🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
~ John 20:26b-29

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
~ Psalm 18:46

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
~ Luke 24:33-39

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus) explained to them (the two disciples on the road to Emmaus) what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village where they were going, he acted as if he were going to travel farther. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, since it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he reclined at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and began giving it to them. Suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. Then he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us along the road and while he was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:27-32

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Easter Worship Service ~ April 4th, 2021

Resurrection – Angel Duty ~ Mark 16:1-8

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Blessed Easter!

Join us this Morning at 10:00 to celebrate our risen Lord Jesus!

The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 
Come and see the place where he lay.”

~ Matthew 28:5-6

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Jesus’ Greatest Miracle

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5-6

In the early hours of the morning, the women came to the tomb of Jesus. They were like weary travelers looking for a place to stop and rest. But it was rest for their souls that they longed for. The one thing they needed more than anything else, the hope of salvation in the promised Messiah, must have seemed to them simply unobtainable. They had witnessed Jesus’ enemies crushing the life out of him. With his death, their hopes in him had also been crushed. So as they prepared to visit Jesus’ grave on that Sunday an open, empty tomb is not what the women expected to see.

However, they were met by heavenly receptionists–angels of heaven who brought them the news: “He is not here; he has risen.” Those weary and astonished women who had come to the tomb expecting to find it sealed with the dead body of Jesus inside, instead found that it was open and that Jesus was no longer there.

Jesus performed many miracles during his ministry here on earth. The Bible records some of them in detail: who Jesus healed, what Jesus said, and how the miracle affected people. There are other verses in the Bible which state in general that Jesus performed miracles for masses of people. But of all the miracles that Jesus did, the greatest is the one he did to himself–he came out of his tomb alive!

This miracle of miracles is vital for us. Like those women, we come to the empty tomb where God beckons us—the weary, the lost, the frustrated, the discouraged, all who are searching for shelter from the storms and trials of this earth.

The open tomb is our assurance that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. By the open tomb of Jesus, God says to us that he has accepted the sacrifice Jesus offered on the cross to pay for all of our sins. The open tomb testifies that Jesus is our Savior.

The open tomb is Jesus’ greatest miracle, and most meaningful for us!

Living Lord Jesus, your open tomb is the miracle that assures me that you are my Savior from sin. Fill my heart with the confidence that your ultimate power over death is also the great miracle that you will perform for me. Amen.

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
~ Isaiah 53:11

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The great exchange

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  ~ Isaiah 53:5

A very important truth that God makes clear for us in his word is that he does not want us to have any sin. In fact, he says that if we do sin, we cannot live with him because he is a sinless, holy God. Sin is so serious to God that he pronounces the death penalty for anyone who sins. He says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) and “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:20). So who can ever hope to stand in God’s presence and enjoy his favor? For try as we do, we are not perfect. Sinful thoughts, words and acts clutter our lives.

However, in love for us, God made an exchange. Instead of holding us under his judgment for all our wrongdoing, he placed his Son, Jesus Christ, under judgment instead of us. The Bible is speaking about Jesus when it says, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

That is the great exchange! Jesus came and exchanged his life for ours. Our transgressions (times when we fail to live according to God’s holy will) were taken away when Jesus was pierced on the cross. Our iniquities (all the things we think or do that don’t measure up to God’s perfect will) were taken away when Jesus was crushed in death. Our punishment was paid for by Jesus.

Through Jesus you have peace with God. Through his wounds you are given life with God. Through Jesus you are forgiven and loved by God. Yes, you! God chose to make that exchange for you.

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April 2nd ~ Good Friday Service at 6:30 PM

April 4th ~ Easter Worship Service at 10:00 AM

But he (David) was a prophet… Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life ~ Acts 2:30a, 31-32a

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
~ 1 John 4:10

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