following. People “were constantly coming to be baptized” by John (3:23). He had it made! But at the height of his popularity, he said, “I will be stepping down soon.”

Can you do this? Are you at the height of your popularity, perhaps at a club, an organization, church? Could you step down if someone more qualified than you came along? Or will you say, “I started this _______, and I was here first, so this is my project!” ?

Look inside. Deep inside. What are your motives for doing good? Selfish ambition or love for others? 1st Corinthians 13:1 says that, even if I offer my body to be burned and do not have love, it benefits me nothing.

Jesus warned, “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Think. Think long and hard. Do you have some repenting to do? Father in heaven, help me look at myself the way You do.

The Easter story~1

Book 6: Promise Keeper

Chap. 1 ~ Zacheus:  Outcast Meets Outcast

Chap. 2 ~ Mary of Bethany:  Spirit King

Chap. 3 ~Citizens of Kingdom Earth:  Day Extraordinaire

Chap. 4 ~ Grecians:  Shores of a Broader World

Chap. 5 ~ Sacrificial Lamb:  God Essence

Chap. 6 ~ Judas II:  Fallen Star

Chap. 7 ~ Angel & the Devil:  Citadel of Shadows

Chap. 8 ~Deserters:  Power in the Breaking

Chap. 9 ~ Annus & Caiaphas:  High and Unmighty

Chap. 10 ~ Herod Antipas:  Shadow Boxing

A traitor praised him, a woman crowned him, foreigners sought him. 
The world ran after him, Judas ran from him, his apostles deserted him. 
He held his own funeral service, then begged God to free him of his promise. 
The religious leaders were unmasked, 
And Herod wrestled with just who he was.

Thursday 3/29 ~ Ordinary you? Never!

The scripture for today, March 29, is Luke 3:29 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“…the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi….”

Who in the world were these five men: Joshua, Eliezer, Jorim, Matthat, and Levi? Some were named after famous Jews, but no one in this list was famous himself. In fact, nothing else is said in the Bible about any of these men. They’re just a single name in a single but long list.

Who were they that they earned even one brief mention in the Bible?

They were ancestors of Joseph, the human “father” of Jesus. What else? They were born and survived long enough to have sons. Not important at the time? No, but eventually it was.

We read obituaries and sometimes wonder about our own. Our whole life reduced to born, married, had a job, had children, died. That’s it. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just another one of billions in the world having come and gone.

Hold on! Maybe not!

Maybe your life, as ordinary as it seems now, will someday serve a greater purpose through a descendant or someone you become friends with. In a later generation ~ maybe ten or twenty generations from now ~ someone may do something extremely important for souls of the world. And it was made possible because of your “unordinary life” way back in the early twenty-first century when you survived one day at a time.

When you feel cursed, bless anyway

Wednesday 3/28 ~ The Holy Spirit is what?

The scripture for today, March 28 (3/28), is Mark 3:28f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

This is confusing to many because we aren’t sure what it means to speak against the Holy Spirit. Jesus clarifies it in John 14:17 where he said he was going to send to us another Comforter, the Spirit of Truth. And in John 17:17 he said God’s Word is Truth ~ the Bible.

If we refuse to believe what is in the Bible, then we are going to refuse to believe in a Savior and refuse to repent of sins. These things are unforgivable because we have no belief in Jesus or sin, and no remorse.

Have you ever tried reading the Bible through in a year? If it’s too much for you, the Old Testament half was written to the Jews and the New Testament half was written to the Christians; choose one. It will fill you with an amazing amount of knowledge and understanding, all from the Holy Spirit ~ the Spirit that communes with your spirit.

Tuesday 3/27 ~ What if God…

The scripture for today, March 27 (3/27), is Proverbs 3:27f as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’ ~ when you now have it with you.”

Christians generally are good people. They stay out of trouble at work and in the neighborhood. They obey the laws. They don’t use profanity, they don’t lie, they don’t cheat, they don’t steal, they don’t commit adultery, they don’t murder. These are bad things Christians don’t do ~ sins of commission.

But what about good things Christians do not do? Too busy to stop and look around you for someone needing help? Too busy to drive someone to the doctor, or watch a child when a parent is sick, or fix a meal when a family is bereaved, or send a card for someone’s birthday, or call someone who is lonely? Too shy to say something to someone in distress? Too afraid to bring up heaven and hell to a lost one? These are sins! Sins of omission and they are just as serious.

Today, look around you. Who needs you? Not needs your neighbor, or a relative, or someone else at work, or one of the other members of your congregation, but you? You! When do they need you? Not tomorrow or next month or next year, but today!

Get out of your comfort zone. Quit committing sins of omission. Make a point to do something for someone else. When? Today. Too busy?  What if God made as much time for you and you do for others?

Monday 3/26 ~ And then the Creator of the Universe wants to bring you home with him

The scripture for today, March 26 (3/26), is Galatians 3:26f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ because all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

The Muslim religion teaches that God is too far above humans to have such a relationship ~ you know, the parent-child kind, a family relationship. They are taught God created humans to have someone to worship him and be his slaves. Oh, how much they are missing.  And the rest of the world too.

Our Bible says God created humans to have someone to love. He wants to be more than a distant God; he wants to be our heavenly Father. So, when we come out of the waters of baptism, it is like coming out of a watery womb; Romans 6:4-5 says we are then born into a new spiritual life.

Everyone in the Christian world knows that baptism is in the Bible. Today’s scripture explains “…because you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” and therefore we have become sons with Christ ~ adopted sons. (See also Ephesians 1:5).

No need to be spiritually blind and poor and naked (Revelation 3:17).  You can gain spiritual insight, be rich in grace, and be clothed with Christ.

No need to be spiritually orphaned ~ you can become a child of God. He holds out holy arms to you. He wants to embrace you and hold you close as you finish this life on earth. And then, wonder of wonders, the Creator of the universe wants to bring you home with him.

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