The decorations for Easter/Resurrection Sunday were being taken down in our beautiful church when I decided to quickly take a picture. It was a memorable and touching service that started with a photo on the large screen showing the two pastors bearing this large (bare) wooden cross upon their shoulders on Good Friday. A small group walked with them along the street of the block where the church is located. What a difference in program from last year 2016. Besides the traditional brass ensemble and hand bell choir, we sang many of my favorite hymns- Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Because He Lives, Lord I Lift Your Name on High, (with hand motions by the congregation led by the song leader), and He Lives, the old-time hymn I used to sing in the Baptist church I attended as a teenager. Most importantly, the pastor preached a powerful message on the Risen Christ based on Mt. 28:1-10. Christ defeated sin and death at the cross for us.
CHRIST IS RISEN; HE IS RISEN INDEED!
HE IS OUR BLESSED HOPE AND COMING KING! HALLELUJAH!
Read about the inspiring story behind ‘He Lives’ by the preacher/composer! http://nickel-notes.blogspot.com/2012/03/hymn-history-he-lives.html
Former President Ronald Reagan’s words are praise worthy and give God honor, in contrast to another U.S. President’s speech recently.
WHAT MUST HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN! God had a plan when He created earth and put man on it. This plan is revealed only in the Holy Bible! From the books of Genesis to Revelation, God’s plan for dealing with mankind is only 7000-years long. From the first man, Adam, to today, is only about 6000 years. The book of Revelation reveals how this 6000 years will terminate soon, and the millennial kingdom of Jesus will be established on earth for another 1000 years. Then comes the endless eternity, where God already has another plan for man! Because of man’s inability to govern himself and live peaceably with his neighbor, God is wresting man’s rule on earth from him, and giving it to the Lord Jesus Christ! However, the final part of God’s 1st 6000-year plan will be a most difficult and troublesome period for all of mankind. Many would describe this final part as ‘the end of the world‘! Foreword by Drgold.
WHAT IF… The Mayans were right?!
If the world blew up and came to an end
Where would you be right now?
If a giant fiery comet hit the earth
And 10.0 earthquakes occurred all together
All around the Ring of Fire and fault lines
Broke up the continents into fragments
Creating deep crevasses in the earth
Swallowing everything up whole
Causing mega landslides and avalanches of mud
Giant 100-foot tsunamis bringing walls of water
Mighty crashing waves washing away
Everyone and everything in their paths
What would happen to you,
And your loved ones, friends and neighbors?
Or if the earth’s violent shaking
Stirred up extinct volcanoes
And other volcanoes that had been dormant
Or sleeping for ages
What if they all suddenly woke up
Spewed out towering clouds of smoke
And hot ash, rocks and giant boulders
Into the sky and down the mountain slopes?
There is no earthly preparation one can make?
Whatever is coming will come
And there’s no stopping or preventing it
No one knows what the future holds
We are not guaranteed of a tomorrow.
Yet there are matters of life and death
On our minds and in our hearts. . .
What is there to life,
Is this it- just one life to live, then to die?
Our mortality is pondered upon
We wonder about eternity.
The Bible says we are like a passing vapor,
A mere blade of grass in a meadow
Even like little grasshoppers on earth
From God’s view in heaven
So insignificant, but we are so SPECIAL to Him.
What If.. Jesus
God’s only begotten Son, did not come?
Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins
That we would not perish
But have everlasting life
So let what will happen, happen
However my world ends
I know where I’m headed
I’m just a pilgrim passing through,
For I’m heaven bound
Where Jesus awaits me, Mom and Dad, too
And many others who have gone before me-
♫What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face
The one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
Leads me to that promised land
What a day, glorious day, that will be!♫
Listen to: ‘What A Day That Will Be’