He is Risen

He is Risen

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Lilies, parades, bonnets and bunnies, colorful eggs with baskets of yummies! These all come to mind when the world thinks about celebrating Easter.  It is a joyful holiday that children love and families can enjoy sharing together.  Who can resist a cute little bunny that delivers chocolate eggs and other yummy treats?  However, there is a deeper, more eternal message that this Sunday evokes for the disciples of a Jewish man who lived in first century Palestine.  This message is the Good News that “Jesus is Risen”. Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. Some of the women, who were followers of Jesus, went to his tomb very early…when the world thinks about celebrating Easter.  It is a joyful holiday that children love and families can enjoy sharing together.  Who can resist a cute little bunny that delivers chocolate eggs and other yummy treats?  However, there is […]
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Rainbow of Promise

Rainbow of Promise

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What do rainbows, clover, gold and leprechauns have to do with spring?  In March, we look forward to the first days of spring when green things are popping out all over, including clover, and rainbows sparkle brilliantly through the spring rains.  Many folks also enjoy celebrating an Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. This global celebration of Irish culture occurs on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.  The shamrock (or clover) is symbolically associated with Ireland, St. Patrick, and mythical leprechauns, who supposedly hide their gold in pots at the end of rainbows. Of course, real rainbows don’t have pots of gold at their end, however, they are a symbol of a covenant promise, God’s glory and hope for the world.   When Noah, his family and all the animals got off the ark, God…o the first days of spring when green things are popping out all over, including clover, and rainbows sparkle brilliantly through the spring rains.  Many folks also enjoy celebrating an Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. This global celebration […]
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“For behold, the winter is past!”

“For behold, the winter is past!”

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Springtime! Oh, how lovely are the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips! The signs of newness, growth, and revival are popping up all over as the buds awaken with the warming weather and the birds are chirping in the spring sunshine. It’s the time of year where our spirits are also feeling the stirring of springtime renewal. A classic song from the 1960’s by “The Byrds” was based on words Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted”.  One question we may ask is “where shall we look to find this spring of renewal?” God has actually provided us with the perfect plan for our spiritual renewal, and we find it in His Word, the Bible. When we look at Jesus, his life, his purpose, and the fulfillment…d revival are popping up all over as the buds awaken with the warming weather and the birds are chirping in the spring sunshine. It’s the time of year where our spirits are also feeling the stirring of springtime renewal. […]
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Like a Rose

Like a Rose

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“What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet…” This quote is from Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic story of love lived out in its bitter and sweet experiences.  February is a month in which we celebrate loving relationships. Our traditional holiday of Valentine’s Day brings to mind roses, chocolate, hearts, and jewels.  It is a holiday symbolic of love. A day for children to share the love of friendships by exchanging heart-shaped cards and sweets with friends. A day for husbands, wives and sweethearts to celebrate their romantic love with gifts like roses, chocolates, and fragrant perfumes. God’s love for us is also distinctly fragrant like the rose and bitter sweet like dark chocolate.  Jesus is the symbol and the proof of God’s great love for us. He came to this world to share the love of God with us,…is quote is from Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic story of love lived out in its bitter and sweet experiences.  February is a month in which we celebrate loving relationships. Our traditional holiday of Valentine’s Day brings […]
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Freedom like a dream!

Freedom like a dream!

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There is something about freedom that opens our hearts, captivates our minds and entices us to dream.  We all love the idea of freedom and our American heritage reflects this pursuit for freedom. Many of our heroes are people who have fought and even died in pursuit of freedom. One of these modern day heroes is remembered this month on January 20th, Martin Luther King, who lived his life pursuing this very lofty goal for all Americans during the civil rights movement. However, the greatest hero of freedom lived many centuries ago and purchased eternal freedom for all who are willing to follow him. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."”  (John‬ ‭8:31-32‬). In fact, God set a plan in place for our….  We all love the idea of freedom and our American heritage reflects this pursuit for freedom. Many of our heroes are people who have fought and even died in pursuit of freedom. One of these modern day heroes […]
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