He is Risen Indeed!
|He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.|
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.May you find yourself, on this Good Friday, in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory...shouting your praise...as we await His victory.
Today, live the Eurcharist.
Count your blessings; wake up to the feast that He has spread before you. How can we not give thanks?
Take, eat, this is His body, given for you.
We, like the disciples, sleep. Daily we sleepwalk. Can you, on your knees, keep watch with Jesus...even for one hour?
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.
You are justice for every oppression
You’re forgiveness for every confession
You are beauty, goodness, blessing
You are love
You are healing for every sickness
You are power in every weakness
You are mighty, holy, faithful,
You are love
O God of the Heavens
You descended from your throne
Gave Your Son for our ransom
And by this all men will know that You are love.
We were thirsty, you gave us water
We were orphans, now you are our Father
We were desperate, hungry, seeking
You are love
Everlasting, Never ending
All consuming, You are love
My soul is downcast within me;I have promises from the Most High. Stories of His trustworthiness. His very creation sings of his goodness.
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?I'm troubled and probably being too hard on myself. I'm doing but not being. Who decides what is enough for me? The world tells me I'm not doing enough and I tell myself I need to BE more - but what does GOD say. Is He as frustrated with me as I am with myself?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
"The journey through the wilderness continues; notice the contours of the landscape God is leading you through. Do they match the contours of your life?
How have you been shaped by the forces of experience? Consider now how the love of God is part of that shaping experience."
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
He went and proclaimed God's salvation to earlier generations who ended up in the prison of judgment because they wouldn't listen. You know, even though God waited patiently all the days that Noah built his ship, only a few were saved then, eight to be exact—saved from the water by the water. The waters of baptism do that for you, not by washing away dirt from your skin but by presenting you through Jesus' resurrection before God with a clear conscience. Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angels to armies. He's standing right alongside God, and what he says goes.
Hupo - meaning under or beneath
Akouo - meaning to hear
Hupakouo - to hear under or beneath
Ephesians 5: 8-10
“You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”
John MacArthur gives us an important reminder when we consider "imitating" Christ's example in our life. Even as He did lived in full surrender and dependence on the Holy Spirit, so too must we as believers learn to daily, moment by moment yield to the the control of the Spirit, a process which we must carry out the remainder of our time on earth. In other words, there is no saint, no matter how sanctified, how Christ-like or how godly, who will ever achieve a level of spiritual growth in which they can say that they have "arrived." Lifelong humble dependence on the blessed Holy Spirit is to be our continual state and praise God that the Spirit is His continual provision! We all experience some periods when we are walking wonderfully in step with the Spirit, but we also experience days of disappointing defeat and failure to trust and obey. But don't let the "cloudy days" discourage you. Confess and turn from your sins and lean hard on His everlasting arms
One thing I ask from the LORD,For today Lord, and for tomorrow, be my solid rock.
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.