Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013


The cross of Jesus was a victory.

His death destroyed the one who had the power of death.

His cross purchased our pardon, our redemption, our freedom.

But Death could not keep Him in the grave.

On the third day, the dawn of a new week, He rose from the dead.

Death is no longer the end for One Man. It is now powerless before Him.

Jesus is risen and declared the Son of God in power, Lord of glory, King eternal, the Holy One.

The resurrection of Jesus breathes life back into love, faith and hope.

Love always triumphs over doubt, faith over disbelief, hope over despair.

Good wins, in the end, always, even in our world.


May your Easter be filled with the power of our risen Lord!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Once upon a time...

There was a powerful kingdom. It was rich in natural resources and beauty. Its people were peaceful and prosperous. Then evil came. Death ruled unchallenged in the land. Despair, disbelief and doubt enslaved the people of the once magnificent realm. The power of Death was final. None in all of the vast kingdom could stand up to it.

A familiar fairy tale...In the world of fairy tales, good always wins.

However, in our world, the power of Death is invincible.

Jesus of Nazareth walked on earth 2,000 years ago, speaking of the Kingdom of God, of the love of God the Father and of life and freedom. He was the friend of sinners, outcasts, marginalized, poor and weak. He said that was the heart of God. Jesus was good.

Then He was crucified. Politicians, religious leaders and the masses banded together and demanded His execution. The Devil was on their side. "Crucify Him!"

So He was arrested, scourged, crucified, dead and buried.


It's Good Friday, commemorating the death of Jesus, who His followers thought was the Messiah, the Christ, the Promised One, the Savior.




Friday, March 15, 2013

Death

When Jesus left earth,
He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us,
thereby multiplying exponentially His presence and power among us.
 
We are made in His image.
He in us and we in Him.
If death had no power over Him, it has no power over us.
Even in the death of his saints,
death is defeated-
because just as the death of Jesus resulted in power being released,
so is power released when His beloved leave their place here.
 
Their absence calls to mind their virtues.
Their memory beckons to our desire,
and their love calls us to action.
 
A seed dies, and a mighty tree grows.
Oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Krissy on Mercy: Unraveled.

A good friend of ours has posted a powerful insight from her mission field.

Krissy on Mercy: Unraveled.: “ I’m feeling unraveled .”  I’ve heard this statement several times in the last few days… from others, and from my own mouth. The image t...