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Missing Mom

Remembering with Love,
Mother and Grandmother
Kathleen Louise Libby
Oct. 19, 1942 – April 29, 1998

Little did we know
When we woke up that morning
The sorrow that day would bring,
The call was sudden,
the shock severe,
To part with the one we loved so dear.
You were gone before we realized
And only God knew the reason why,
Your presence we miss,
Your memories we treasure,
We will keep you near forever.
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And our silent tears still flow,
For what it mean to lose you
No one will ever know.

Remembered with Love by:
Barbara & Casey
Susan & Greg
Janie & Dominic
Andrew, Mark, Jessica,
Matthew, Michael, Christopher

7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                       2 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)

I know without reservation or doubt that the moment that my dear mother was gone from her body, she was present with her Lord.

And, I know that I will see her again. There will be a family reunion.

13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

He Ain’t the Leavin’ Kind

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for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13:5b (King James Version)

These are hard times. There are people literally giving their house keys to the banks because they just cannot pay the mortgage. They are walking away. People are struggling with debt and loss of income. They bought a home or car based on the income that they had counted on, and are now “laid off” which is a polite way of saying “Hit the road Jack, we don’t need you anymore.” It is happening in Canada and the United States, businesses are going bankrupt or seeking bankruptcy protection and thousands of people are losing their income.

The circumstances are desperate and the people are too. They have no idea what they will do. 

People who have deep faith are being put to the test. They are looking up to the heavens and asking, “Lord, what do I do?”  they are scared and possibly for the first time in their walk with God, they are learning to fully rely on God. He is there, He does care. He hasn’t walked away and turned His back. 

The verse in Hebrews quoted above also quotes a passage in Deuteronomy 31:6 which says: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God has promised that He will go with you. It is true that we will not always understand why we are going through difficult times nor do we get a “preview” for what the future holds, but we do have His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He has got it covered! 

In 1Peter 5:7 we read: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” He cares for you. He will show you that He cares for you and that He will never leave you. 

Please watch the video and appreciate the words of this song.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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He Is Risen!

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We celebrate the Risen Savior – Christ the Lord.

After the Cross – The Tomb

After Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary, a rich man named Joseph was granted permission to prepare the beaten, bloody and unrecognisable body of Christ for burial. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Roman soldiers placed guards at the tomb and put a seal on the stone to secure it, to make sure that none of the followers of Christ came to steal His body.

At dawn on the first day of the week the women came to look at the tomb. 

Matthew 28:2-10

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

“The greatest news that has ever flashed from heaven to earth is that Christ the Lord is risen. The angel at the tomb delivered the most important message ever to fall on the ears of mankind: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6, KJV). The power of those words changed the course of history, brought hope to a hopeless world, and gave believers a purpose and a power that they had never known before.” — Billy Graham

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. Lowry

The resurrection of Christ is the most significant part of the Easter story. If it ended at the Cross of Calvary where would we be? It is Christ’s victory over death – the grave, that is our Hope – we serve a Living Savior! 

“As the death of Christ removes the penalty of sin and declares the believer to be righteous before God, the Resurrection of the Lord empowers the believer in a transformed life. Both aspects are divine works of grace. By Christ’s Crucifixion, He becomes my Savior; by His Resurrection, He becomes my Lord.

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” — Ross Rhoads

 


 
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Posted by on April 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We are guilty and He is innocent

good-friday“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5 KJV

Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me. 
—Ovens

What a concept – that one who is innocent would take the punishment for the one who is guilty! Unheard of, unless you are God – the Son of God – the Lamb of God.

If you have watched the Passion of the Christ you see that the Jewish leaders pushed for the death of the one who claimed to be “King of the Jews” because of their stubborn hearts that would not believe that He was the Messiah – the movie is powerful but leaves the audience feeling like – if it wasn’t for those Jewish leaders, Christ would have never had to go to the cross – that is not why Christ went to the cross.

It was God’s plan. It was foretold. It wasn’t a mistake. God gave His only Son: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17

“Jesus was given to you, and with the help of lawless people, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which he had made long ago; he knew this would happen. God raised Jesus from the dead and set him free from the pain of death, because death could not hold him.” — Acts 2:23-24

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” — John 10:17, 18

The Lord Jesus Christ was innocent, spotless, had never sinned and because of His love for us, He suffered, shed His blood to cover our sins. He willing laid down His life for us, to save us from the penalty of our sins. He was innocent – we were the guilty ones.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” — Ephesians 1:7

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest

“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came. — the greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.

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When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

  — Isaac Watts

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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