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“Truly, this man was the Son of God”

The Death of Jesus

Crucified

 

“…when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Mark 15:33,34 ESV

 

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” – John 19:28-30 NASB

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” –                   Mark 15:37-39 ESV

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Year 2013

New-Year-2013

Lord Jesus, thank You for 2012.  It’s been a year of blessings – memories to cherish, trials and victories through You. May we walk close to You and thank You every day of our lives.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review…”Double-Wide”

Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide? (Cause I Need More Room For My Plasma TV)

A Zondervan Book by: Karen Spears Zacharias

“Author Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine—the Cash and
Cadillac Gospel.” (credit: Zondervan synopsis)

Intriguing title isn’t it? In “Double-Wide” Karen shares 19 stories from “The Evangelist” to “The Mogul” to “The Entrepreneur” and several others along the way, illustrating with laughter and tears the message that a relationship with God is not about (or should not be) what He can do for us, how He can prosper us and bestow His favor on us.

What is the prosperity gospel? It has been called the “name it and claim it” gospel, “gospel of success” – the “Cash and Cadillac Gospel” and so on. It is the “good news” that God wants believers to be materially wealthy. Dr. Robert Tilton is a well-known proponent of the prosperity gospel – according to his website “All of the books Dr. Tilton’s has written inspire the reader to Expect Greater Things from God.” A common message amongst the prosperity preachers is giving. They encourage their followers to give generously, which is all well and good, but the motive for giving generously is that God gives back more in return and then this leads to a cycle of ever-increasing prosperity. That is about the gist of it – it is all about you and you gaining wealth and prosperity because, you know, you deserve it! The thing is, it is these “evangelists” who are becoming wealthy on that money people are sending in to God.

Some details from Zondervan’s website on this book:

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What does it really mean to be blessed by God?

With Southern charm and razor-sharp wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the “prosperity” gospel has led us astray from true Christianity and helped create people and churches focused on greed.

Zacharias unpacks story after story of families and individuals using the name of God as a means to living their own “good life.” You’ll hear shocking tales of those who exploit the gospel for their own gain, and mega-evangelists who live in million-dollar mansions with children groomed from the cradle to sell the message of Christ while their parents rake in the cash. Discover churches that have modeled themselves on Wall Street and unbridled materialism, and see what is happening to them now. Is this the good life?

You’ll also meet some unlikely folks who live with genuine biblical integrity. People who know that God is more than some cosmic genie who gives them an easy life, a fat bank account, and a second home in an exotic location.

Come discover stories about authentic Christianity and the true “good life” in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

From the book jacket:

“We have this notion that God owes us better than we’ve gotten.”

“We treat God like a slot machine, yanking on the prayer cable, hoping that the triple 7’s will appear.” writes Karen Spears Zacharias

Endorsements:

“Behind this satirical title lies a book filled with insight and wisdom. Karen Spears Zacharias provides parables of people who confront their faith with truth and grit. It’s an honest and timely read.”          Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home

“An honest, raw account of some who use God for their purposes and some who seek to follow God to use them – a huge difference!”
                                                                             Rev. Dr. Layne E. Smith, senior pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, North Carolina

You can also read Karen’s blog at: http://www.patheos.com/community/karenspearszacharias/

I enjoyed reading “Double-Wide” and regularly enjoy reading Karen’s blog. Looking for a copy of “Where is Your Jesus Now? Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith” and “After the Flag Has Been Folded.” I cannot find any bookstore or Christian bookstore selling “Where is Your Jesus Now?” – maybe I’ll find a resale copy at Amazon?

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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He took the nails for me…

Living He loved me

Dying He saved me

Buried He carried my sins far away

Rising He justified freely forever

One Day He’s Coming…

O Glorious Day!

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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 53:4-5

Glorious Day (living He Loved Me) lyrics

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected

Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine


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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Dear Lord….

(by: Anonymous)

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day.

I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning.

I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.

You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.

Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil.

And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example — to slip away and find a quiet place to pray.

It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak..

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way.

I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood.

I pray for those who don’t know You intimately.

I pray for those who don’t believe. But I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers.

For every family member in their households.

I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly..

This is my

prayer.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Mary Did You Know?

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the Great I Am

 

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Posted by on December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Golden Lake, Ontario

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare! 

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heavenly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!


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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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