Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Sunday Message

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Like the way Thanksgiving is my favorite celebrated family holiday, so are the moments of Jesus for which he gave us all, leading up to Easter Monday - these are the 'Time' for which I am most thankful.

The Bible is poetry to me in the way Shakespeare is poetry to many. Have you ever considered the same about the Bible? It really is so beautiful. Sometimes I become so overwhelmed by how sensible and aware their minds back then when I see the meaning in the words of the Bible. It really is not hard to understand and a lot of it requires an intuition you may not even know you surely have. I am sure everyone would love it. Here's a great website and resource, Bible Gateway, where you can read and research scripture online all in the language or translation of your choice! I also love Billy Graham and his website... he reminds me so much of my Grandfather and the way he used to share the gospel.

Some of my favorite Biblical Phrases from King James' Version I've included below from the Bible given to me by my mother, which my Grandmother gave to her - and I will pass down for generations to come. It is the only thing of this earth I keep as all other material things I've ever owned have never been important to me and I always give away to someone else in need (and forgive me to say, toss!).

Have a beautiful and memorable weekend everyone...

The lad Jesus in the temple
Luke 2: 49
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

Sins of the natural man
Romans 1: 16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God
for the salvation of every one who believeth.

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6: 9-13
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,

A Psalm of David, the Twenty-Third Psalm
Psalm 23: 1-6
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Creation of Man. The Seventh Day. Eden. Creation of Woman.
Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

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The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:1-17
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt now bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Sermon on the mount
Matthew 6: 19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Jesus pays tribute; teaches humility
Matthew 18: 2-6
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted; and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

On faith and prayer
Mark 11: 23-25
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Jesus and the Jews: his claim
John 9: 5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

"If ye love me, keep my commandments. Love one another, as I have loved you."
John 15: 9-17
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

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