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Why Did Jesus’ Life Go From Adulation to Execution?

Why we need to be transported back to the first century to find the real story of Easter

I’m joining Five Minute Friday today with the word prompt “why?”


“Why?” I think this is the most asked question in our lives.

From the everyday:

Why can’t you remember?

To the deep:


Isn’t there peace?
Can’t people get along?

And to the deeper?

Why did Jesus have to die?

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Sunday Stillness – Seek His Kingdom

Sunday Stillness – Seek His Kingdom


Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well (Luke12:31, NIV).

I have joined Margaret Feinberg and 10 000 others in reading through the New Testament for Lent. So far I am keeping up.

Of course I can’t just read the words. I have to study them; question them; and write down my thoughts.

While reading Luke I came across this passage. I remembered a similar passage from Matthew in the King James Version.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33, KJV).

What it meant to me is for me to be on the lookout for God in my day. When I received this picture above in the mail I immediately saw the cross. I had a similar experience when I was taking pictures early in the morning last year. Take a look at the picture below. It was an aha moment as I searched for reflections in pictures.


As I make myself more aware of God around me – I see more. Are you looking for the presence of God? Try it. Seek His Kingdom.

May you all have a blessed week.


Are you aware of God around you? Open your eyes to see more. (click to tweet)

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Into His Presence with Love

by Mary Haskett

Thoughts of my church’s past Easter services keep popping into my mind, hymns and songs of praise and worship.

On Good Friday our pastor reminded us that it truly was a good Friday. He pointed out God’s goodness in sending His son to die for us, and the goodness of the Son to obey the Father.

Then came Easter Sunday morning; our pastor’s wife led us in worship. Among other songs we sang that most beautiful and thought provoking song, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” written by Stuart Townsend with co-writer Keith Getty. This song is so moving. Tears ran down my face when we sung:

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powers, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

When we’d finished singing, our pastor’s wife reminded us of a worship leader who had once suggested we change one line in the song. Rather than singing, “It was my sin that held Him there,” we sang, “It was His love that held Him there.”

His love—what a thought! Let us enter into His presence thanking Him for his love, and let us express our love to Him?


Lord today I come into your presence with a heart full of love and gratitude for You. I love you for all you’ve done for me. I love you for listening to my prayers, for working things out for my good, for taking care of every aspect of my life. Lord I love  you and I thank you.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.



by Jan Cox

The New Compass

My husband searched for a compass at a marine store the other day. He wanted to have one on his boat – I am not sure why because I like to stay close enough to shore that I can see it. But he purchased one anyway. I hope he hasn’t got some notion of going into larger areas of water where we can’t see land.

I thought of how we sometimes use our GPS to find a place and how we end up on the other side of the street and still have to stop and ask a person where to find the store.

Praise the Lord that He is a true compass – One Who can guide, point and save us. That’s how I see the letters GPS – God Points and Saves – He shows us the way.

On this Good Friday, as we think of how He saved us – remember why He came – why He went to this trouble and pain – for us.

He calls to us from the deep.
He speaks into our hearts and souls.
He wants to touch us and restore us to godly lives.

That’s why He came – to make a “gateway into life for us”. He overthrew Satan, so we could become sons of God.

“He had triumphed to save the human race. Every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.” (Oswald Chambers, April 5th)

So today I leave you with this song.

The Wonderful Cross by Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin

I am now looking ahead to Easter.


Today’s prayer comes from my study of Revelation in the Amazing Collection.

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech be Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer. O God, who hast been the Refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my Refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my Guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my Guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my Strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with thy peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN. (bolding is mine) (John Baillie, twentieth-century Scottish theologian and ecumenical leader)

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000 – I am at 1200

  • communication with our family
  • blessed by my daughter and son-in-law with a donation to my favourite charity
  • planning a party for 8
  • planning new Bible study for 10 women – using Grace Fox’s book, From Fear to Freedom – A Woman-to-Woman Conversation
  • air-conditioning in Arizona for my allergies
  • our local Financial Peace Group saved and reduced debt to a tune of $300 000 in 13 weeks. Hallelujah.
  • Keeping my allergies under control
  • Leftovers – an easy meal
  • Revelation – study from The Amazing Collection – Jesus Christ revealed
  • Art classes – great teacher who helps me “see”
  • Not letting technology use me
  • “Our faith has to be worked out in actualities” (Oswald Chambers)
  • reading Oswald Chambers each morning on my new IPOD
  • thinking about Easter
  • learning more by studying God’s Word
  • excited about flying home in 2 weeks and getting hugs from kids, grandkids and friends


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.