Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen!

Matthew 27:55 – 28:7 It was now the third day. The man sat in his cave and pondered what he’d seen. He had watched as two men took Jesus’ body, placed it in a nearby tomb and rolled a large stone across the entrance. He was still there when a group of Roman soldiers came …

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Tetelestai – It Is Finished!

Matthew 27:45-54 TETELESTAI!!! Rocks and tombs broke apart as the reverberating cry shook heaven and earth. The man felt the ground quiver and heard the shuddering roar of ruptured stone. Dense darkness bore down as he opened his eyes from what felt like a long, deep sleep. His body felt heavy. Faint memories of past …

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Lord, Save Our Children!

Almighty Father, we thank for the precious gift of children and the blessings that they lavish upon our lives. We recognize your tender affection for these little ones, through whom your name is glorified in the miracle of new life. Open our hearts to love these ones as you do; enlighten the eyes of our …

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Lord, Heal Our Land Part 7

A battle cry for peace inspired by Psalm 46. Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth.  You are our refuge and strength, ever present to help in times of trouble. Because You are with us, we will not give in to fear. Though the enemy roars and rages, we receive Your peace. For we know …

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New Year C.L.O.C.K.

Since 1989, a project has been underway to build a clock which will tick once a year for the next 10,000 years, move the century hand every 100 years and mark each millennium with a cuckoo appearance.  The project, alternatively termed ‘10,000-Year Clock,’ ‘Millenium Clock,’ and ‘Clock of the Long Now’ aims to promote long-term …

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The Great Shepherd Proclamation

Throughout scripture, we encounter Jehovah Rohi, the Lord Our Shepherd. Long before David penned the familiar verses of Psalm 23, Jacob acknowledged the mighty role which the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel played in the life of his son Joseph (Gen 49:24). The prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah delivered divine prophecies featuring Israel as the sheep …

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Thank You (Even) For the Fleas

In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom shares the harrowing tale of how she, her father and sister Betsie were arrested for harboring Jews from the Nazis in Holland. After weeks of solitary confinement, Corrie and Betsie reunited in a concentration camp where they were assigned to a flea ridden barracks. Their horror …

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The Tenacious Faith of Israel’s Patriarchs Part III

Not only did Joseph know he was a favored son, he made sure everyone else did as well – including his increasingly envious brothers. Eventually, jealousy boiled over and his brothers sold him into slavery, while telling their father Israel that Joseph had been devoured by wild animals (Gen 37). Ending up in Egypt, Joseph …

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The Tenacious Faith of Israel’s Patriarchs Part II

Jacob’s heel grabbing in the womb was a foreshadowing of future events. First, he conned his brother Esau into selling his birthright for a bowl of stew (Gen 25:29-34). Then, when their father Isaac was old and blind, Jacob conspired with their mother Rebekah to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing of the firstborn …

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