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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Words of Encouragement March 31, 2013 - Happy Easter!

Pastor's message today fit with our songs of redemption and praise. He noted that the three crosses discussed at Calvary have a meaning. The Thief who taunted Jesus was the doubter, signifying Rejection.
The second thief believed Jesus to be good and righteous. Jesus said he would welcome him into Paradise. This cross represents Restoration. Jesus' life and suffering reveal His Love for all men. His death and rising to life represents the Hope He gives us through His Resurrection. He encourages men to live life fully and joyfully in that Hope!

I had a difficult choice of songs to share today.
We sang five for our Easter Service and they were all powerful.
I choose this song which I did not know before we began practicing.
The lyrics include:
"Grace signed my pardon when Christ took my blame.
When I'm called to answer for my history,
Calvary answers for me!"

A Verse for Today:
Romans 5:9-11 The Message (MSG)
9-11 Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

Thank you Lord Jesus for your great sacrifice and for being worthy to open the scroll to redeem this world when the time comes. I rejoice in your resurrection and that I can live even more fully through your resurrected life. 

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