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Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

This is the best of times – the resurrection of our Lord. What a glorious day!

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I read Psalm 18:28 the other day and had to paint a picture.

O, LORD, keep my lamp burning

my God turns my darkness into light (Psalm 18:28, NIV).

Because of Jesus I am no longer in the dark. He has brought me into the light. Thank You, Jesus.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV)

Here is a wonderful song from Hillsong. Light Will Shine in the Darkness

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Happy Easter – Let Jesus’ light shines through us. (tweet this)

TODAY IS SUNDAY STILLNESS.

Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

This week the challenge was to take the flower we created from last week and add it to a bouquet.

Here is last week’s flower – a carnation.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

And this week here is my bouquet.

Spring-Flowers-Bouquet

Of course I had to look up verses about flowers. I thought about the short life of cut flowers. Even though I kept this bouquet for 2 weeks using ice cubes they still died. Our enjoyment of them is fleeting.

I thought then about life and how fleeting it is too.

O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am (Ps 39:4, ESV)!

Being Easter week this tied all together. Death/Life

Here is a poem I wrote about Easter

Choose Life

We have a choice, not like the flower
We were doomed to die – the end
But by God’s grace,
Jesus made a way for us to live – the beginning
In Jesus we have the way
– an open door to life
– salvation through grace
Jesus died – but rose again
To open that door for us
To be with God forever.
That’s the Gospel – The Good News of Easter

Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).

Flowers cannot choose. We can. It will involve decisions and life changes and making right choices.

It reminds me of a song we sang last year in VBS – Choose Jesus. Here it is for you to enjoy.

I am joining Creative Tuesdays – please drop over and see other art pieces with this theme.

I also joined Paint Party Friday for the first time today.

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Flowers cannot choose. We can. Choose Life. (click to tweet)

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Transformed

Wednesday’s Word – Transformed

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As we head toward Easter I think back at the difference that Easter means to me now compared to earlier -before I understood who Jesus is.

I found a poem I had written a few years ago.

I thought I would share it with you today. It is based on Romans 12:1-2.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Inside Out

Dry, brittle
Easily hurt
Lifeless
Angry, unsure
Taking hold of life
By sheer will.

Exert control, demand
Expect everyone
To heed my call.
EMPTY

Jesus entered
Sensed my struggle
Asked me to lay it down.

Pierced my soul
With life-giving blood
And turned me inside out.

Released my fear
Sorrow and pain
Mercy washed over me.

Showed me love,
Patience and passion
And life with an Eternity.
 FULL

@Janis Cox 2008

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HOW ELSE CAN SATAN DISTRACT US?

This will be the end of my last week in Poland with International Messengers. I fly home next Tuesday.

For the past two weeks I have been showing you how Satan can steal our time and relationship with Jesus. First  What are you Tin Gods? Next How Busy are You?

This week:

How Else Can Satan Distract Us?

by Jan Cox

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Satan Wants to Distract us from God

We have seen the ways that Satan tries to keep us away from God – in the past two weeks I have been posting a letter called Satan’s Meeting. This is the last part of that letter today.

Can Satan Distract Your Children from knowing God?

Satan continues to talk to his helpers. He discusses ways to keep our children from knowing the true God and Jesus.

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about His resurrection and power over sin and death.”

Then he discusses what children do in their “free” time. Can they relax and talk to God?

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”

Do your Children have time to Relax and Talk to God?

Satan wants them to have no TIME to seek God.

He says: “Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

What is Distracting you and your Children from God?

Then he asks us about our church and our church talk. This is a serious question. Are we concerned for one another or do we have ulterior motives?

Satan really hits us hard here.

He says, “And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

Do we actually know Our Church Sisters and Brothers? Do we care for them?

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health andfamily for the good of the cause.”

And what do we Do at Church? Really?

And then Satan ends with:

It will work! It will work!

Can we stop him? Can we put blinders on and ignore all that Satan has to distract us? Can we find the time to connect with our God?

Prayer:

Father, we want to know you more. We realize that Satan is up to no good. He wants to distract us from a relationship with You. Help us we pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

What do you think?

We would love to hear from you?

I will be back next week with a long list of my blessings – Counting my blessings.

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 has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.

INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH LOVE

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?

Prayer:

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.

NICK AND JOE SAVE EASTER – Sunday’s Sermon

Nick and Joe Save Easter

by Pastor John Enabnit

The Empty Tomb – He is risen.

Our pastor gave a tremendous service on Easter Sunday.  You can listen to the sermon on a podcast.   I have put in the highlights of what I took from his sermon.

The title was Nick and Joe Save Easter.

Of course he talked about Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.

The following is how I interpreted his talk.

In Jerusalem in Jesus’ day, a family member could not mourn or remove the body of a crucified victim. The body was to stay up as a reminder to others. The body would, after a few days, be taken to the garbage dump, Gehenna, which always had a fire burning.

Both Nick and Joe were Pharisees (the rule makers; their job was to be good; they believed that God spoke only to them).

But Nick and Joe along with others had secret conversations with Jesus. Nicodemus was selected to go ask Jesus the IMPORTANT QUESTION. “How can I know that I have a right standing with God?” Jesus answered him before he asked the question.

“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”” (John 3:3 NIV).

“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit”” John 3:5 NIV).

All the while this is going on the other Pharisees are preparing to get rid of Jesus. (They were afraid of losing their power.) What really opened Nick and Joe’s eyes was the resurrection of Lazarus. They saw the stone rolled away. They heard Jesus speak and say “Lazarus, come out” (John 11:41-43 NIV).

Most of the Pharisees went away deciding that Jesus had to be dealt with – His power terrified them. The few of the secret group went away questioning what had happened. They knew their history of the Jewish people. They remembered Isaiah 53:5.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions,
   he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
   and by his wounds we are healed.”

Then God’s Hand put the rest of the Easter Story into play. After Jesus was crucified, Joseph went to Pilate to ask for Jesus’ body. Pilate sent soldiers to check if Jesus were truly dead. He was. This was extremely important to the Story. Pilate let Joseph take the body down and put it in a tomb. He must have bribed the ‘powers that be’ to do that. He was the right person for the job.

Even when the disciples deserted Jesus, Nicodemus and Joseph believed.

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there”(John 19:38-42 NIV).

Even though Jesus died they had courage to follow the prophets of old and faith and courage to look after the body.

No disciple stayed at the tomb. Not one of them.

But on Sunday the stone was rolled away and Easter happened.

You know the rest of the story.

I like that God had the plan – He used ordinary people “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV).

How can He use me? How can He use you?

Let’s ask Him.

Happy Easter. He is risen. He is risen indeed.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Jesus – for giving up Your Son for us. We thank You for using regular people to accomplish Your purposes like Nick and Joe. We ask that You use us as You wish to further Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

An Addendum

I had read Easter morning before the church service, from Oswald Chambers these words:

“As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.” [Jesus spoke these words before His ascension into Heaven] “Holy Spirit” is the experimental name for Eternal Life working in human beings here and now.”

Once again it confirmed for me that we must be reborn spiritually.

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:14 NIV).