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The Cross of Jesus

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

Easter 2016:  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/what-i-missed-most…on-easter-sunday/

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Former President Ronald Reagan’s words are praise worthy and give God honor, in contrast to another U.S. President’s speech recently.

WHAT IF… The Mayans were right?!

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?

 

What If..

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

John 3:16

 

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’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMPn0gTPooc